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How school and university education works in Europe and abroad


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How school and university education works in Europe and abroad


Secondary education abroad , and then admission to top universities is the goal of many parents of foreign students. A high school diploma obtained abroad will help enroll in top universities: it increases employment prospects, income potential, overall quality of life, and allows you to gain valuable experience.

The main advantages of school education abroad:

  • strong academic preparation, opening up opportunities for admission to leading foreign universities
  • knowledge of foreign language
  • the opportunity to develop soft skills, sports talents
  • the ability to travel
  • a chance to study with students from all over the world.

If educational plans include Harvard in the USA or Oxbridge in the UK , secondary schools abroad open up opportunities for talented international students. International, English, American schools teach in English - the child will leave with the language skills necessary for successful study in many universities in the world.

Why education abroad is attractive for international students?

According to the Institute for Economic Policy, graduates from universities in Europe and the United States earn 56% more per year than high school graduates. A prestigious university education is the first step to success. A study conducted by the UK Higher Education Funding Council showed that university graduates feel more satisfied with life, more resilient in difficult life situations. The first step for admission to elite universities in the world is school education in Europe or the United States.

The most popular countries among foreign students:

  • USA - 54.7%
  • UK - 51.5%
  • Germany - 40.3%

The most popular areas of study:

  • Social Sciences - 18%
  • Economy - 12.7%
  • Marketing - 11%.

The popularity of the United States and Great Britain is explained by the dominance of these countries in international rankings. But German education also has a traditionally good reputation among foreign students, in addition, in Germany and the Czech Republic , one can study in the state languages for free.

Reasons why foreign schoolchildren, students choose secondary and higher education abroad:

  • Discover the world - 17.3%
  • Get new knowledge - 16.4%.

When choosing a country, students pay attention to:

  • Quality of education - 21%
  • Culture and language - 15.3%
  • The cost of living is 14%.

How is studying in a foreign school

High schools abroad are divided into schools of joint and separate education, each approach has its own supporters, strengths. Separate schools for girls and boys - an opportunity to learn without gender conflicts, unhealthy competition, and distractions. Joint schools form the skills of interaction in a team, the ability to make friends, a willingness to study at the university among heterosexual peers.

Secondary schools abroad are divided into private and public: private ones offer the best learning conditions, selective admission, a wide range of extracurricular activities, trips. Public schools differ in the quality of academic programs and extracurricular activities - a lot depends on the location of the school. Thus, in the United States, public schools offer a very heterogeneous education, and in Switzerland, 90% of children study in the public sector and are satisfied with the quality of education. Boarding services are provided mainly by private schools.

When choosing a foreign school, parents try to get the maximum benefits that foreign educational institutions provide. The curriculum is chosen based on further educational plans.

What training programs offer foreign schools:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCSE , A-level
  • High School Diploma, AP
  • Baccalaureate
  • Abitur
  • Matura

Choosing an IB, English or American high school program, you receive a universal diploma: with high scores, it will allow you to enter the top universities in the world.

National high school programs abroad will be the best option if you have chosen a university in a certain country: the child will master the education system, cultural traditions.

In foreign schools, specialization begins earlier: high school students focus on the disciplines necessary for admission to the chosen specialty. The best foreign schools invite experienced teachers from the UK, USA, Australia: they are passionate people with rich experience in the field of education, the ability to adapt the learning style to each student.

Features of studying in private schools:

  • The campuses of foreign schools form an effective, supportive learning environment. Classes and laboratories are equipped with the latest technologies for organizing interactive learning. Many schools are equipped with Olympic-sized swimming pools, performing arts centers.
  • Foreign schools pay great attention to additional education, organize many circles, sections, activities during the holidays, after classes. Sports, creative circles, art studies, research, environmental projects, volunteer initiatives - all this is a real part of the everyday life of a foreign school.
  • Leading schools abroad are implementing STEM education - an interdisciplinary applied approach to science, technology, engineering, mathematics. They develop useful skills for future work.
  • Reputable schools strive to develop students' extra-curricular skills and moral qualities: leadership skills, compassion, discipline, diligence, teamwork skills, civic responsibility.
  • The high budget of overseas private schools, first-class equipment, passionate talented teachers-experts in their fields help to receive exceptional creative learning: theater, visual arts, music, design.
  • Private schools value the creativity, communication skills, critical thinking, and emotion management that arts education develops. Consequently, they actively seek to develop students' artistic talents.
  • Foreign schools introduce innovative curricula, programs that expand the boundaries of student research opportunities.
  • The best way to gain experience abroad is through extracurricular learning on field trips, museums, summer camps, community service projects. Overseas schools promote experiential learning through experience and reflection.
  • Among the advantages of foreign schools for foreign children is the development of soft skills. Education is aimed at the holistic social, emotional, intellectual, physical development of students. They strive to equip students with all the basic life skills, the knowledge they need to choose their own path.

