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Countries Offering Great Post Graduation Work Visas for Students

Countries Offering Great Post Graduation Work Visas for Students

Are you thinking about studying abroad?  Is working after graduation an important factor as to where you decide to study? For many international students, working after graduation is as important as what and where to study.

We have prepared a list of  countries with the best post-study work visas for international students studying overseas.

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Germany

International students graduating from a German university will have many opportunities in the german market. Upon successful completion of your bachelor’s or master’s program, you can extend your residence permit for up to 18 months after graduation.  During this time you can work as much as you want.  Your chances of finding a job after graduation increase if you have a good command of German.  If you do not speak German, focus on multinational corporations where English is the formal language.  Read more about a post-graduation work visa in Germany.

Australia


Similar to Germany, International students that graduate from an Australian university have the option of extending their residence visa by 18 months given they have certain qualifications and skills.  If you graduate with an advanced degree, such as an MRes or PHD, you have the option of extending your visa to up to 4 years.  However, both options require significant work experience.  If you are planning on obtaining a Master’s degree right after completing a Bachelor’s degree and have no work experience upon graduation, these options will not apply to you.  If you are looking to stay and work in Australia after graduation, you may also want to focus on the following subjects: Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Systems & Networking, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Telecommunications.  Read more about a work visa after graduation in Australia.

Canada


Canada has a very nice post-graduate work program which allows students to stay and work in the country for up to 3 years after graduation.  However, the duration of your work permit depends on the length of time of your study program (for example, if you studied for 6 months, a work permit can be issued for up to 6 months and for no more than 3 years.).  If you attend multiple programs within Canada, you are only able to work in the country after graduation for up to 3 years.  If you would like to stay and work in the country beyond the 3 years, there are other visa options available to you.  Learn more about a post-graduation work permit in Canada.

Ireland


The government of Ireland recently announced that it will extend an international student’s (Non-EU/EEA) visa up to  24 months after graduation.  Student’s will be able to seek employment, extend a current work permit or apply for a green card during this time.  However, this will only apply to international students who have completed a master’s (Level 9) or doctoral (Level 10) degree recognized by an Irish awarding body. If a bachelor’s degree student is interested in staying and working after graduation, they can extend their visa up to 12 months after graduation.  Irish Government Student Pathway website

New Zealand


Interested in staying in New Zealand after completing your studies?  If you are a graduate of a qualifying program you can stay and work in the country after graduation for up to 12 months.  With this visa you can work for any employer in any job as long as it is not with a commercial sexual business. Immigration New Zealand Government website.

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Earn a Full Degree Overseas

Earn a Full Degree Overseas

Many students are unaware that a semester or year abroad program is not their only option to overseas study.  There are thousands of full degree opportunities available at international universities throughout the world, offering a variety of programs  and language options.

Seven reasons for why earning a full degree overseas offers many benefits to students:

 You can save pennies on the dollar studying overseas.

US students are spending anywhere from $20,000 to over $50,000 dollars a year for a college education, while German students can attend most colleges in their country for less than a $1000 dollars a year. Higher education is subsidized by the government and in some countries, tuition is free or so low it seems free.  

Students will also find that the quality of education throughout Europe rivals the United States.  Take a look at the World University Rankings and compare tuition for the top international schools with the top US schools.  You may be very surprised by what you find!

You are in school overall for a shorter period of time.

Another way students are able to save on tuition costs overseas is because you are in school for a shorter period of time overall. Most Bachelor’s degrees overseas take three years to complete, compared to a four year degree in the US. While many Master’s programs can be completed in one year.

Getting an international degree overseas can also provide huge benefits to your career over your lifetime.

An international education will become more and more valuable due in part to an expanding global economy.  In addition to academic achievement, you may also experience career advancement by distinguishing yourself from other applicants by having international experience on your resume. You can find our article about why studying overseas is good for your career, here.

You gain confidence by learning your way around a foreign city and a new culture.

