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GUA Intern Report: Exploring Unconventional Destinations for Post-Grads

Post-grad can be a difficult time, full of pressures and unknowns for the future. You might think you’re expected to settle down immediately after graduation, but embarking on postgraduate studies abroad offers a wealth of opportunities for personal, academic, and professional growth. For adventurous souls seeking unconventional experiences, exploring off-the-beaten-track destinations can be immensely rewarding.

Evaluating our choices based on academic excellence, quality of life, visa regulations/complexities, and employability post and during your study, here is our...

Top 4 best unconventional places to live and study as a post-grad:

No. 1 - New Zealand

This country provides stunning natural landscapes, a vibrant Maori culture, and ample opportunities for outdoor adventure activities. From hiking and skiing to exploring beautiful coastlines, students can enjoy an immersive and exciting lifestyle.

Renowned for its excellent education system and innovative research in fields such as agriculture, environmental science, and indigenous studies, New Zealand offers students a robust academic environment Times Higher Education World Rankings placing University of Auckland, University of Otago and Auckland University of Technology as their top 3 picks.

Its job market is also thriving in sectors such as tourism, agriculture, and renewable energy, providing promising new possibilities for post-graduate students. Although a student visa is required, there are also options for post-study work permits through the Post-Study Work Visa.

No 2 - South Korea

This beautiful country is filled with bustling cities, historic sites, and culinary delights, offering a rich blend of both traditional and modern culture. It is renowned for having top universities and cutting-edge research facilities, particularly in technology, engineering, and Korean Studies. For those looking to further develop their careers, South Korea’s economy is thriving with opportunities in technology, the automotive industry, and entertainment.

With government initiatives to support start-ups its the perfect place for budding entrepreneurs. Although a student visa is required, a post-graduate work permit can be obtained through the Job-Seeker Visa.

No 3 - Costa Rica

Known for its abundant biodiversity, pristine beaches, and laidback lifestyle amidst Pura Vida culture, Costa Rica is the perfect location for students who are looking for a serene environment that is conducive to both their academic and personal growth.

Currently emerging as a hub for environmental studies, sustainable development, and ecotourism research, the country’s commitment to conservation can be found in an abundance of academic programs.

There are also ample career development opportunities in sustainable tourism, conservation, renewable energy, and agribusiness. While a student visa is required, there are options for post-graduation work permits through the Temporary Residence Permit.

No 4 - Estonia

Estonia blends medieval charm with modernity, featuring a tech-savvy population and a vibrant cultural scene. Known for its advanced digital society, e-governance initiatives, and innovative start-ups, students can study at top universities like University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, and Tallinn University which offer an abundance of programs in technology, entrepreneurship, and cybersecurity.

Along with its booming tech sector and government support for innovation, this is the perfect destination for post-grad students looking to enter the tech industry and become an IT professional. A temporary residence permit for study purposes is required, but there are also options for post-graduation work permits through their Start-up Visa or Estonia's Highly Qualified Employment Visa.

Venturing beyond traditional destinations, an adventurous postgraduate can find unique and enriching experiences in lesser-known countries. From exploring pristine natural landscapes to immersing in vibrant cultures and pursuing innovative academic and career opportunities, these off-the-beaten-track destinations offer a wealth of possibilities for personal and professional growth.

By embracing the spirit of adventure and curiosity, you can embark on a transformative journey that redefines your educational pursuits and shapes your future in ways you never imagined. Always dream big and #AwardYourWork