Adventurous Students

Becoming a student in the UK is not as easy as it once was, and is set to become even harder with Brexit. According to a recent report, there is a real risk of academic setback for the UK.

For those with ties to countries outside of the UK, it will come as no surprise that there are many options for study that are comparable, and in some areas better than remaining in the UK. For others, the mere notion of going overseas involves contemplating how much sacrifice is reasonable. Nevertheless, by way of a famous analogy, a ship in harbour is safe, but it is not what ships are meant for.

If your main worry is lack of language skills, then you should know that many institutions offer courses in English, such as Maastricht University and John Cabot University. Tuition fees across Europe remain generally quite reasonable, and the cost of student living can be less than in the UK.

Whether intentionally or not, you will learn a new culture and language with ease, and by so doing, widen your horizons. The effect this has on professional opportunities is priceless. You might also want to take advantage of the Erasmus Program, which offers students international mobility during their course, and is a huge achievement by the European Union.

Despite a fair amount of European harmony in education, there will be some things that are quite specific to each country. For example, different pricing for foreign students. Or rules about employment as a student. Housing options may vary, with some foreign students on low incomes having the same entitlements as locals.

The obligations and costs for social security whilst a student can also differ. With the UK set to exit the European customs union, it is likely to become quite difficult to move your belongings to your new country of study, unless they all fit in a rucksack. This all can become quite complicated and might even make you think twice about leaving.

Granted, not everything can be foreseen, and part of the pleasure of travelling is the unknown. Whether you are considering an undergraduate course, a post graduate diploma, a PhD, or professional qualifications, knowing before you go is key to avoiding costly situations. A sensible amount of planning will go a long way.

The journey of a thousand miles does indeed begin with a single step. If you’re worried about those that come after the first, why not get in touch in with us?

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