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Studying overseas

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Studying in the USA or Canada

The USA represents the ultimate dream destination for many students: it is a huge and varied country with top quality, post-secondary education. There is also a great variety of programmes, and you can study almost every imaginable subject.

American universities value diversity, and welcome the different perspectives that international students bring. A substantial proportion of both faculty and students come from minority groups.

Such quality education does not come cheap, the cost of living in the US is higher than in some places, and non-US citizens or residents are not eligible for federal aid. More and more universities, however, are giving financial aid and can help students with grants, which may not, however, cover the whole costs of study.

Canada has a reputation for being very welcoming to foreign students, and, as a result of its own bilingual English/French situation, is a leader in second language training. Like the USA, it has universities and community colleges, the latter offering two-year programmes. Public education is under provincial jurisdiction, so the system will vary from province to province. Education can be cheaper than in the US.

Both the US and Canada require students from overseas to have a visa: check with the relevant embassy, or institution, what the exact requirements are. In the US, the immigration procedures are cumbersome, and practical matters such as getting a driving licence or social security number can be difficult.