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Migrating overseas or studying abroad?

Monday July 30, 2018,

3 min Read

Many of us aspire to move to a different country seeking growth in whatever we do. When you start planning your move overseas, the first step must be to have a clear purpose of your visit. Studying and settling permanently in a foreign country is truly a life-changing experience.



When we talk about 'studying abroad,' we are generally referring to pursuing a course in some other country and then getting back to our native place. On the other hand, 'moving abroad' is all about gaining a permanent settlement or permanent residency (PR) in some other country. In order to study abroad, one applies for a study permit whereas in order to move permanently to a new place one has to apply for a visa that offers permanent residency. There are various kinds of visas offering permanent resident and each comes with its own set of requirements. 

Apart from this, the English language proficiency tests that you need to take also vary according to the purpose of your visit. There is IELTS General for immigration purposes, whereas there are IELTS Academic, TOEFL, and PTE Academic Practice Test for studying abroad.

You must choose the route that best falls in line with the wider objectives of your life. Below are a few tips to help you choose the right track:


International Exposure: When a student moves overseas for studies, he experiences new cultures, languages, outlook, and activities. This not only widens his intellect but also makes him more resilient.

Better Educational Facilities: Most of the students move abroad in order to access better educational facilities in world-class institutions. Studying at the best places in your field increases opportunities for growth which, in turn, enhances a student’s profile.

Work Permit: After successful completion of his course, a student may apply for a work permit, using which he can work in the country. This international work experience is always an add-on to one's résumé.


No Visa Requirement in Future: On becoming a permanent resident of a country, one no longer needs a visa for the next visit. This helps guard against visa related laws that are subject to change with the change in government. A permanent resident can visit the country any time and stay there for any duration.

Settle Anywhere: A permanent resident is free to work and live anywhere in the country.

Study: PR makes study cheaper for a student. Charges would be the same as in the case of a domestic student. Usually, these are less than half the fee applicable for an international student. In addition, the resident student is also eligible to apply for a study loan.

Work: Work-related rights of a permanent resident are the same as that of the citizens of the country. This means that the number of work hours and the minimum wage of a permanent resident would be similar to those of the natives.

Social Security and Healthcare: A permanent resident can access all the social security and healthcare benefits that are provided by the government to the citizens of the country.

Family-related Benefits: A permanent resident can help family members settle in the country and get them permanent residency by sponsoring them.

Therefore, it is important to know why you want to move before making a move. Choose the path that best serves your objectives and needs. It is not every other day that you shift to a new place.