• Seven amazing places to study around the world

Broaden your horizons by looking outside the UK for a university place

This feature is sponsored by The Student World

Going to university is a life-changing experience in itself. But opt for a uni that happens to be overseas and you can expect to have the time of your life while also immersing yourself in an entirely different culture.

By studying abroad you'll attain so much more than just a degree, you’ll develop yourself personally and will stand out on the job market with your worldly experiences. Depending on where you go you might even manage to duck tuition fees. But where to choose? We've picked out seven of the most amazing places in the world in which to study...

Hong Kong
Heading to university in Hong Kong offers you the enviable opportunity to study an English-language course within the borders of China. The city boasts two universities ranked in the world’s top 100 and its qualifications are internationally recognised. As well as your day-to-day studies, you could also take the time to pick up some conversational Mandarin.

How much will it cost?

  1. Estimated living expenses £500 per month
  2. Undergraduate course fees from £6,000 per year
  3. Graduate course fees from £6,000 per year

Random fact: roughly translated, Hong Kong means 'fragrant harbour' in Chinese. The origins of the name are unclear, but may be related to the city's once-bustling incense trade.

Australia

Top of the travelling list for many a gap-year backpacker, Australia is also a great place to study. Tuition fees are comparable to the UK and the country is renowned for the quality of its universities. On top of that, you also get to enjoy the 'no worries' Aussie lifestyle. Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane are home to some of the country's best universities.

How much will it cost?

  1. Estimated living expenses - AUD$12,000 - $18,000 (£7,838 - £11,757) per year
  2. Undergraduate course fees on average AUD$10,000 to AU$16,500 (£6,531 - £10,777) per year
  3. Graduate course fees on average AUD$11,000 to AU$18,500 (£7,185 – 12,083) per year

Random fact: In the 1960s, Australian Bob Hawke made it into the Guinness Book of World Records after downing a yard of ale in just 11 seconds. Hawke later became the country's prime minister.


Find out more
Meet over 70 universities from around the world at The Student World Fair events. These take place on 29 September (The Point in Manchester) and 6 October (Wembley Stadium, London) and they are free to attend!



The Netherlands
Going Dutch is an excellent choice if you want to take an English-taught degree in a non-English speaking country. As anyone who has ever visited will tell you, The Netherlands is one of the most welcoming countries in the world and that extends to its education system. Tuition fees are low and flights home can take less than an hour. Utrecht and Amsterdam both have universities that feature in the world's top 100.

How much will it cost?

  1. Estimated living expenses €800-1,100 (£634 - £872) per month
  2. Undergraduate tuition fees from €1,771 (£1404) per year
  3. Postgraduate tuition fees from €1,771 (£1404) per year

Random fact: there are around 18 million bicycles in the Netherlands. That's more than one for every person who lives there.

Ireland

Famous for dramatic landscapes, friendly people and pints of the black stuff, Ireland is a great option for UK students. As well as being a beautiful country, it's also close to home and benefits from a big financial draw: zero tuition fees. With no language barrier and some highly rated universities (specifically in Dublin), Ireland's a place that deserves to be near the top of any would-be international student's list.

How much will it cost?

  1. Estimated living expenses – €850 (£674) per month
  2. Undergraduate course fees €0
  3. Graduate course fees from €5,000 (£3,964) per year

Random fact: there are no snakes in the wild in Ireland. Or, for that matter, moles.


Make a change
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Sweden
There's a whole heap more to Sweden than Stieg Larsson books and flat-pack furniture. It's a beautiful and historic country that's popular with foreign students, with a style of education that favours informality and group work. Uppsala, Karolinska Institute and Lund University are ranked among the world's top 100 universities.

How much will it cost?

  1. Estimated living expenses £600 per month
  2. Undergraduate tuition fees £0
  3. Graduate tuition fees from £6,000 per year

Random fact: the world's oldest living tree is a 9,550-year-old Christmas tree discovered in Dalarna Province, Sweden.

United States

Home to seven of the top 10 universities in the world (the other three are in the UK), the US is the most popular destination for international students. Study in the US and you'll benefit from an incredibly diverse culture and environment as well as gaining a degree that will be globally recognised. The only snag is the cost - but there are scholarships available to international students.

How much will it cost?

  1. Estimated living expenses per year - $10,000-$16,000 (£6,331 - £10,130)
  2. Average annual tuition fee at a public 4-year - $20,770 (£13,148)
  3. Average annual tuition fee at a private 4-year - $28,500 (£18,041)
  4. Average annual tuition fee at a 2-year college - $8,000 (£5,064)

Random fact: although English is the most commonly spoken language in the US, the country has no official language.

Canada

Canadian cities regularly top quality of life polls - thanks, no doubt, to the country's stunning scenery and its residents' love of the great outdoors. It's also home to a wide range of world-class universities. Vibrant cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are among those you can choose from.

How much will it cost?

  1. Estimated living expenses - CAD$400 - $800 per month (£255 - £511)
  2. Undergraduate course fees on average CAD$6,000 to $17,500 per year (£3,829 - £11,169)
  3. Graduate course fees on average CAD$6,500 to $33,000 per year (£4,148 - £21,060)

Random fact: Alberta, Canada is home to a World Heritage Site with the intriguing name Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.


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