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The 5 Best Countries in Which to Study Abroad

Choosing the country to go study in

There are many fascinating countries which offer some of the best education in the world.

UMGSA has highlighted a few that not only give the student a first-class academic education but is sure to broaden a student cultural education whilst there.

5 best countries to study abroad in for 2018

#1 South Korea

In a recently released survey, South Korea ranked number one as the top destination for students to study abroad.

Now the worlds eleventh largest economy and a continued steady growth South Korea has a lot to offer in form of education.  It has an impressive list of academic institutes with a wide range of studies.  The country is also well known for its Hi-tech industry and extremely service-based economy.

It is steeped in history, culture with diverse and beautiful landscapes from mountains, cherry blossoms and beaches.

#2 Italy

Is one of the most popular destinations for students looking to study abroad.

Even though most of the study programs do not require Italian it would be a shame to go to Italy and not get to learn one of the “Languages of Love”!  Learning Italian on the side will help with blending with the locals for a truly integrated experience.
It has excellent academic programs across the board offered at the finest institutes.

Italy has the warmth of the Italian people, excellent food, a rich cultural history displayed by the many historical sites and beauty as far as the eye can see.

#3 England

Still one of the most popular destinations for a student wanting to study abroad.  England has some of the finest academic institutes in the world to offer students.

With English spoken everywhere and its diverse cultural mix students are eased into the change of culture as products from all over the world are not that hard to find.

It is, however, one of the most expensive places to go study though.

#4 Australia

With some of the finest establishments in the world which offer most every academic major with science and business studies being top of the list.

The thing to remember about going to Australia, especially for people from the Northern hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are completely opposite.  When the Northern Hemisphere is in Winter they are in Summer.

It has some of the most amazing beaches, animals and offers a world of adventure you will not experience anywhere else in the world.

#5 Costa Rica

If it is value for money you are looking for and a land with a lot of urban flairs, wild outdoor adventures and Latin-American soul Costa Rica is the place for you.

They take their education seriously inside and outside of the classroom with costs not as high as most other countries.
To learn or brush up on your Spanish there is no better place than Costa Rica.


One of the best sources of information when choosing your country is to speak to an educator from your home country.  They will be able to best advise you depending on your chosen academic path.

Always have one or two back up countries and academic institutions in case you are unable, for whatever reasons, to go to the country and learning academy of your first choice.

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4 Tips for preparing for the IELTS

What is the IELTS?

IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System” and is a standardized English language test to gauge an international student’s English language proficiency.

The test was first established in 1989 and is managed by the IELTS Australia IDP, British Council and the Cambridge English Language Assessment.  In the United States, the IELTS is accepted by over three-thousand academic institutes and various other countries around the world.  These countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain to name but a few.

It is also the only test approved by the UK Immigration and visas, Australia and New Zealand.

4 Tips for preparing for the IELTS

#1 Listen

Listening is one of the first sections a student will be tested on. When practicing try and not pause or stop the recording during the test you will only be able to listen to the test recording once. It is useful to highlight various expressions, write down solutions to problems and a good way to practice your listening skills is to listen to a radio news broadcast, podcast or watch a documentary on the TV.

Write down various topics that may have caught your interest then go over them and analyze them carefully.
During the test ensure you fully understand the task at hand, double check any instructions as well as your answers.

#2 Read

Reading is the second section of the test and it is advisable to get yourself a great English dictionary to look up and be sure you fully understand the meaning of any words that you are unsure of.

You should read whatever literature you can before taking and or preparing for the test.Make sure that whilst you are reading you are not translating the text back into your native language.  Think about the words and their meanings in English, you do not have to sit with a dictionary next to you and in today’s advanced world you can quickly look up any words you are stuck with online whilst preparing for the test.

#3 Writing

The third part of the test is writing every day try and write down parts of the news, copy English sentences from the books you are reading.  Make sure you understand all the words you have written in the sentence.  If you do not look them up, say them, understand them and write them again.

Every day try and get a little faster with your writing but try not compromise on the accuracy and legibility of your penmanship.

#4 Vocabulary

English is not the easiest of languages to learn but it is very important to know the correct context of words.

Once again the best way to do this is either with an online application or getting a book that explains the proper use and context of various words in different sentences.

Remember to practice your pronunciation of each word, the more you do the more fluent your speech will become.


The test is broken down into four sections there is the listening section which is thirty minutes, the reading section with taking sixty minutes, the writing section which takes sixty minutes and the speaking section which is roughly eleven to fourteen minutes.  The first three test is done on the same day in one sitting with the speaking tests done up to seven days after the first three.