Some countries and institutions require students to do a year of study abroad.

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This is a really cool concept than helps build a well rounded education. Such programmes are normally setup within the university and involve partner institutions. Then there are those who actively look to study abroad. The same rules apply here when looking for quality education platforms. The thing is to always factor in the cost of living in a foreign country, and what options there are work-wise for students who graduate abroad.  If you are using an agency to study abroad, make sure that the institution is a reputable one that is partnered with accredited higher education set-up's.

How to compare college and university costs:

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Cost vs. Quality of Higher education – part 2* Image credit and source: © Sveta Medvedeva - Shutterstock, Inc

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The risk of investing in education, unlike when you take out a home loan to buy property, is that education is not quite as tangible. Simply put, when you graduate or qualify from university or college – the little piece of paper you receive at the ceremony does not guarantee you anything, not even a job. Even if you meet the academic, attendance and financial criteria, there is no guarantee you’ll wake up every morning, sip on a coffee before leaving for your dream 9 to 5. At least with a home loan, if you pay the bond or mortgage you end up with a roof over your head.

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An education hangover and the problem with first year drop-outs *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Digital Storm

- When all the hype of high school graduation fizzes away…

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Regions regularly celebrate the completion of an individual’s final year of high school. Top academic results, pass rates and even school leavers’ ambitions are often paraded in the media and hyped up by the press. However, the hype soon disappears and high school is soon forgotten. But it’s the individual who remains the newest member of adult society. Decisions abound for these young adults.

Understanding the quality of education: Why comparing student fees falls flat based on the quality of the education and the individual student.

Asking a college or university the questions that they should be answering – an education is an investment – the question is what is being received for that investment.

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Understanding the quality of education: *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Digital Storm

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Student debt, student fees, the cost of education – sorry folks these issues aren’t going away for a long time! Unless you follow the Nordic Regions and German free higher education system, students will have the financial challenges throughout their studies. However, even in the free education zones, money issues are still at large. The cost of living, transport and text books, among other things all add up.

A multi-layered system of networks and capacities linked together with a common factor, money! The banking industry has existed for years and in its modern capacity is an integral part of global business.

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The Banking Industry *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc Copyright: isak55
 
The banking sector can be broken down into number of sectors, however some banks (like a business) pursue different avenues that others may chose not to. It is the business of managing financial assets and commodities along with the risk associated with that management. As complicated as that sounds, the best way to look at a bank is as a business. And just like any other business, a bank is in the business of making money.
 
Different banking sectors:
 
A number of global banking operations are often termed differently but they essentially do the same thing. This means the terminology could vary from bank to bank.