How to decide where to study abroad?

Canada By Mitchell Steiman June 6, 2022

Many students think about studying in another country, to live new experiences in a new culture and learn or improve a new language. Although study abroad may seem an easy task, choosing a destination is not that easy, and many people feel lost in this process, since there are several destinations available, and it is necessary to do some research.

In fact, this is a big decision that needs to be well thought out and organized. This is because the choice you make will impact your whole experience during the exchange. But don’t be scared, we have listed some aspects that must be taken into account by you to decide where to study abroad, so you can make the best possible choice!


Study abroad: what is your goal?

To begin with, find out what is exactly your goal to make an exchange. Do you want to study a specific language? If yes, this can reduce the numbers of countries you should consider.

On the other hand, if you want to go to college or do another course abroad, you will have a bigger range of options — but always remembering about the language barrier, since you will still have to know the language of the country you will choose, then you can actually be able to study abroad.

Currently, there are several types of exchange programs, so it is important to keep in mind what your focus is at this moment.


What kind of weather do you like the most?

This is a very important point to be considered, since it is one of the factors that will influence your adaptation in the chosen country. Some countries can be much warmer than Canada, many students can have a hard time getting used to it.

The duration of your exchange also makes a difference. If you are spending a whole year abroad, you will have the chance to experience all of the seasons on the new country. But if you are spending only a few months, you must consider how is the weather there at the time of your arrival.


What is your budget to study abroad?

This item is very important and should under no circumstances go unnoticed. You need to be aware of whether the cost of living in your destination is in line with your budget. Some destinations require a larger investment, while others don’t.

Take as an example the big cities like London, New York, Dublin or Lisbon. These are cities that receive millions of people per year, both for tourism and exchange, this increases the demand for houses, hotels, hostels, accommodation, which raises the rental values, and consequently other services as well.

Furthermore, in the big cities you have almost no contact with locals, which can be considered a negative point for some and an advantage for others. However, if you do not find interpersonal relations with locals an interesting aspect, it is best to opt for small towns to study abroad.

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