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    Travel is by far the best education

    Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to experience a new culture and gain some life skills, whilst continuing your education.  When it comes to job opportunities, foreign study is an impressive selling point, and picking up a new language is a bonus for your CV.

    Studying abroad might give you an edge when job hunting. It takes a certain amount of courage and flexibility to take on the challenge of learning in a foreign country. Just make sure that the qualifications you gain are recognised globally.

    Lots of universities and colleges offer overseas study programs, with plenty of support and guidance along the way. Tuition, housing and fees should be covered as part as your overall educational expense. Similarly to the UK, foreign institutions usually help their overseas students find suitable accommodation.

    If you wish to study in Australia you must show you have sufficient funds to pay for accommodation, airfares, course tuition fees and overseas student health cover (OSHC). You must prove you can manage your tuition fee and general expenses during the duration of your stay in Australia on a student visa.

    The first step in applying to study in New Zealand is to select an institution and course and then make an enrolment application for that course. There is no limit on the age of a person wishing to study in New Zealand however the New Zealand Immigration Service needs to be satisfied that the applicant is a genuine student when they process the student visa application.

    More than 130,000 students go to study in Canada every year. The Canadians believe foreign students bring a rich culture to their classrooms, and if you decide this is the place for you, you’ll be made to feel very welcome.

    Research is vital. Find out what your chosen program requires of foreign students – including age restrictions, paperwork, previous school records and visas. Ask about any additional fees or taxes you may need to pay and whether you’ll need to find your own accommodation.

    Search the web and online student portals to gather recommendations and advice from former students who have studied abroad. Prior knowledge is invaluable when planning your own experience.