Sunday, December 23, 2007

live, study and work abroad

Like I always say, I’ve been too busy last couple of weeks. I quit my work and trying to go abroad for higher studies and work. In the mean time I’m doing web, graphic-design, networking and software-development projects in my own company, activ.

This year, somehow I need to find a better place to live, study and work. Cost of living is getting higher and higher in Sri Lanka. Can’t survive, if you don’t have a work which pays you at least 20,000 Sri Lanka rupees monthly. If you want to live fairly good life, you need more than 60,000 Sri Lanka Rupees.

Now, I’m in the process of collecting information about living, studies and work opportunities in abroad. I think those information that I’ve collected will be surely useful to you, if you’re in my category. So this post is all about “live, study and work abroad”.

Here I’ve chosen some of the countries, I can possibly go or I like to go. Ok. This is the list.

Cost of living* Allowed working hours Educational Fee* Languages Other Info
1.USA Currency: U.S. Dollar


Budget: US$3-5
Mid-range: US$5-20
Top-end: US$20 and upward


Budget: US$12-25
Mid-range: US$25-60
Top-end: US$60 and upward

If you camp or stay in hostels, catch buses and self-cater, you could feasibly explore the country on around US$50 a day. Staying in motels and eating at modest cafes will mean you'll hit the US$100 mark, and enjoying the convenience of a rental car will push your daily budget up to US$150. If you want to do the US in style, welcome to the world of credit and consumerism.

You'll save yourself hassle and expense if your traveler's checks are in US dollars. Restaurants, hotels and most stores accept US dollar traveler's checks as if they were cash. Major credit cards are widely accepted; you'll find it hard to perform certain transactions (such as renting a car or reserving tickets over the phone) without one. You may also be able to access your bank account using US ATMs.

Tipping is expected in restaurants and better hotels. The going rate in restaurants is 15% or more of the bill; never tip in a fast-food or self service environment. Taxi drivers, bartenders and hairdressers depend on similar-sized gratuities. Sales taxes vary from state to state but are typically 5-8%, though some states have no sales taxes at all. Top-end accommodation also often attracts a bed tax, which can be as high as 15%. It's worth checking whether quoted prices for lodging include all relevant taxes.
2.Australia Currency: Australian Dollar


Budget: US$3-5
Mid-range: US$6-14
Top-end: US$15 and upwards


Budget: US$6-17
Mid-range: US$18-55
Top-end: US$60 and upwards

If you're coming from Europe or the USA, Australia is going to look pretty cheap. Food, in particular, is great value. Accommodation is also reasonably priced, and if you're staying in hostels or on-site caravans or camping, and mostly making your own meals you could conceivably get by on about US$20 to US$25 a day. Travel will be your biggest expense - distances are long - so if you're moving around a bit, eating out once or twice a day and staying in budget hotels, plan for around US$50 a day. If you're only coming for a couple of weeks and plan to take a few internal flights, you'll be looking at more like US$100 a day. You'll have no problems changing foreign currencies or cash at almost any bank or exchange bureau. Travellers cheques generally get a better rate than cash, though banks take out a commission. Credit cards (particularly Visa and MasterCard) are widely accepted (and pretty much compulsory if you're going to rent a car), and ATMs all over the country accept credit and Cirrus cards.

Tipping is getting a foothold in Australia, particularly in cafes and restaurants in the bigger cities - 5-15% is the usual. However, you won't be looked down upon if you don't tip. Taxi drivers are always grateful if you leave the change.
3.UK 10000-16000 (GBP)
4.New zealand Currency: NZ Dollar


Budget: US$5-15
Mid-range: US$15-30
Top-end: US$30 and upwards


Budget: US$10-20
Mid-range: US$20-100
Top-end: US$100 and upwards

It's possible to travel economically in New Zealand. Budget travellers can expect to get by on less than US$35 a day if camping or staying in hostels and self-catering. Motor camps and motels all have kitchens for guests' use, so staying in these also gives you the option of doing your own cooking. One of the main reasons people come to New Zealand is to participate in the activities the country is known for. Some cost nothing - tramping, swimming, birdwatching - but as so many enjoyable activities are expensive, they can end up being a major part of your travel budget. If you stay in hotels, eat at restaurants and spend money on rafting, bungy jumping and the like, be prepared to outlay about US$100 a day.

The currencies of Australia, the UK, USA, Canada, Germany and Japan are all easily changed in New Zealand. You'll have no trouble with the major travellers' cheques and credit cards. Banks will give cash advances on Visa and MasterCard, but for American Express card transactions you must go to an American Express office.

Tipping is becoming more widespread in New Zealand, although many Kiwis still regard it as a rather odd foreign custom. Nevertheless, it is on the increase, principally in the major centres where there's been more foreign influence. You should tip 5-10% of the bill in a restaurant (not in a simple café) if you feel you have received exceptional service.
6.India Currency: Indian Rupee
Budget: 100 IRS
Mid-range: 100-500 IRS
Top-end: 500 IRS and upwards

Budget: 120 IRS
Mid-range: 120-700 IRS
Top-end: 700 IRS and upwards

Normally 4500 IRS is enough for living, monthly. House rent is 5000 rupees monthly and initial advance is 50000 rupees. 4 students can accommodate. This information is applicable in bangalore. Bangalore is very quickly developing place in India.
Can work as much as you like. 160000 IRS per year Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu
and so...
7.Canada Currency: Canadian Dollar


Budget: US$5-10
Mid-range: US$10-30
Top-end: US$30 and upwards


Budget: US$15-30
Mid-range: US$30-45
Top-end: US$50 and upwards

For most visitors, the largest expense will be accommodation. Food prices are generally much lower than those in Western Europe, but are a little higher than those in the USA. If you stay in budget accommodation and eat in cafes, expect to spend around US$45 a day, not including long-distance transport. If you stay in motels and eat at restaurants occasionally, you're looking at around US$80 a day.

It's best to change money at companies such as Thomas Cook, which specialises in international transactions. If you can't find a money exchange office or booth, try a bank. American Express and Thomas Cook are the best travelers' checks to have, and you should make sure they are either in US or Canadian dollar denominations. Credit cards are widely accepted, especially Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

A 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) is applicable to all transport, accommodation, restaurant meals and just about anything else you're likely to purchase, including newspapers. On top of this, in most of Canada, a provincial sales tax also must be paid. This can, in some provinces, add 15% to the quoted price, so factor it into your expenses so you don't get a nasty surprise at the cash register.

It's considered normal to tip 15% of the bill. Tips are usually given to waiters, cab drivers, hairdressers, hotel attendants and, by savvy drinkers, bar staff.

* Cost of living and educational fee are depend on which place you live and which university or college you have selected. So, I have listed here the average.

I'll update this list as soon as I get new information about any of these.

I need some time and your help to fill this list. I couldn't find information about some of these. If you are in any of the listed country here or if you know the information about those countries, Please help me. My mail address is or go to reach me easly. Thanks.