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Ways for Students to Study Outside of Their Home Country

Posted on June 14th, 2019 by Phu Nguyen

Aspiring students who wish to study outside their home countries have a lot of questions to answer, but the best ones to start with are what to study and how. Many international students’ paths will be different from domestic students. International students often need to tailor their educational paths to ones that will help them excel academically. These unique requirements often lead to opting into pathway, English as a Second Language (ESL), and online programs. Here’s what each entails:

Pathway Programs

These are preparatory courses that are designed to help international students build the skills, knowledge, and qualifications that they will need to enter a bachelor’s or master’s degree program. These programs generally last one year, and they do not end with a degree, but help ease you into what ultimately becomes your academic path. Choosing to attend a pathway program will help with building language skills, give more time to choose a major, help odds with undergraduate admission, and allows for time to adjust to new surroundings, cultures, and routines. Completing a pathway program leaves students with qualifications that they will need to enter a bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Pathway courses do earn students credit to apply towards the degree they earn in the major they choose.

Pathway programs to consider: George Mason University and American University

English as a Second Language (ESL programs)

These are English language study programs for individuals who do not speak English as their first language and want to improve their English skills in order to have a better grasp of the language for their academic courses. Different classes teach different language skills depending on the needs and skills of the students, but all courses teach conversational English, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. For the very ambitious student, ESL courses designed for academic and business English are also available.

ESL schools to consider: Kaplan International English School and the University of Utah English Language Institute

Online Programs

These programs are for students who need flexibility with their schedules and location. Online degrees are an accessible and affordable option for prospective students who may not be able to access higher education otherwise. Attending courses in an online structure give students the opportunity to plan study time around the rest of their day, instead of the other way around. Students can study and fulfill life’s other responsibilities however they wish to arrange their time doing so. Now a degree can be earned from anywhere in the world.

Online program to consider: Arden University

For the international student who wants to explore their educational options, pathway, ESL, and online programs could make all the difference in earning a degree. Pathway and ESL programs prepare students for more rigorous courses that require a good grasp of the English language and allows more time to acclimate to an undergraduate or graduate program that follows. Meanwhile, studying online allows for working at each student’s own specific pace. If you’re searching for a non-traditional international student journey, consider one of these three programs options when seeking the degree you want to earn from abroad.

Written by Phu Nguyen

Phu is an alumnus of the University of South Florida in Tampa, and Florida International University in Miami. A freelance writer for over a decade, her portfolio includes working with Nokia, the Georgia Aquarium, and articles in major online publications such as The Huffington Post. Phu joined Envisage as the Content Manager in October of 2018.

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33 Responses to “Ways for Students to Study Outside of Their Home Country”

  1. Boketsu Banganganda Bonald Says:

    Your applicant full name Boketsu with my spouse name Mengi mulandu esperance borthday,04/03/1980 desires to be enroll at university of california san diego/department of economics in the PRE-MBA fall 2019 to improve english skills or extrapreparation for college level course of work.
    MR Boketsu Banganganda Bonald

  2. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can fill out the form on the left of this link to reach out to the school directly:
    They will be happy to help you and your spouse find what you are looking for.

  3. Placid Nyamutale Says:

    Hello, thank you for helping us to learn more about the University.
    I would wish to be helped in studying in your University from the country Uganda. I have a very good master’s degree, but I can’t afford to study for a PhD with a scholarship. Please help me to know how I can get a scholarship.
    I am aged 31 years and I believe I will study very serous to achieve my goal.
    God bless.

    Tumukugize Vincent Mwebesa,

  4. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can first look into our scholarship search, here:, to help find ways to fund your studies. If you still need financial help, you can consider a loan. For more information on that, visit this page:

  5. syed Rehan Haider Naqvi Says:

    I am interested to get admission in PhD marketing

  6. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can visit our school search to see what schools best fit your studies and goals. Here I have listed all the US schools that have a PhD in Marketing and accept international students. You can change this search to include the exact location you would like as well as search in Canada, Australia, and the UK.

