<p>Hi everyone! </p>
<p>So..i'm finishing HS this year, and i've decided i want to experience new things in life, go to somewhere completely new and pursue a diploma abroad, yaaay!
Problem is I'm now stuck on where to actually go!</p>
<p>I've always wanted to go to the states..but as of 2012, things are really hard even for american ctitizens. Going to the US is a lottery, there's a cap on H1-B's, and it's not guaranteed that i'll be able to became a part of the society i decide to immigrate to, which is a must for me: i wanna go somewhere i'll be able to call home after i finish up school.</p>
<p>In California, there's a lot going on, the govt is slashing the education budget to the core, and the state is pretty much broke. There's also always the usual complaints: overcrowding, too many illegals and too many people whose only thing in common are their dreams of becoming the next star.</p>
<p>Plus the United States seems to be very unfriendly deep inside..you always hear someone complaining about foreigners "stealing our jobs" and stuff..which is not my intention.</p>
<p>Canada, on the other hand is very immigration friendly..if you graduate there you have very good chances of becoming a permanent resident under the Canadian Experience Class..but is it as good as the US? How most canadian universities rank up with americans? U of T, UBC, would they be as good as say, USC? University of Texas? of California? How would be Toronto compared with US major cities, like LA? All in all: would you recommend? </p>
<p>Then there's Australia. Seems nice! But some say it's way too expensive :/
They say one would afford ivy league ed with the amount of money required to settle in Melbourne, or Sydney. Plus i've never been anywhere close to AUS..it definitely has that "far-away" feeling.</p>
<p>Currently on the table for me are: UT at Austin, USC, University of California, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and University of Melbourne
I wanna major in Economics, and i'm from Brazil.</p>
<p>On a side note, i would like to say i'm not a genius, instead a hard-working, determined guys who's willing to do whatever possible to reach my objectives. I'm also VERY passionate about guitar, thus looking for a place with a nice music scene, where i can dedicate myself both to school and being active in a band, too much to ask? LOL!</p>
<p>So where y'all think it's a good place to go?</p>
<p>Any input is deeply appreciated you guys, i'm also sorry for any misspellings, i'm ESL!