SchoolApply, in partnership with Credila, hosted a webinar last Saturday, discussing what aspects to consider when applying to schools in the US, UK, and Canada. These countries are home to many of the top universities around the world. But every country offers a different experience, so it’s important to understand which country is the right fit for you. Our Education Team hosted a webinar to discuss the application process and how to adjust to life in a new environment.

Some of the topics covered by our Education Team included:

Costs

It is important to think about the cost of applying abroad, not just the tuition fee cost but the cost of the country you will be living in. University is an important financial investment, so make sure to research how much you will be spending as there is often a big difference between public and private tuition fees. Then, once you start studying, you day-to-day costs will need to be added to your expenses. Another factor you should consider, is the average salary you receive after graduation, as this is the return on your investment. You average salary after graduation differ based on your program choice, your profession and the industry you will be working in.

Remember, you can apply for a student loan through Credila.

Note that the following amounts are in US dollars and represent the average cost per year.

Average Tuition Costs

US average tuition per year: $24,000

UK average tuition per year: $17,860

Canada average tuition per year: $10,730

Average Cost of Living

US average cost of living per year: $14,651

UK average cost of living per year: $19,490

Canada average cost of living per year: $7,550 - $11,300

Average Salary After Graduation

US average salary after graduation: $50,556

UK average salary after graduation: $37,278

Canada average salary after graduation: $40,108

Environment

These three countries all have cultural differences, whether it is through their preferences in food, national sports games, even the weather! But they will add to your experience of studying abroad, try to keep an open mind and be excited about trying new things. Before you know it, you’ll have gotten used to things. Adjusting to life abroad is all about taking it one step at a time. You can always do a bit of research before hand and find out if you’ll be staying in the super sunny Florida, in the East Coast, if you’ll to pack a few extra sweaters for the colder winters in London, or if you should buy some hiking shoes for the trails in Toronto!

Admission Requirements

Here are a few details about the requirements when applying to the US, UK, or Canada. For instance, when applying to study in an English-speaking country you will be able to highlight that you can  sufficiently understand the English language. This is usually measured by an English proficiency test, which is why students most submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

United States

English: TOEFL or IELTS

SAT or ACT (Not required with applications through SchoolApply)

Documents: Final Transcript, Essay, Passport, Financial Ability, F1 Visa

United Kingdom

English: IELTS

No SAT required

Documents: Final Transcript, Personal Statement, Academic Reference

Canada

English: TOEFL or IELTS

No SAT required

Documents: Final Transcript, Personal Statement, Academic Reference

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