There can be a good deal of appeal with the option of studying abroad. Being able to live in a different country is one thing but being able to study in another country can be wonderful experience.
If you have considered moving to Australia from the UK, you may have become overwhelmed by the difficulty of getting a visa. Whilst it is a somewhat complicated process, it’s certainly not impossible.
What do I need to do?
Before anything else, consider your options. Are your bored of the UK and want to move somewhere else? Do you just want to see another country for a while? If yes, then a simple holiday could clear both of these questions. However, passion takes many different forms as well as different intensities. Most people who travel the world often have insatiable curiosities that flare up soon after they return home. This along with a chance to interact with an entirely different culture can be as enriching as it can be rewarding.
If this sounds more like you rather than seeming like needing a holiday, then perhaps studying abroad can satisfy two needs at once.
Before you go and pack your bags, think on it a little more as the process takes some time.
Who can help me more?
It’s worth paying a visit to the site of The Emigration Group who have a long history of helping people move abroad to study, work or retire happily. They also specialise in emigrations to Australia and New Zealand, two of the more popular countries to consider when moving abroad. Considering both countries are commonwealth members, it actually makes the experience much easier. You still have to apply for a visa like anyone else would, but a UK citizen has a better chance of establishing a home and family as each commonwealth country follows similar principles like government funded Universities, high standards of living and having English as the main language.
What about Visas?
It’s one thing to consider studying in another country, but to actually do it; you’ll need a student visa. Visas are specific to what a person wants to do in another country. There’s one for religious ministers, investors, students and everyone else in between. You’ll typically need to know the specifics about your course before you apply for one. It does make it a good deal easier if you have a sponsorship or a nomination for applying for it. Sponsorships are usually offered by companies who invest in educating you in return for a promise of working for them for a fixed period after your studies are complete.
It makes sense considering that moving abroad is costly. For a family seeking to emigrate, it can cost at least £100,000, meaning that a house sale is usually required. Many places offer accommodation, which is also worth looking at depending on which school you have chosen.
That sounds a little expensive…
Indeed, it can be expensive, but in most cases, the experience can end up paying for itself. Many students who study abroad often end up liking the country enough to apply for citizenship. Those who don’t can return home to add an impressive “Studied abroad” to their curriculum vitae. It may not sound like much, but employers will always appreciate people who literally go the extra mile to enrich themselves.
Educational credits do differ from country to country. What would be a C in the UK could count for a D in Japan or a B in India. When you think about moving to another country, it is usually worth speaking to your current school about how your current level of education would carry over to the new country. In most cases, unless you’re a failing student, you will be fine with C’s or above, this refers to GCSE results, but students studying abroad often transfer before they complete them. Still, at that point, you’ll be able to transfer whatever current credits but make sure to speak to people in your school who are better informed about the value of such points abroad.
Ok. Anything else?
To wrap up, a lot to do with moving abroad may seem idealistic or a pipe dream. Hopefully by reading this, you’ll have learned that whilst it can be challenging, the benefits far outweigh the effort and costs. Experience of a new culture doesn’t need to be something you read about in some work of fiction. Like with any big life decision, just talk about it with people you know, the people in your family and as an added bonus, there’s the internet. Ask around on forums online to hear about other peoples experiences and learn how it worked has worked for other people.