The world welcomes international students: quite a few countries roll out the red carpet and green cards (or the equivalent color) for individuals who fit the profile of those that can contribute to the host country’s global competitiveness.

A most direct and immediate benefit of course is the billions of dollars in the form of tuition fees that international students bring which in turn creates employment, revenue, taxes and consequent social services.

In 2015, international students contributed more than $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce; a record $17.5 billion to the Australian economy for the 12 months to the end of March 2015; $8 to 10 billion to Canada and more billions of tuition fees to educational institutions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

So, if you were to choose, what would be your reasons to spend your (or your parent’s) funds?

Reasons for Choice. Choose the first five reasons for you to choose a country to study.

I want to study:

1. In a particular part of the world I have always wanted to see.

2. In a city, town, or rural area.

3. Where I feel comfortable living in.

4. Where I can enjoy cultural, social, and extracurricular experiences and activities.

5. To explore cultures drastically different from my own or experience one that is relatively similar.

6. That offer programs aligned to my personal, academic, and professional goals

7. In a country that allows easy travel to and from other countries.

Criteria for Ranking

The following criteria had been selected based on rankings made by U.S. News, a respected magazine worldwide and interviews with Filipino students applying for visas to pursue academic programs overseas.

- Citizenship: cares about human rights, cares about the environment, gender equality, progressive, religious freedom, respects property rights, trustworthy, well-distributed political power

- Cultural Influence: culturally significant in terms of entertainment, fashionable, happy, has an influential culture, modern, prestigious, trendy

- Ability to Work While Studying: availability of career counselors, guidance on entering the local job market; access to employers who could be potential sponsors for full employment and/or permanent residency; eligibility of spouse to work full time.

- Entrepreneurship: connected to the rest of the world, educated population, entrepreneurial, innovative, provides easy access to capital, skilled labor force, technological expertise, transparent business practices, well-developed infrastructure, well-developed legal framework

- Best value for tuition and cost of studies: competitive course fees and flexible payment terms, employers allowed to post job openings in school; flexible and reasonable rates of transportation, food and lodging.

- Open for Business: bureaucratic, cheap manufacturing costs, corrupt, favorable tax environment, transparent government practices.

- Pathway to permanent employment and residency: official programs in place allowing change of status onshore; points for completing studies, skills, qualification and language proficiency of spouse/partner; bonus points for having qualified relatives in country of study.

- Quality of Life: a good job market, affordable, economically stable, family friendly, income equality, politically stable, safe, well-developed public education system, well-developed public health system.

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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