One of the best ways to experience the world is while you study. Not only do you get to stay in the country for an extended period of time, allowing you to fully experience the culture and way of living there, it also surrounds you with like-minded people with similar interests to you. This built-in support and friendship network makes the experience extra enriching, and of course you also earn a further qualification at the same time. It also means you can choose a school that has the best resources and specialisation to suit your needs, and receive an education you might not be able to find in your home country.
Here are the top reasons to choose a graduate program overseas:
- Scholarships. If you’re going to travel, why not get paid while you do it? Graduate study such as Masters and PHD is often funded with scholarships, and studying overseas is no exception. You may need to study a certain topic in order to qualify, so browse ahead of time for scholarships that might apply to you. Apply for as many as possible, as some offer a grant while others provide a monthly stipend while you study.
- Local expertise. When you study abroad, you have a huge range of options, allowing you to select a school with faculty who specialise in the topic you’re undertaking. Graduate study is so specific that it’s important to have an advisor who can properly guide your research. Some schools also have much more detailed libraries, as well as laboratories and on-location facilities.
- Travel opportunities. Studying abroad allows you to set up your “base” overseas, which gives you much greater access to nearby countries. Europe and Asia in particular are fantastic for easy accessibility and adventure. Of course you’ll be very busy with study, but during holidays and breaks you’ll have opportunity to escape for a bit.
- A unique qualification. Studying abroad will give you unique perspective and experience that will make you stand out from other graduates in your home country. It shows that you’re willing to take initiative and organise yourself successfully, and that you have what it takes to be accepted by a world-class program.
Graduate programs are a fantastic opportunity to experience a new country, gain a world-class qualification and meet amazing people in the same field of study.