Fancy studying abroad? Why not give one of these countries a go?

With 40 of the world’s top 50 universities located outside the UK, it would be foolish not to do your research about options elsewhere.

However, there are obvious difficulties too. Cost, security and job prospects rank high among concerns. But with tuition fees set to rise in both the UK and, in all likelihood, the European Union for British students, it’s worth looking at other options. So where should you start?

Here are three places to consider.

 

1. Australia

Why apply?

There is much more to Australia than sun, sea and sport. Australia has excellent public and private universities and an education system which is based on the British model, meaning that Australian qualifications are recognised in the UK and elsewhere.

Visa requirements

Student Visa (subclass 500). This is usually relatively straightforward to get and will cost you about £320 at current rates.

Cost of studying

At current exchange rates you can expect to pay anywhere between £10,000 and £25,000 per annum depending on the nature of the course.

 

2. Hong Kong

Why apply?

Not only does Hong Kong have some fantastic universities but it also offers incredibly generous scholarships, a safe working and living environment and great links to emerging Asian markets.

Most degrees are taught in English and job prospects are very good.

Visa requirements

Student visas cost about £20 at current rates, though there may also be a university administration fee.

Cost of studying

At current exchange rates you can expect to pay anywhere between £12,000 and £16,000 per year depending on the nature of the course.

 

3. Canada

Why apply?

Canada has a great deal to recommend it to students who are attracted by the US model but who still want to retain some of the strengths of British universities.

Visa requirements

A study permit will cost approximately £90 at current rates.

Cost of studying

The average cost of tuition for international undergraduate students studying in Canada is £10,500 at current rates.