  7. Frances Henry Says:

    Hello there

    I interested in studying abroad probably north America ( new york, Atlanta, or Toronto) I was born in Grenada in the Caribbean over I reside in Belfast in the UK can you let me know what is available on maybe an international type student facility which would provide me the accommodation the various boarding, lstudent loans and everything I’m interested in earning a degree in IT


    Miss Frances Henry

  8. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello, Frances! We have a school search that can help you find the schools that best fits your goals. You can search in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Australia and you can search by type of degree, field of study (IT), and location. From there, when you find schools that interest you, you can contact them directly to learn everything you need to know about their specific admissions process. Here is our USA school search:

  9. Bamidele oladejo Says:

    Thank you for the info, I will like to pursue a career in the maritime sector, I have gain a National Diploma in marine engineering and I will like to proceed for degree program but i need a fully sponsored scholarship program that can help me to achieve this or if there is any program that assist international students to acgeube their dream career and at the end they can be employed and pay back the whole expenses.

  10. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! First, you can search for schools that have the field of study you are looking for (maritime studies) on our school search:
    After you have found schools that interest you, you can contact them directly regarding admissions and fees. Also, we have resources on international financial aid that you might find useful here:

  11. Mohammad Golam Zubayer Says:

    I am admitted in your university (Full Free)

  12. DOSSOUS Jean Fritz Almond Says:

    I want To continue my universitary studies in USA, but I don’t have money for paying it. Then, I want Help!

  13. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can visit our website for resources on financial aid for international students here:
    You can access our free scholarship search as well as information for student loans.

  14. Helmut Egesa Wagabi Says:

    Can I have information on affordable online master’s in Hospitality management from UK or Europe?

  15. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! Please use our school search to find schools that fit your study goals. You can change the search guidlines as well:

  16. Ken Says:

    Please, how do I get the database of Accelerated programs in USA?

  17. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can begin by using our school search to find what best fits your goals:

  18. Hassan ahmad Says:

    Sir I applied for the loan

  19. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! Congratulations on your accomplishments so far. Best of luck!

  20. Koumba Mbadinga reive dalenna Eunice Says:

    J aimerai etudier au usa comment faire pour etre accepte par cette ecole,je suis etudiante gabonaise et obtenir une bourse d etude

  21. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can look for schools that best fit your study goals here:
    You can then look into financial aid for international students, such as scholarships and loans, here:

  22. Zewidu Says:


  23. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! How can we help you?

  24. Dadar Says:

    My son will be in his final year next year and I would like him to join a university in the USA. When do you think is appropriate time to start applying to colleges?

  25. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can begin looking into schools that best fit your sons goals using our school search here:
    To contact the school directly, you can fill out the information on the right side of each schools page and someone will be in contact with you. It is never too soon to start gathering information and from there you can speak with the schools you are interested in directly.
    Best of luck!

  26. Echebiri Ikenna Johnson Says:

    I need a full scholarship to study in any of the North American universities.
    I sincerely desire to be a product of your great universities. Thanks!

  27. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can visit our online scholarship search for ways to help fund your studies:

  28. Tressy Onyonyi Says:

    i would like to inquire whether you offer full scholarships for international students

  29. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can access our online scholarship search to help find ways to fund your studies:

  30. Samantha Says:

    Hi I’m a high school senior in South Africa looking for full scholarships to study in USA and I need help finding the best one for me. And by the way, I want to study medicine.

    Thank you for your assistance,

  31. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! You can access our scholarship search to help find ways to fund your studies:

  32. woynshet dejene Says:

    hello i need to learn my masters in USA will you help me.

  33. Phu Nguyen Says:

    Hello! To begin, you can visit our website at and use our school search to see what schools best fit your goals. After this, you can visit our international financial aid resources to find ways to fund your studies:

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