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Students: where to study abroad?
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Whether you decide to cross a border or an ocean, studying abroad is a real opportunity, both personally and professionally. Discovering another culture, another language, but also another way of teaching... Which can become big pluses on your future resume! But you still have to decide where you want to go. Whether you leave out of ambition or curiosity, this trip will remain a unique experience that will mark your life. Follow a few tips before you decide to go for a studying adventure abroad.

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Study at one of the best universities in the world

If you are looking for educational excellence, you can go to a lot of places. For several years now, the United States and the United Kingdom have been on top of the list of the best universities in the world. Among them are, not surprisingly, the prestigious American universities of Harvard, Yale and Princeton. But also CalTech, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Without going that far, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the United Kingdom both offer some of the best education in the world. And it's only a 3-hour train ride from Paris. 

Although geographically dispersed, these universities all have one thing in common: their cost. Excellence has a price, and not only the price of effort. For example, the tuition fees for a single year at Harvard amount to nearly $55,000 (€53,000). Across the Channel, you can expect to pay between £27,840 (€32,685) and £39,010 (€45,800) per year on the Oxford campus, depending on the course of study.

Of course, there are many scholarships available and it is also possible to take only one semester in order to limit your costs.

Studying abroad to learn a language

If your primary goal is to study abroad to learn English, no need to pay huge tuition fees. Many French students choose to study in Canada, both for its reputable and accessible schools and for its attractive lifestyle.
You can also go to the other side of the world and study in Australia, to combine your course with the travel opportunities that many French students experience during a Working Holiday Programme. You can go on road trips in the bush during the school holidays!

But it is also possible to learn English while staying in Europe. Many English language courses are offered in Norway, Sweden and Switzerland

As members of the European Union, these countries offer a number of advantages: no visa is required, the Erasmus programme, and social security rights are maintained within the borders of Europe (which is no longer the case as soon as you leave the European borders!) However, in order to benefit from optimal reimbursement of your health care, you will need to take out international health insurance, as traditional student health insurance and mutual insurance companies do not generally cover their insured abroad.

If you want to learn Spanish, studying in Spain is the obvious choice. More than 40,000 students try it every year. But if you are feeling adventurous, you should know that Argentina is a great destination for international studies. Why? Simply because all tuition fees are completely free! Not to mention the fact that life is cheap. For example, a room in a shared apartment costs an average of €100 and the cost of student life is usually no more than €200 per month!

Our tips for studying abroad

Before choosing which country to study in, ask yourself the right questions first:

  • What courses are open to foreign students?
  • Do exchange programmes exist with France?
  • What is the cost of a year's study and is it possible to obtain a grant and if so, under what conditions?
  • What is the cost of living outside the classroom? Accommodation, food, transport...
  • Are language or skills tests required at the time of application?
  • Are health insurance and/or mutual insurance valid in the country in question? If not, you should consider taking out international student insurance.
  • Will you be able to find a student job?

APRIL International, your partner to study anywhere in the world

Let's talk about health! If you decide to study in the EU, you should know that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will allow you to benefit from the health system of the host country. Please note that the terms of coverage are not necessarily similar to those in France, and may be only partial. Make sure you find out about it beforehand. As its name suggests, this card is no longer valid outside the EU. To ensure you are covered for the duration of your studies abroad, opt for international student insurance in just a few clicks with APRIL International.

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