Canada threatens to overtake UK as top study destination – QS
International students’ destination choices are changing as they react to “recent geopolitical events”, which could allow for Canada to overtake the UK as the preferred destination in some regions and in terms of actual student numbers, the latest research by QS has found.
Based on a total of 16,560 responses to the QS 2016-2017 Applicant Survey, the report highlighted a shift in destination choice for students in some target regions, together with some changes in the factors that drive students’ decisions and their priorities for higher education.The US and the UK remain the top study destinations overall, ranking first and second respectively, followed by Canada, Australia and Germany.
According to the report, however, Canada is replacing the UK as the second most popular destination for applicants in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa and the Middle East.
“It is interesting to see student preferences change this year, particularly in the context of the recent geopolitical events in the US and the UK,” report author and QS Market Insights manager Dasha Karzunina said.
Student mobility patterns, the report noted, are “on the precipice of transformation.”
Where it has not replaced the UK, Canada has risen up the ranks significantly, as is the case in Western Europe where it has knocked the Netherlands off the top-five.
QS spokesperson Jack Moran told The PIE News thatCanada’s success is a “multi-causal phenomenon” encompassing lower fees, high quality of student experience, and the global perception of Canada “as a country that remains committed to liberal immigration policy”.
If the current trends continue, with Canada’s numbers booming and the UK’s growth hovering around 1%, Moran explained, we can expect to see Canada overtake the UK in popularity as an international student destination.
“If Canada can sustain this level of growth, the UK may have to accept a relegation to third place, and our imminent exit from the European Union seems unlikely to improve the situation,” he added.
The report also revealed that the US has snatched the top spot for Eastern Europe from the UK for the first time since QS records began, but it has seen its popularity drop in all nations affected by Trump’s travel ban – except for Yemen, where it has risen from third to first place.
“Nations wishing to ensure that talented graduates remain in their country make the easy acquisition of post-study work visas a priority”
As for how students choose their destination, 42% of respondents said their priority was ‘scholarship/financial aid availability.’
The study warned that high fees, fears about budget cuts in the US under the Trumpadministration and loss of EU funding in the UK may be a factor explaining the decline in popularity of the two destinations.
The second most commonly cited factor was ‘international recognition of qualifications’, followed by the potential for post-study work in the country – a trend already noted in a 2015 QS survey.
“Certainly, recent trends seem to suggest that nations wishing to ensure that talented graduates remain in their country make the easy acquisition of post-study work visas a priority,” Moran said.
The report also detected a change in students’ motivations when selecting a program.
In 2017, the most commonly-cited reason for starting a master’s was career-related, but as of 2018 the majority of students chose ‘to progress to a higher qualification level’.
Students, according to the report, increasingly think that an undergraduate degree is no longer sufficient.
Meanwhile, the opportunity to participate in exchange programs was a priority for less than 20% of respondents. However, percentages jump to around 30% in Latin America, with 36% of undergraduates from that region indicating exchange programs as a reason for enrolling in a course.
The report noted that the region’s appetite for study abroad experiences may lie in the fact that the internationalisation of its universities is still in its developing stage.
Latin America’s multilingual makeup, with some communities speaking Italian and German beyond Spanish or Portuguese, may also be a factor.
Russian Government Scholarships for International Students in Russia, 2018-2019
The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation offers Government scholarships for international students. Scholarships are available for bachelor, masters, postgraduate and postgraduate medical studies (internship, clinical residency).
Higher education overseas offers an opportunity for growth and development that only a few other experiences can provide so intensely.
Russia, having the highest literacy rate in the world (99,6%), is rightly proud of having one of the best education systems in the world.Studies in Russian universities are carried out in Russian language. Knowledge of Russian language is essential for international students in Russia.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 (foundation course) August 15, 2018 (main courses)
Course Level: Scholarships are available for bachelor, masters, postgraduate and postgraduate medical studies (internship, clinical residency).
Study Subject: Scholarships are offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education.
