Study Abroad for Free!

Study Abroad for Free!

Pack your suitcases, ladies and gentlemen. 

Every student dreams of spending a year abroad; studying in another country, learning a new languaging, experiencing a new culture, what’s not to love! So much so, that earlier this year we did a piece on the top 7 places for students to study abroad in 2017. That being said, a big roadblock for most students dreaming of a embarking on a year abroad is the financial burden. Not only are plane tickets and accommodations costly requirements, but many universities hike up their tuition prices for international students. Unfortunately, this stops many students from living the unique and amazing experience of studying in another country. However, being in 2017, progressive governments around the world have begun to recognize how important education is not only for a country’s economy but for global progression in general. Keeping that in mind, many governments have mandated cheaper education

However, being in 2017, progressive governments around the world have begun to recognize the importance of education for a country’s economy and global progression alike. Keeping that in mind, many governments have mandated cheaper tertiary education for everyone. Today, there are places you can study abroad for free or very cheap. We have curated a list of the top 5 locations to spend a year abroad with cheap tuition, guaranteeing you an amazing experience without breaking the bank!

 

Iceland & Norway

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These countries are famous for more than just their amazing spas! The Scandinavian economic model has a strong focus and heavy expenditure on social programs, including public education. They do so with the hopes of achieving an educated workforce, greater economic development, and thus economic prosperity. With such policies, it’s no surprise that these countries offer free tuition for EU nationals. However, unlike their Nordic counterparts such as Sweden and Denmark, Iceland and Norway extend their waived tuition fees to any foreign-born student that would like to study in their country.

 

Germany

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Most famously, Germany recently rolled out a program calling for free tuition within their education system. This policy has waived tuition fees for all interested national and international students alike. With a world-class education system, strong yet inviting culture, gorgeous and timeless architecture, and free tuition, we’re already packing our bags!

 

Austria

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Austria is yet another European country that houses extremely cheap tuition for tertiary education. The country offers the same educational rights to national and international individuals alike, consisting of two free semesters for all students. After that, students pay approximately $385 USD per semester to study in Austria. I know what you’re thinking… that barely covers textbooks in North America! Needless to say,  you AND your wallet can benefit from the enriching experience of studying abroad.  

 

France

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Although this European destination is not globally seen as a leader in free education, France’s tuition rates are extremely affordable. Their programs consist of countless free courses, with others coming in at a very low cost. In fact, French, EU, and international students can all equally enjoy receiving their degrees for anywhere from $195 to $1000 USD per year. Compared to the $10,000-$60,000 per year range often found in Canada and the U.S., France is definitely housing an economically reasonable educational system.

 

Brazil

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Brazil is yet another country that realizes the value in offering students free education, with many of the country’s universities choosing not to charge tuition fees. However, English students are required to pay a small registration fee for taking courses in English rather than Portuguese.

 

With so many great options, we’ve definitely been bitten by the travel bug. Will you look into studies in one of these 5 countries? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.

The World’s Top Universities

The World’s Top Universities

Did Your School Make the Cut?

Every year, Queensland Australia conducts a study to find out which post-secondary institutions are the absolute best educational organizations on the globe. From academic and employer reputation to faculty/student ratio and citations per faculty, their inclusive research methodology considers 6 integral factors to truly objectively capture a university’s performance. Intrigued as most, we decided to check out the results of the study through topuniversities.com. Below we recount which institutions topped the QS World University Rankings 2018.

 

Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT)

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A school known as a hub of innovation and social entrepreneurship with countless notable alumni, MIT has topped the list of university rankings as the world’s top university.

 

Stanford University

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A close second, Stanford University earned a second place seat on the QS World University Rankings 2018. By producing the brains behind countless successful Silicon Valley firms and famous alumni such as Elon Musk and Chelsea Clinton, there’s no question that this university produces some pretty amazingly critical thinkers and entrepreneurs.

 

Harvard University

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Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and John F. Kennedy are just a few of the incredibly successful individuals coming out of Harvard University – the QS World University Ranking’s second runner-up. Famous for their law school in cohesion with their prestigious reputation, this school has been among the top 5 top universities for years.

