StudiesUp is an organization that connects students with foreign universities. The service offered is free and allows students to see the administrative formalities, in particular, facilitated.
Why choosing Australia to study is a wise choice?
“First of all, regarding theAustraliayou should know that the Australian diplomas are recognized since 2009 in France since theAustralia uses the LMD (Licence-Master-Doctorate) system like Europe. It is even possible to go and do a year of Bachelor post-BTS or post-DUT for example because these diplomas are also recognized on site.
In Australia, studies are done “American style”: students live on campus which are real towns with all the services on site. It takes 12,000 to 20,000 €, all inclusive for one year of study, so) roughly the equivalent of the price of higher education in France. For study abroad and living in a country so beautiful, modern and authentic at the same time, it’s rather accessible.”
On the side of New Zealand, it is not a country that we usually think of for studying, but rather for tourism!
“That is correct. Yet, in New Zealand, the eight universities in the country are highly ranked and offer high-level study programs in all fields. This country is currently trying to attract foreign students, and even hopes to make them stay at home!
The country therefore offers student visas which allow them to stay on after their studies if they wish. They have one short list or “Lists of trades in demand” specifying their economic needs: currently, engineers, computer scientists and professionals in the field of health are sought.
To note : whether in Australia or New Zealand, thanks to the special student visa, they can work (20 hours a week or full time during holidays) for a rather good salary, which helps to finance their studies.”
What are the admission requirements for establishments in these two countries?
“The selection will be made on file : the student must provide us with all his reports and diplomas in possession, a letter of motivation, a CV, all in English of course. Sometimes a portfolio is requested depending on the program chosen. The 2nd thing to provide will be an English test (IELTS Where TOEFL). If the student does not have the required level, don’t panic: it will then be possible to arrive earlier at the chosen university and follow an English refresher course (academic English, 25h/week) several weeks depending on the current level of English.”
How picky are foreign universities and what advice would you give to interested students?
“They can be picky about the student’s academic record and their grades. But if a student has obtained his Bac with a fair average, for example, instead of directly entering a Bachelor, he may be offered to apply for a Diploma (Bac + 1) a kind of refresher course for the 1st year post-Bac in a small class, allowing then to continue in the 2nd year of Bachelor.
Universities in Australia and New Zealand are mostly adamant with the English level required. Each program has a specific level of English. Even if the student is very close to the requested score, but does not have the exact level, he will not be accepted.
For once, I therefore strongly advise to work on his English as much as possible if the student plans to go and study abroad soon. English being essential today, the student will not waste his time watching series/movies in original version, listening to the radio, reading books in English, etc…”
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