Graduating from high school can be a satisfying feeling for
many students… until you realize that more education is required to get a high
paying job. Students face a difficult
decision: build a career path with the best post-secondary school, or enter the
work force with a high school diploma and a prayer for a long-term paycheque.
Students across the globe that are interested in furthering
their education should probably start with a little introspection. One of the first
things you should ask yourself is what kind of work or career do you like.
Having passion for your first career is much more enjoyable than being
committed to a job you despise.
Like most people, you probably see yourself making money
doing a broad range of work. The next question
to self is what is the current state of the job market for the industries or
professions you like? You are likely better off to observe and adapt to
changing trends that could influence your choice of profession.
The cost of tuition is going to be a big factor in your
choice of university or college. In Canada the average tuition cost is about $5,722 and
almost $20,000 for international students. Local education is clearly less
expensive in comparison to studying abroad, especially when you factor in
accommodations. For example, an Ontario
resident that attends university or college in Ontario will pay on average tuition
of $7,259 while the cost for international undergraduates to go to Ontario
post-secondary schools is $22,886.
In Quebec, the differences in tuition rates differ
significantly for Quebecers compared to other Canadians and even more so for
foreign students. At Laval University in Quebec, the tuition rate the school
charges to a Quebecois is only $2,813; a student from other Canadian provinces must
pay tuition of $6,824 while the charges for an international non-resident
surges to $17,281.
Harvard University situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts is
one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The school is very expensive.
The average tuition for a new undergrad is $37,576 and the total cost for one
year of a Harvard education adds up to $54,596.
Florida State University tuition starts at $6,575 for local
residents. If an American citizen or someone outside of the states were to
study in Florida, the students can expect to dig deeper into their pockets. The
FSU tuition rate rises to over $21,741, which is a lot of dough for a State
that in 2010 had the third-lowest average tuition rates in the United States.
In Europe tuition for a student varies from each country in
the EU zone. For instance, students advancing their higher education studies in
Sweden may pay over $250,000 CAD for a Bachelor or Master’s degree while those
striving for a PhD could attend tuition-free.
Brazil offers free public colleges and universities to local
students, but that does not prevent 95% of students from paying for the
privilege to go to a private institution in Brazil. Post-secondary schools have become
“market-oriented”. The education system shifted
gears and now treats the student like a customer because only 11% of Brazilians
have a post-secondary qualification.
Today’s economic reality means receiving a post-secondary
education is crucial for an individual’s success. Youth unemployment rates are terribly high but
the alternative of attending a top foreign school is an expensive proposition.
Prospective students need to financially plan for their studies. Tough
decisions involving costs and opportunities will hopefully produce a formal
education with rewarding benefits.
By: Micha Salazar 17, Toronto, ON
Published Wednesday, May. 7 2014, 11:55 AM EDT