 

California Institute of Technology 

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Caltech is yet another distinguished California-based institution that made the top five best universities in the world. The schools’ reputation for an incredible science-centric agenda and extensive research and academic programs are just a few of the reasons this institution sat at fourth place of the top 5 universities according to QS World University Rankings.

 

University of Cambridge

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The University of Cambridge is the first non-American university to appear on the list. Sitting at fifth place, the English institution was founded by King Henry III himself, and is one of the world’s oldest/ longest-standing universities.

 

Check out the full list and find out where your school ranks by clicking here. Are you surprised by the top 5 institutions? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

 

 

5 Coolest University Libraries

5 Coolest University Libraries

Time to get ~learnt~.

Ah, the library. As you’ve probably experienced, a school’s library becomes a second home to most students throughout the academic year. In fact, many schools have set up comfortable areas for students to study, write papers, do group work, and even sleep or exercise! With so many different institutions and set ups, we decided to compile a list of the top 5 coolest libraries around the world. These libraries will have you wishing you were studying!

 

 

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

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What if your library had a rooftop lounge? Delft University of Technology knows the feeling. The university’s library building is entirely covered in grass, making for a huge quad in which students hang out on and study.

 

University of Manchester, UK

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Two words: Sleeping. Pods. Need we say more? The University of Manchester installed sleeping pods for an informal experiment into how napping can optimize the brain’s ability to learn and take in information. If it means power naps while studying for finals, we’re all for it!

 

Loyola University, US

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Chicago’s Loyola University might actually have the best view out there. With a lake view, glass windows, and a new age digitized facility, this library is our personal favourite study spot from the list.

 

University of Utah, US

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You have to admit, walk stations are pretty cool. The University of Utah has countless walk/work stations throughout their library facility. For any kinaesthetic learner,  this library setup is a dream come true.

 

Free University of Berlin, Germany

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This unique library designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster is in the shape of a human brain! The library has several open-concept tiers where students can hangout, study, or read.

 

 

Does your or your friend’s school have an awesome library that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

 

5 Reasons You Should Live Off-Campus

5 Reasons You Should Live Off-Campus

Decisions, decisions.

A huge decision that new and seasoned students face alike, is whether to live on or off-campus. Although campus residences can seem both convenient and an easy way to make friends, there are actually a ton of important reasons to consider living off-campus. In fact, many of these factors may not only help you keep great grades but also a healthy mental and physical state! Here are our top 8 reasons you should consider living off-campus:

 

More Space

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If you’ve ever visited a campus residence, you know how limited space is in dorm rooms. Luckily, when living off-campus you are likely to have your own room and closet, as well as all of your preferred facilities (bathroom, microwave, etc.) directly within your unit.

 

More Privacy

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Why share a room with a complete stranger when you can have your own? No reason to ever be freaked out by a creepy roommate, a party boy/girl coming in with guests at all hours of the night, or worst yet SHARED BATHROOMS. Living off-campus ensures you have your own room and exponentially increases the amount of privacy at your disposal.

 

Better Food

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The perfect way to avoid countless cafeteria meals (and the dreaded freshman 15) is to take yourself out of the vicinity completely, by living off-residence. Without pre-made food options always prevailing, you are likely to make your own food with fresh ingredients, resulting in an overall healthier diet.

 

Save Money

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Residences are often especially expensive because they know parents and students will pay for the convenience. That being said, living off-campus will help you save tons of money while securing a bigger living space and more privacy.

 

Getaway From Campus

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Sometimes it can be beneficial to change your environment to clear your mind. Unfortunately, when living on campus, you rarely get that chance as classes and your home are in the same place. By contrast, living off-campus will allow you to decompress when you go home, and have your head in the game when on campus.

 

 

With all of these amazing advantages, the case for living off-campus is strong. Where would you rather live – on or off campus? Let us know where you prefer and why in the comment section below.

