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What are some of the best countries to study abroad?

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Thank you comment icon I recommend Hong Kong for furthering your studies, but first, as Namrata said consider your goals, and what you want to do and set your priorities in the urgent and important ones following. Emmanuel H.
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United States probably has one of the best advanced educational infrastructures in the world. Beyond just the colleges, universities, facilities and professors, the student body is also quite diverse. Having English as the main language of instruction (and also outside) makes it easier for international students to amalgamate with the rest of the crowd and make it truly a fullfilling educational experience. There are programs that allow students to gain real experience via internship and even after graduating through CPTs, OPTs, etc.

It is, however, important to note that cost of living is quite high compared to many other companies, especially if you are coming from the developing world. For international students, you'd probably need an employer than is willing to sponsor your work visa.
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Michaela’s Answer

I would also suggest considering what your end goal is - professionally and personally. Experiencing a new culture first hand, in day to day life, is something i'd recommend to anyone who gets the opportunity. You learn many transferable skills and grow as a person - and it really opens your eyes on a global context. If you want to be challenged and feel confident and ready to commit to it, a country or culture that differs to your own will be a great suggestion. If you're not quite confident or ready for a big change, then potentially look at sticking closer to home, to have that security and support closer at hand. Personally I chose 2 varying continents- Europe and Latin America. I started with Europe - I had already visited as a tourist, it wasn't too far from 'home' and it was a culture I was experienced with. Europe at that time was easy to navigate for travelling around - as Namrata mentioned you will need to consider work/study permit and policies which will have a big impact on your final decision. Latin America was further afield for me and a bigger jump - I knew i would need to commit as trips home for a weekend would not be feasible. Also remember to consider your personal safety wherever you go - know your embassy location for example and look into current security or safety advice for locals and non-locals.

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Consider the support and opportunities your educational institution offer - they may already have links for study abroad and will have past students you can also reach out to for feedback and advice.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Michaela for the advice. Kayana A.
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Namrata’s Answer

There are number of opportunities in different countries. I would recommend thinking about your goals first. If you intend to work in the country where you study, learn about the immigration policies for that country. Some countries have lenient work permit and immigration policies while some countries may have good schools but their work permit rules are stringent. For example, you can work in the US for a 1-3 years after your education without needing a work permit. However, you need H-1B visa to work in the US after that and that is based on a lottery system.
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