As much as “ignorance is no defence” sounds cliche, it is still relevant in our day, in 2020. Are you considering an academic pursuit, a doctorate degree, abroad? You’d definitely be interested in checking out our list of the top 5 countries for PhD education and the reasons behind this choice of ours. This article is extracted from a Facebook live session by Dr Linda Iheme — who is a Dentist and an educational consultant. Hence, it is strictly an opinion piece. Do have a good read.
Here are the top 5 countries for PhD education and why
According to Dr Linda Iheme, Canada is the most significant destination to consider for PhD studies. Aside from the many schools that you can apply for your PhD, most of the PhD studies in Canada are fully funded. It also allows international students to stay back after school to work and gain the needed expertise.
Canada has a policy in place called the Express Entry. This is an application management system that offers Canadian permanent residence to immigrants. To qualify for express entry, you ought to have a Masters degree or a professional degree such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Law, among others.
What most students don’t know however is that when they start their PhD programmes, they can use their existing Master’s degree to apply for Express Entry. As an international PhD student studying in Canada, your express entry application might take roughly a year to get the needed approval — to become a Canadian permanent resident.
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Once you become a permanent resident, you can as well apply for Canadian citizenship. And to do this, you must have been a permanent resident in Canada for 3 years and above (which is highly possible to achieve within your four-year study as a PhD student). If all this falls in place for you and you get your citizenship, by the time you graduate, you might graduate having both Canadian citizenship and your PhD certificate. You don’t have to finish your four-year study in Canada and go through the process of attaining citizenship when you can do this while as a student.
As an international student with dual citizenship, you can move to another country freely without a visa. This increases your ability to generate income at your own free will at any of the countries.
In Australia, there are a lot of schools as well as scholarship opportunities you can take advantage of in your PhD journey. It is one of the few countries that allows students to stay and work after their course of study. This makes it a very good place to consider for your PhD education. You will need experience in your career.
3. The USA
According to Dr Iheme, the USA is a great country to consider for your PhD education because there are many schools there and also because of the options they give. The benefit of these options is that some schools give students scholarship opportunities to compete with other schools. In the USA, students can work parttime, especially on campus while as students.
But the USA recently made some modifications to their educational system where international students can no longer stay back and work and gain the needed expertise. But if studying in the USA is your dream, as a student, don’t hesitate to go for it. It is easy to find jobs in other high earning income countries after your study in the USA. These are some key things to consider if you are considering the USA as a place for your PhD education.
Uk has a vibrant educational system with lots of schools, which makes it an ideal PhD study destination. There are a lot of fully-funded PhD programmes you can scout for. In the past, the UK did not allow international students to stay back and work after their studies, but times have changed. Now, the laws in the UK enable international students to stay again for two years after their study duration to gain work experience. Comparing the UK to a limited number of schools in Europe, the UK provides a high range of school options for students to choose from.
There are a lot of scholarship opportunities in Germany that are fully funded. And supposing you get a PhD offer that is not fully funded, Germany runs a free education system that makes it very easy for you since it gives you room to focus on just your living expenses. However, some Universities in Germany do require their students to learn the German language as part of their admission requirements.
For more information on further studies abroad, you can contact Dr Linda Iheme on Facebook or Instagram or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party. It is strictly an opinion piece.