5 Reasons Why More Filipino Millennials Are Studying Abroad
Nearly 50,000 Filipinos are now studying abroad. Canada and Australia top the choice countries for studying abroad. Findings of an international educational consultant’s “bi-annual global surveys revealed that 38% ranked Canada as their first-choice destination, while 25% chose Australia.”
“Academic excellence, international student support, better employment opportunities are among the major reasons cited for those wanting to study in Canada”, the study further says. But why study abroad? Isn’t this quite costly for an average Filipino family? Is studying abroad just a dream for the monied families?
An SWS study of unemployment rate last December 2022 revealed that an estimated total of 9.6 million adult Filipinos were jobless as of December 2022, showing an increase of 800,000, or 0.09%, from the October 2022 figure of 8.8 million.
“Joblessness was higher among women at 29.7%, compared to men at 15.2%. When it comes to age, the youngest age group, 18 to 24 years old, had the highest joblessness at 46.7%. College graduates were also the most jobless at 22.9%.”
So what’s the point of getting a college education if there are chances of being unemployed anyway?
“Education is often referred to as the great equalizer: It can open the door to jobs, resources, and skills that help a person not only survive, but thrive. This is why access to quality education is a globally-recognized solution to poverty.”
“According to UNESCO, if all students in low-income countries had just basic reading skills (nothing else), an estimated 171 million people could escape extreme poverty. If all adults completed secondary education, we could cut the global poverty rate by more than half. This is why the United Nations named quality education one of its Sustainable Development Goals to achieve by 2030.”
In a recent article, the current cost of college education in the Philippines ranges from P60,000 to P300,000 annually depending on the university and course. This is roughly quarter million pesos to P1.2M for a four-year course, excluding miscellaneous expenses. But does shelling out this amount guarantee a good job or a stable career after graduation?
In several studies among the top priorities of Filipino families, education has remained consistent across the years. Since education is believed to help alleviate poverty, parents struggle to seek all means and ways to provide education for their children. Sadly, though, as revealed by the December SWS study, many college graduates remain jobless. Hence, the question-is it sufficient to just graduate from college or do students need to seek a better quality of education? Hence, the dream of studying abroad and seeking employment abroad for better opportunities. Is this just a dream or is it within the reach of the average Juan?
Here are some solid bases on why young Filipinos should consider pursuing college studies abroad or perhaps even getting a second degree.
Filipinos are already trained in a medium of instruction that schools in Canada and Australia are looking for. Depending on the school partner, individual’s profile, course and department, IELTS or TOEFL may not be required; thereby minimizing the additional burden or expense of taking these exams.
According to a 2022 English Proficiency Index by international education company Education First, the Philippines ranked 22nd out of 111 countries, with a score of 578. The country ranked second highest in English proficiency across East and Southeast Asia behind Singapore.
Filipinos already have great professional backgrounds to work on – technology, nursing, engineering, human resource development-to name a few. In addition to careers that await Filipino students, Canadian laws promote work-life balance. If this isn’t just icing on the cake!
True or False: Philippines was Canada’s second-largest source of international students in 2022. True. Canadian schools are recognizing Filipino talent more. Study permit approvals soared to an all-time high of nearly 24,000 in 2022- 10,600 more than the previous year!
Most international students are eligible to work while studying. Earning while learning helps develop the students’ confidence, sense of responsibility and discipline while balancing equally important aspects of their lives.
Finally, the lure of permanent residency in Canada is simply too enticing to resist! It is possible to apply for both temporary (work and study) and permanent residence in Canada – this is called dual intent. Dual intent allows students to apply for permanent residence, while at the same time securing their temporary study permit. For international students, this makes Canada an even more an attractive place to study.
Fil-Global Immigration Services Corporation (FGISC) may just be the answer to the young Filipino students keen on embarking a more secure future. FGISC started in London, United Kingdom on August 12, 2014. It is an ISO certified 9001:2015 and a world-class company offering immigration, internships, and university placement in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, and many other countries. The company was initially founded by a Filipino nursing professional working abroad, experiencing the same sentiments and dilemma of Juan dela Cruz in a foreign land.
Currently, Fil-Global Immigration Services Corporation is composed of highly talented professionals who strengthen the FGISC program team. It has been helping thousands of Filipino “kababayans” attain their dreams abroad.
The company’s Mission is “to become a world leader in university placements and immigration services and to provide opportunities and assistance to professionals, individuals, and families to achieve their dream of studying, visiting, and living overseas.”
The services and programs being offered extend from students to professionals to OFWs and others. FGISC is a sound choice to help Filipinos attain their overseas dreams. There are many branches around the Philippines to service prospective international students. The Refund Policy is an assurance that money won’t go wasted. The No Embassy Appearance offers a convenient mode of application while the 24/7 hotlines guaranteed to reply to inquiries and concerns assures applicants of the thorough support. Parents and prospective international students may also heave a sigh of relief with the Scholarship Grants from various partner schools abroad. FGISC also provides free IELTS/PTE review (conditions apply). With over a hundred (100+) school partners, over five thousand (5,000) members worldwide, no age limit/discrimination and various perks and benefits, one can’t go wrong with FGISC. FGISC simply has all the reasons to be the top choice for prospective international students.
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