Studying abroad forces you to do many things.  You are forced to encounter unfamiliar situations when living in a new environment.  You will be making new friends, talking to strangers to ask for directions or guidance, you will be faced with new challenges everyday like learning how to open a bank account or change buses.  All of these experiences will ultimately lead to an increased sense of confidence.

You’re able to immerse yourself and learn another language.

When studying abroad it is fulfilling to communicate with local people in their own language. Speaking the local language help you understand the culture and become a part of it.  Your own understanding of the world  changes as well. Speaking the local language helps you immerse yourself and become more connected to your surroundings.

You learn many new skills while studying abroad and the best way to hone them is with a part-time job or internship.

Working while studying abroad will help you hone a variety of skills and competencies that might be cross-cultural, industry-specific, or transferable. It is also something that employers back home will find very attractive on your resume.

An international degree will ultimately be a life changing experience.

Studying abroad will challenge you in many ways.  You will be academically challenged through your studies, you will discover a new location, learn a new culture, make new friends from all over the world, and you may travel. All of these experiences will ultimately lead to personal development. You will leave your study abroad experience a different person.


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Study Overseas for Free – Countries Offering Free or Low Tuition

Study Overseas for Free – Countries Offering Free or Low Tuition

There are many reasons why you should study abroad. You will learn more about yourself.  You will grow as a person and become more independent and self-reliant.  You will meet new people and make some lifelong friends.  You will learn a new language.  You will travel.  These are all great reasons. 

However, another good reason to study abroad is that you will save money on tuition fees.  Many people are unaware of the affordable college tuition rates in Europe and other countries.  In fact, in some countries international students can pursue a bachelor’s or graduate degree for free or for pennies on the dollar compared to a degree in the United States.  

If you would like to study overseas and save on tuition we have compiled a list of some countries offering FREE or low tuition fees to foreign students:

Germany

Tuition fees: For Non-EU students is free at most public universities in Germany, except for semester fees that cover administrative costs.

Private universities charge tuition fees ranging from $1500 to $12,000 (high end) USD a semester, plus administrative costs (depending on school and program of study.) However, these costs are still considerably more affordable than most bachelors or masters programs in the United States.  

Czech Republic

Tuition fees:  FREE  for Czech speakers

Do you speak Czech? A college education at a public or state institution in the Czech Republic is absolutely FREE for students of all nationalities if you speak Czech.  

Public Universities

Tuition fees for programs in English range from around $4,000 – $22,350 USD annually (depending on school and program of study.)

Private Universities

Private universities in the Czech Republic are able to set their own tuition fees.  Students can expect tuition to range from $10,000 or more per year at these institutions. 

Norway

Tuition fees: FREE for all students in EU/EEA, FREE for Non-EU/EEA international students at public and state universities

Norway is a popular destination for international students because of its quality education system. As a rule, Norwegian state universities and university colleges do not charge tuition fees to students from any country.  However, students will have to pay a semester fee of around $38 to $78 USD each semester. Students are also responsible for financing their living expenses which can be higher in Norway than in other countries.  In order to get approved for a residence permit, students are required to have around $12,000 in disposable income for the school year.  

Sweden

Tuition fees:  FREE for EU/EEA students, Low tuition for Non-EU/EEA students

Tuition fees vary depending on the university and program in Sweden.  The average fee for a master’s program is around 15,932 USD.  Bachelor’s programs are generally less expensive and vary depending upon the subject.  If you will be studying bachelor’s within the Humanities/Social Sciences/Law and the Sciences your tuition fees will range from $11,000 to $20,000 USD a year.  Students are also responsible for their own living and housing expenses.

France

Tuition fees: Very low tuition for EU/EEA and International Students

In France, the government bears most of the cost of public higher education. France was also ranked the third most popular country for study in Europe by UNESCO.  

Public universities in France charge both EU and Non-EU students between $350 and $750 USD per year depending on whether you pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree.  However, private universities charge annual fees ranging from $1500 and up per year, depending on school and program.  Students are also responsible for their own living and housing expenses.  Aside from Paris, affordable student housing is available to students.

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