Scholarship Award: The study of foreign citizens at Russian state universities is up to 80% subsidized by the Government of Russia, making it affordable (the average cost of an academic year, including accommodation in a student hostel, is 2500-4000 USD).Life and health insurance is obligatory for any foreign citizen arriving to the Russian Federation for studies. The cost of life and health insurance amounts from 160 USD to 250 USD for one year and depends on the chosen program of insurance. So, the choice is yours. You have the opportunity to get an in-demand profession, build your future career, to make lifelong friends and to broaden your cultural, intellectual and personal horizons. Surely everyone dreams of these things? You only need to understand who you want to become and where you want to study; then you are ready to make your first step towards high-quality and affordable higher education with RACUS!
Number of Scholarships: Every year tens of thousands of students from all over the world come to study in Russia to get prestigious, globally recognized and affordable education.
Nationality: International students
Scholarship can be taken in Russia
Eligibility for the Scholarship:
Eligible Countries: International students can apply for the scholarships.
Entrance Requirements: Applications for study on a foundation course are accepted from 1st March until 1st October. Classes start from 20th September (subject to there being enough students to start a group). It is recommended that students arrive no later than 15th November for study on foundation courses.Applications for study on main courses (first and subsequent years) are accepted from 1st March until 15th August of each year for passport-holders of visa-free countries and from 1st March until 15th July for passport holders of countries requiring a visa. Classes start from 1st September. A foreign citizen can be admitted to Russian state university if the following requirements are met:–-For Bachelor’s or Specialist’s programs, if:He/she has a document of complete secondary education or any other equivalent document;
– For Master’s program, if:He/she has a “Bachelor’s degree” or a “Specialist’s degree” with the course duration not less than 4 years;– For postgraduate studies (PhD), if:
He/she has a “Master’s degree” (with the course duration not less than 2 years) or a “Specialist’s degree” with the course duration not less than 5 years
-For postgraduate medical studies (internship, clinical residency), if:
He/she has a degree of higher medical /dental/pharmaceutical education.
The requirements for educational documents of foreign citizens are based on the requirements and legislation of the country that has issued these documents. If a foreign citizen has educational documents that permit him/her to enter university in his/her country in a desired specialty, he/she is also able to apply to a Russian university.
All foreign citizens who enter Russian universities through RACUS are enrolled to study on the basis of entrance assessments (interview, testing), but on a non-competitive basis and without entrance examinations. Exception is made for the specialties of culture and art, where students are required to present artwork and/or demonstrate creative ability.
English Language Requirements: In Russia different modes of study exist, though for international students only full-time, face-to-face mode is available (students from the CIS countries who are fluent in Russian may also study via distance learning). Studies in Russian universities are carried out in Russian language. In some specialties the training is also delivered in English (about 20 specialties) and French (general medicine, pharmacy). Candidates choosing the training in English or French must have an interview to check their language competency upon arrival. The results of international language tests (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, DALF, TCF etc.) are not required. Irrespective of medium of instruction, a Russian language course is an integral and important part of the curriculum. Knowledge of Russian language is essential for international students in Russia for everyday life, communication in and outside the university, and for comprehensive use of the millions of pieces of educational literature available throughout the whole period of study. If a student chooses to study in Russian, he/she spends the first year on a foundation course, where for 7-10 months he/she studies Russian language and other major subjects of the future specialty: medical & biological stream – chemistry and biology; economic and engineering stream – math, physics and information technology; humanities stream – history, social science, literature etc. The university may include other subjects in the curriculum of the foundation courseReach AK Consultants to start your admission process with proper guidance & Support.
45 University of Auckland International Student Scholarships in New Zealand, 2018
The University of Auckland is currently accepting applications for International Student Scholarships for new full-fee paying international students undertaking a PGDip or Masters programme.
The main purpose of the Scholarships is to attract new international students of high calibre to enrol in undergraduate and postgraduate taught study of one year or more at the University of Auckland.
The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country’s largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 81st worldwide in the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings.
Full Tuition Bucerius Global Master Scholarship for International Students in Germany, 2018
The new Full tuition Bucerius Global Scholarship is now available for all new international students. The scholarship covers the tuition fees of the one-year Master’s program (EUR 22,000) in full and offers an additional stipend for living expenses.
The Bucerius Master of Law and Business (LL.M. / MLB) is a one-year graduate program for young professionals with a professional or academic interest in the interrelation between law and business.
Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2018
Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue full time Master degree programme.
Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the field of Law or Business.
Scholarship Award: The Bucerius Global Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for the Bucerius Master of Law and Business program. In addition to covering the entire tuition fee for the one-year program, the scholarship includes a stipend for living expenses.
Full-tuition scholarship (EUR 22,000)
The additional stipend for living expenses
Exclusively for the Bucerius Master of Law and Business
Nationality: Students from around the world are eligible to apply.
Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
Scholarship can be taken in Germany
Eligibility for the Scholarship:
Eligible Countries: Students from the world are eligible to apply.
Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:
The Bucerius Master of Law and Business is a full-time Master’s program for young professionals with an undergraduate degree and an interest or experience in the fields of law and business. The program is a non-consecutive Master, which means that work experience is required.
In order to qualify for admission, applicants must fulfil the following requirements:
A 3-4 year undergraduate degree
At least 1-3 years of post-graduate work experience
Interest or experience in the field of law and/or business
Proven extracurricular interests
Excellent English language skills
International experience is preferred but not mandatory.
The Bachelor degree has to be valued at 240 ECTS (4 years) or equivalent. A 210 ECTS credit degree can be considered if the applicant has at least two years of post-graduate work experience.
English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
How to Apply: The Bucerius Global Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship offered for the Master of Law and Business Program. It honors the best applicants by providing full tuition as well as a stipend for living expenses.
Applicants who wish to be considered for the Bucerius Global Scholarships must submit the following with their complete application for admission (merge all documents and upload under section 8.2 in the online application form):
An essay (in English) of 500 to 750 words that identify a current legal or business controversy or challenge facing a country, specific region or the world as such and outlines a realistic approach to address the issue
Financial aid application forms and supporting documents (download below)
The Bucerius Global Scholars will be chosen by a distinguished committee of Bucerius faculty, administration, alumni and representatives of an anonymous benefactor who has provided generous funding for the Global Scholarships.
Decisions regarding the Bucerius Global Scholarships will be announced around May 15, 2018.
China is fast becoming an attractive destination for international students, and joint-venture universities are broadening students’ options
China is rapidly becoming a major player in the higher education game if the 2018 Times Higher EducationAsia University Rankings are anything to go by. A number of government initiatives and funding boosts have helped to secure China as an attractive destination for international students and this momentum doesn’t appear to be waning any time soon.
A key priority of the Chinese Ministry of Education is to attract more international students to the country and the fairly new development of Sino-foreign joint venture universities is helping fulfil this aim.
Duke Kunshan University is one such venture, set up by Duke University in the US and Wuhan University in China. Students who choose to attend the university have the opportunity to study in both Kunshan, China and Durham, in the US.
Denis Simon, the executive vice-chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, thinks that there are many reasons why students would choose to study in China. “Students who are now studying in the Asia-Pacific region have all sorts of career opportunities," he says. They can use their knowledge of the East and the West, and they can learn new languages and new cultures, he says. In fact, research predicts that China will be teaching at least 500,000 international students by 2020.
With about seven Sino-foreign joint-venture universities now established, including Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Wenzhou-Kean University and New York University Shanghai, international students have several options if they are considering heading to China for a university education.
It’s worth knowing that the China Scholarship Council has made large pots of scholarship money available and the cost of tuition is “extremely attractive” to international students, Dr Simon says.
Additionally, Chinese universities and the joint venture projects are revamping their halls of residence and teaching facilities to make students coming from abroad feel more comfortable and to encourage them to spend longer periods of time in China.
Initially these halls of residence were built specifically for international students, especially those from Western countries, but the differences in living arrangements “created two worlds on the Chinese campus”, says Dr Simon. He added that “there have been serious efforts under way to improve the overall housing and study environment for all students – Chinese and international – and these gaps have started to melt away”.
Another way in which Chinese universities are catering to international students and aiming to better integrate local and foreign students is to provide more courses taught in English, “which opens up more opportunities for greater interactions inside and outside of the classrooms for all students”. Universities are also employing more faculty members from around the world who teach in English.
And these measures appear to be working. Duke Kunshan University’s first year recruitment effort drew applicants from more than 80 countries, and some of these students attended on-site recruitment sessions with senior and junior recruiters. However, the majority of international students were attracted to the university through digital channels.