Delicious (and Healthy) Study Snacks

Delicious (and Healthy) Study Snacks

Healthy food=better grades.

Achieving high passing grades tends to be the main focus throughout tertiary education for most students. However, between countless sleepless nights and an abundance of exams/assignments, students’ bodies are constantly exposed to high levels of stress, typically resulting in lower levels of productivity. Luckily, there are a few small lifestyle tweaks students can make to offset the negative effects of stress and increase productivity. In fact, an article published by Livestrong outlines the direct correlation between maintaining a healthy diet and achieving higher grades. From increasing a student’s focus to a generally healthier diet resulting in better energy/attendance, there are countless reasons consider a healthy diet as a student. For those long sleepless nights (and serious finals cravings) we have created a list of both healthy and delicious snacks, perfect for your next study sesh.

 

Coconut Oil Popcorn

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With only two ingredients – kernels and coconut oil, this simple snack is perfect for when you’re craving something crunchy mid studies. Best of all, you can easily customize it to your taste buds with various spicing options (my recommendation is chilli powder, lime powder & salt).

Get the recipe here. 

 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Do you crave chocolate when you’re studying? If so, try this delicious recipe for home made peanut butter cups. By using milk chocolate and natural peanut butter, you will fill the sugar craving AND avoid the notorious post-junk food crash.

Get the recipe here.

 

Cauliflower Pizza

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More into cheesy snacks? Don’t worry – we’ve got the perfect healthy supplement for that too. Instead of ordering pizza, try making your own cauliflower pizza crust. This recipe, although slightly more labour-intensive, is incredibly delicious and healthy.

Get the recipe here.

 

Rice Cakes and Avocado

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Avocado is everyone’s favourite superfood. Next time you’re studying and lacking energy, try cutting up avocado and eating it on a rice cake (or pumpernickel bread). Not only is this snack lighter than eating an entire sandwich, but it will also keep you full while simultaneously supplying your body with tons of healthy fats.

Get this (and many more) recipes here.

 

Mini Salad

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Feeling like a quick fix? Try cutting up some strawberries, spinach, & cheese, and make your very own mini salad! This snack can be dressed up/down as you like, and will fill your body with tons of healthy nutrients to keep you awake and focused.

Get tons of mini salad recipes here. 

 

Which recipes will you try out? Did we miss any of your favourite healthy study snacks? Let us know your thoughts and preferences in the comment section below.

Top 7 Places to Study Abroad

Top 7 Places to Study Abroad

Where would you go?

Studying abroad is a great experience. From being exposed to a new university and culture, to the compassion and independence gained while traveling, choosing to move studies out of the country has plenty of advantages. That being said, with many factors to carefully consider before making the move such as education standards, safety, and the price of living, the decision becomes increasingly complicated. Luckily, there is an entire website dedicated to helping students pick a destination. In accordance with the mass amounts of data collected over the past three years, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 study abroad destinations.

 

Barcelona, Spain

Although an extremely popular destination, Spain is not only home to tons of culture and gorgeous architecture (and… Ibiza!!)., but also many great educational institutions with the capacity to hostthe abundance of students from abroad

 

Sydney, Australia

 

 

With the sun, ocean, and wildlife, Sydney Australia is the perfect destination for those seeking some adventure, while remaining remarkably safe with tons of friendly locals.

 

Hong Kong, China

If you want life in the fast lane while also enjoying a mixture of local and modern traditions, Hong Kong is your place. As a city-state with remarkably quick economic growth, this city is an ideal destination for economics, international relations, and international business studies. As one of the world’s most densely populated areas, Hong Kong is home to seven of the world’s top universities according to the QS World University Rankings. Dreaming of a big city life? In Hong Kong, you’ve got it.

 

Dubai, UAE

Culture, culture, culture. Dubai is the perfect mix; by intertwining lavish life and modernized architecture with traditional middle eastern culture, food, and interior design, this city is an intriguing destination. Not to mention Dubai is home to countless expats – meaning you’ll meet people from all over the world, and has an incredibly low crime rate. Oh, and did we mention the Lamborghini cop cars?

