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2019-11-07 00:10:46

Getting undergraduate degree abroad for international students: ranking and prospects

Getting undergraduate degree abroad for international students: ranking and prospects

At the first stage of higher education, students go through undergraduate programs that are common in countries that have signed the Bologna Agreement. 48 countries participated in this agreement, but now there are much more states that have adopted the Bologna system of graduation degrees.

The very word "bachelor" appeared in the 12th century: in those days they called him a young or poor knight, unable to assemble an army. Two centuries later, it was used to designate a newcomer to the university, and over time, the first stage of education was so called.

School graduates enter this program and receive their first university education in 3-4 years. What awaits students who have chosen undergraduate programs, and what prospects can they expect?

Undergraduate Degrees

Degree name




Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Humanities (with the exception of the United Kingdom, which awards this degree in all disciplines)

In Europe - 3 years

In the USA and Canada - 4 years

Focus on fundamental theoretical knowledge

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Natural sciences, computer science, psychology.

If you got BSc in the social sciences or psychology, then this means that your theoretical knowledge is backed up by serious research practice.

3-4 years

Research practice is combined with theory.

Bachelor of engineering (BEng)

Technical disciplines

3-5 years

Emphasis on practice and employment in the relevant field.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Visual and Performing Arts

4 years

Mastering artistic skills.

Undergraduate programs can be classic or freer. In the first case, students are waiting for a fixed curriculum, in the second he is allowed to choose subjects and teachers independently. In some universities, you can go through a double degree program, when a student at the end of education can receive two diplomas.

Admission to undergraduate studies abroad

Primary requirements

A number of foreign countries will also require

Certificate equivalency

Student selection

  • High school diploma
  • Language test results
  • Certificate of financial solvency.
  • Test results (for example, TestAS or SAT), which simultaneously checks the level of foreign language proficiency and subject knowledge of the applicant
  • Portfolio (for creative specialties)
  • Motivation letter
  • Letters of recommendation.


In many countries, a certificate after  school is not accepted and it is impossible to enter a university after school. In this case, students can:

  • Unlearn a couple of years at the university
  • Take preparatory courses
  • Pass a nostrification exam that confirms the level and relevance of knowledge.

Universities set entrance exams and / or watch GPA.

Prices vary greatly:

The most expensive countries:

Budget countries:

Free education, including for foreigners (state universities):

  • USA
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Hong Kong.
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Czech Republic


  • France
  • Germany
  • Sweden.


During the studying, students can apply for financial assistance from the university, scholarship funds, various organizations: in some cases, foreigners manage to cover up to 50% of the costs or to cover living expenses.

Degree name


Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science (BSc)



Bachelor of Arts,

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



Bachelor of Business Administration,

Bachelor of business administration (BBA)


Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelor of engineering




Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of education B. ed



Bachelor of Law

Bachelor of law (LL.B.)


Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of nursing (BN, BSN)


Bachelor of Computer Science,

Bachelor of computer science (BCS, BS CS)



Bachelor of Medicine,

Bachelor of medicine

(BM, BMed)




Upon completion of education, students are successfully employed, often in the last year undergo practical studying in large companies. In some countries, a bachelor's degree is highly valued and does not require further education to achieve high career heights - in other cases, such as, for example, in France , a student needs to take Master's courses.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
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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