Twenty years ago, studying business abroad was only for the adventurous or the downright quirky. Today, it’s increasingly commonplace. Why? Because employers of all sizes are now searching for – and fighting over – the truly international employee: the one who really understands how business is done in key markets around the globe.
Those who study abroad while they’re young have international experience before they’ve even reached the workplace. Already ahead of their peers, they’ll be multilingual and have an increased understanding of different cultures.
But what is it actually like to study abroad and what is the right location – or locations – for you? How is student life in Ireland different to student life in India, for example? What does a MacBook Pro cost in Australia compared to Austria? How much will a cappuccino set you back in Budapest compared to Beijing?
In an effort to access their invaluable advice and experiences, we surveyed students from 29 leading business schools and universities around the world who are part of CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education. As part of their Master’s in International Management, the students are required to spend at least one term at a partner school in another country.
For every location, we asked local students: What are the three key things you think someone coming to study in your home country should know before they arrive?
And we asked visiting students: What are the three key things you wish you had known before you began studying at a school outside your home country?
So before you get those visa applications sent off, find the study destination that suits you. Our country by country guide begins here…
* You will note that we have not included the U.S. among the country profiles, and hoped that some crowdsourcing of Forbes readers will provide some great advice in the comments section that we will use to update the article...
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