The digital recruitment strategy utilised various platforms including Google, Naver and WeChat to raise the visibility of the university, and used multilingual and localised approaches with the aim of thinking like the 16-/17-/18-year-olds that they were targeting.
“I believe the key to our success was forging tight relationships with guidance counsellors from key schools in our target countries. Sometimes these were virtual relationships using internet, phone, messaging, etc. The overall strategy worked so well, we are investing in expanding the number of channels we use across the world of social media to ensure even greater visibility of the DKU value proposition,” says Dr Simon.
For a student considering study abroad, it is beneficial to think about plans post-graduation, and the rapidly expanding Chinese economy could be an attractive workplace for a student looking to gain experience working overseas.
“Because of the training these students will receive in cross-cultural affairs and global studies, they will be ideally suited to take on positions in Chinese and foreign corporations with strong international connections. As foreign investment to and from China continues to grow, more and more well-informed international people will be needed to staff key positions in marketing, government relations, business strategy, etc,” he says.
“These [institutions] are true experiments at the cutting edge of higher education in China and the fact that the government has shown a willingness to accept them…shows the kind of openness to learning from abroad that now exists in Chinese higher education. This bodes well for the future of China’s higher education system,” concludes Dr Simon.
How to choose a university abroad
Look at the size of the institution and decide whether you would feel more comfortable at a larger or smaller institution.
Consider whether you would prefer a rural or an urban environment.
Look at the rankings of individual programmes as some of institutions may not rank highly in the World University Rankings, but perform well in a particular academic discipline.
Look at the percentage of international students and how committed the university is to internationalisation.
Look at the number of courses being taught in English and the number of faculty that can teach them.
MS International Federation McDonald Fellowships for Developing Countries in UK, 2018
MS International Federation is awarding a number of McDonald Fellowships to young researchers from emerging countries. Fellowships enable the recipient to travel to an established research institution to work with leading researchers in MS with a view to returning to their own country to establish a programme of MS research.
Ths aim of MS International Federation is to lead the global MS movement to improve the quality of life of people affected by MS and to support the better understanding of the treatment of MS by facilitating international cooperation between MS societies, the international research community and other stakeholders.
The MS International Federation is a unique global network of MS organisations. They have 47 member organisations from around the world and links to many others. Together we lead the fight against MS and work to improve the quality of life of people affected by MS in more than 105 countries
Application Deadline: June 30, 2018
Course Level: The candidate’s focus of research should be an area of neuroscience relevant to MS.
Study Subject: Fellowships are available to undertake two years research in MS.
Scholarship Award: The fellowship consists of a two-year grant, around UK £30,000 per year, to cover travel and living costs, and an additional contribution of UK £2,000 per year to the host institution.
Number of Scholarships: Not given
Nationality: These McDonald fellowships are open to the citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, The, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Haiti, Kenya, Korea, Dem Rep., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, India, Kiribati, Kosovo , Kyrgyz Republic,Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Angola, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Hungary, Iran, Islamic Rep., Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Peru, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu and Venezuela, RB.
Eligible Countries: These McDonald fellowships are open to the citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, The, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Haiti, Kenya, Korea, Dem Rep., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, India, Kiribati, Kosovo , Kyrgyz Republic,Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Angola, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Hungary, Iran, Islamic Rep., Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Peru, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu and Venezuela, RB.
Entrance Requirements: All candidates must:
be under 35 at the time of application
be educated to post graduate level in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS)
be citizens of an emerging country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank)
focus their research in an area of neuroscience relevant to MS
Candidates must also be in one of the following situations:
working or studying in an emerging country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank) at the time of nomination
working or studying in another country on a project which started within the six months prior to nomination
studying in another country on a project supported by an MS International Federation grant.
Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and discussed their involvement with the project supervisor of the intended host institution outside their own country. Candidates are expected to return to their own countries at the end of the study period where they will contribute to advancing care and research in MS.
The fellowship may also be used as a supplement for work related to MS by a candidate who has been accepted for training in a recognised institute (within the six months prior to nomination) but who doesn’t have enough money to cover the total cost.
English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.