If you are planning on studying overseas you might have considered a few options. According to QS Top Universities’ most recent survey results Norway is the most affordable followed by Taiwan and then Germany.
But the picture should be looked at holistically. To study in Taiwan you should be fluent in Mandarin and if you think German would be easier, getting a study visa is not. This is precisely why most students from Southern Africa tend to choose English speaking First World countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the US. We have however decided to focus on Australia and Canada as it is certainly the most popular countries with South African migrants of working age.
We have answered some of the typical questions students ask when they start investigating studying overseas:
Is Australia a good choice?
According to internationalstudent.com, Australia is the third most popular destination for international students in the English-speaking world, behind the United States and the UK. Many South Africans and Africans from Southern African countries live and work in Australia. Australian universities are highly ranked on world ratings with seven universities featured in the top 100 on the QS World Rankings. Australia offers an attractive outdoor lifestyle for study and work as well as a high standard of living.
How do I get a visa?
Australia requires the visa applicant to have been accepted by a tertiary institution before a visa will be granted. Follow these links to find out more /nwi-blog/australia/australia%E2%80%99s-study-visa-improved-and-simplified/
Can I work while on a Student Visa?
Students may work off campus for 20 hours a week
Will I automatically get Australian working rights when I graduate?
There are no working rights associated with your student visa. This means you won’t be entitled to residency or working rights once you graduate, but (and this is a big BUT) holding an Australian qualification gives you the edge when applying for a job or visa. A degree from an Australian university scores you up to 25 of the 60 points needed on your visa application. A foreign qualification will score you a maximum of 20 points.
What are Canadian universities like?
Canada is an increasingly popular destination for study due to the quality of education. A total of 4 of Canada’s universities are in the top 100 of the QS world rankings and nine in the top 300. Most of Canada’s Universities are concentrated in the cities in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.
Would I be able to earn some money to help pay for my studies?
One of the main advantages of studying in Canada is the student friendly visa which allows students to both study and work during and after study is completed. To study in Canada you will need a Canadian study permit. If you meet the requirements you may study up to 20 hours per week during the semester and can work full-time during the scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.
Will I be able to work in Canada once I graduate?
Once you have graduated you will be eligible to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). This is the perfect way to gain some valuable Canadian work experience which could help qualify you for Canadian Residency! A work permit under the PGWPP may be issued for the length of the study program or a maximum of three years.
Let’s face it, it will be a challenge as many many students from all over the world are very keen on studying in Canada and Canada is very welcoming of foreign students which are great news for South African students too. Canada is very serious about diversity and South Africans certainly fit the bill!
Click on these links to find out all the nitty gritty /nwi-blog/global/studying-in-canada/