Public vs Private university: Which should you choose?

Study International | September 17, 2019

Are you in your final year of secondary or high school and mulling over your university options? For some, a major consideration includes whether the institution you’re applying for is public or private.Can private university help with your future career, or is the opposite true? Does one deliver superior education over the other, or are outcomes pretty much the same? Both private and public universities have different strengths and weaknesses, but what are some considerations that could help you make your decision? Both private universities and public ones are funded differently, which affects how much they cost. Public universities are funded by the state government while private universities rely on tuition and funding from private individuals or organisations. Depending on your country of residence, public universities are sometimes called state universities. There’s no doubt that a major factor for many students when deciding where to study includes the cost of a degree. Because public universities receive funding from the government, they are typically cheaper to attend than private universities as the cost has been subsidised by the public.

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