 

Munich, Germany

Germany is a great location for studies. The country as a whole offers a world-class education with incredibly competitive international business, hard science, and German studies disciplines. Beer lover? Good, because Germany hosts the annual Oktoberfest; world class beer to complement world class studies (of course). 

 

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is just really cool. From K-pop to real Korean barbecue, Seoul is the perfect merging of Easter and Western culture. Nicknamed “The Special City” for its diversity, this is the premier destination for students looking for a pop-culture filled, high-tech destination, that’s also home to countless historical sites such as Buddhist temples and palaces. Not to mention, this city harbours world-class educational institutions and an extremely educated population of young people. You’ll fit right in!

 

San Jose, Costa Rica

Vacation, adventure, and urban culture collide to make a truly unique study abroad destination. This fiscally-savvy destination is not only easy on the wallet (and eyes), but is the perfect destination to learn Spanish. Biology student? Costa Rica is home to many rainforests with some amazing wildlife.

 

 

 

We have the travelling bug now, don’t you? The world is full of amazing places waiting for you to experience. If you had the choice where would you go? Let us know your top study abroad destination in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

 

8 Apps Every Student Should Have

8 Apps Every Student Should Have

Just 21st-century things.

As technology becomes increasingly omnipresent in our daily lives, many complicated tasks have the potential to be completely simplified.  Today’s students now have the opportunity to streamline almost everything from note taking to writing bibliographies, ultimately resulting in an increasingly organized and simplified daily student life. For students who find this thought appealing, we’ve put together a list of our top 8 apps that every student should have:

Wunderlist

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Keep all your tasks on track with Wunderlist. This app is amazing for creating task lists of your own AND for group projects, with sharing capabilities and real-time notifications. Best of all, the app is completely integrated, with easy access from any device, computer, and with a Mac app.

Transit App

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Taking public transportation can undoubtedly lead to long wait times and missed buses/subways.  Transit App aims to fix that problem, by offering real-time transit schedules, mapping trips, and pretty much everything else you may need to get from point A to point B, shy of literally transporting you through the phone. Bus? Metro? Uber? Transit App has you covered.

Dropbox

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With an abundance of documents building up in your computer, having an online storage space has never been so important. Dropbox acts as an external drive for all of your files and documents, offering immediate accessibility from your mobile devices, tablet, or even through the web. Dropbox helps you have all of your important files on hand, at all times.

Quora

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Do you have a question that Siri can’t answer? Luckily, Quora can. Quora is a web-based question/answer forum that delivers reliable answers to any questions you may have. This app is basically the modernized (and less sketchy) version of Yahoo Answers.

Buddhify

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We’re all too familiar with the midterms/finals stress-level. Sometimes you just need to relax. Buddhify offers relaxation in an app; this meditation and mindfulness aims to reduce stress, increase presence, and help you sleep. The platform is completely customized to your lifestyle, with specified meditations for when you’re stressed, can’t sleep, or simply need to take a minute to ~chill~.

Evernote

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Imagine how great it would be to keep your notes and reminders all in one place. For students, such a comprehensive platform become the holy grail of note taking programs. Evernote designed a platform for exactly that; offering a clean interface for where students can take notes, make to-do lists, set reminders, attach files, create agendas, all with immediate access from any device. Bring your note taking skills into the 21st century!

Boomerang

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Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive Google Hangouts, Gmail …. With so many Google platforms to manage these apps undeniably take up tons of space on your phone. Why not manage all of your Google programs in one App? Boomerang is your solution; this one-stop manager is guaranteed to bring simplicity to your life.

Easybib

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When you’re (inevitably) editing a paper on-the-go, Easybib is a saving grace. The app version of this citation website automatically generates proper scholastic citations of all different formats – APA, MLA, Chicago, and 6,997 more. With a straightforward platform that simply requires users to type the name of the book/journal/website mentioned in their paper, you’ll wonder how you were ever writing bibliographies without it.

What are you waiting? Get on your App store and start downloading your way to an efficient lifestyle today!