Tuition fees in foreign schools

The cost of a year of study in foreign schools (with full board accommodation):

  • USA - 20000-45000CAD $
  • UK - £ 30,000- £ 35,000
  • Switzerland - from 70000CHF
  • Canada - 20000-35000CAD $
  • Australia - 30000-35000AUD
  • Germany - 35,000 €
  • Italy - 30,000 €.

How university education works abroad

Higher education abroad has long been popular among wealthy people. Entering a university is more effective when a student has decided on his future profession and received his secondary education at a college or school in the country where he plans to go to study.

Higher education in the UK

British certificates, diplomas and degrees are often cited as the best, most prestigious in the world. Education in the UK for international students is a solid foundation for any career, a guarantee of high wages for beginners. Modern teaching methods (the equipment is constantly being modernized), professional teachers of British universities help to fully reveal the academic and creative potential of students. The world's top universities invariably include British universities.

UK bachelor's and master's programs last 3 and 1 years respectively, compared to 4 and 2 years in most other countries. Due to the intensity of training, its duration, the cost of training, and accommodation are reduced. Great Britain is the birthplace of the oldest universities: the famous Oxford , Cambridge quickly gained popularity and fame all over the world, becoming international educational centers. The UK accounts for almost 5% of all world research, and British scientists have received more Nobel prizes than any other country (except the United States).

Higher education in the USA

Education in the United States is the most prestigious and expensive in the world. Any institution that provides additional education after high school graduation is called a "higher education institution": "college", "school", "institute" or "university". The procedure for admission and selection of applicants depends on the prestige of the university, there are no uniform requirements for applicants. The selection is carried out by means of a competitive examination, interview, testing. The only condition is the presence of secondary education (for example, the completion of a two-year college).

Typical admission requirements:

  • High School Graduation Documents
  • List of subjects studied, grades received
  • Overall test scores
  • Characteristics and results of interviews.

The duration of the training is not limited. The maximum average annual expenditure per student ranges from $ 7,000 (public university) to $ 75,000 (private).

Higher education in Canada

Higher education in Canada for foreigners is highly regarded all over the world. Established in 1911 by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), 90 universities, about 100 (out of 175) colleges, most have a good reputation outside the border of Canada 2/3 of university professors have a doctorate, Canadian universities teach more than 500 thousand students, 75 thousand masters. The close science / practice link is the strength of Canadian diversity. According to official statistics, the Canadian University of Science creates 150-200 thousand jobs annually.

Higher education in Germany

In Germany, there are standard general rules for admission to higher education for international students. The Abitur diploma is issued as a result of high school education and entitles you to enrollment in university studies. To obtain a diploma, school graduates must pass exams in 4 main subjects.

The basic principle of German higher education is academic freedom - a system that allows any student to determine the list of disciplines. The system of higher education in Germany implies a combination of the educational process, research, practical training.

Higher education in France

French education offers the best value for money for international students. Public higher schools in France do not charge fees: students only pay a small amount (from 130 to 700 euros per semester). The fee depends on the university, the chosen specialty - it is paid for the use of the library, laboratories, campus infrastructure. The cost of a hostel is 140-400 € / month, meals - about 130-200 €.

The process of studying at the university is divided into three cycles, each completed by passing exams and receiving a diploma. The first cycle lasts two years and provides a general education - French Baccalaureate. After 2 years of study, students take exams and receive a diploma of general university education - DEUG, or a degree of education - DEUST. The third cycle lasts a year and ends with a full-fledged diploma (DESS, DEA).

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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