As a world traveling grad student living in London (who’s also the blogger behind A Millennial Traveler, as well as the former Editor in Chief of HerCampus UMass Amherst), Inspirations & Celebrations’ Travel Contributor, Cate Baumgartner, shares 8 compelling reasons why you should go to graduate school abroad.
Over the past decade, going to graduate school has become increasingly popular among younger generations, as they realize it’s a big step in advancing their career. Since a lot of larger corporations are helping employees pay for grad school, it makes the idea of studying abroad even more compelling. If you’ve ever considered heading overseas to get your degree, this is a must-read for you.
1. It doesn’t take as long to earn your degree when you go abroad
Graduate programs in the U.S. take a minimum of two years, but it’s common to spend half that time studying in other parts of the world. While getting a master’s degree in a year can be intense, you’ll be well-prepared to jump right into the real world, and…
2. Going to graduate school abroad is often much cheaper
Higher education comes at a notoriously high cost in the United States. While students in the U.S. pay an average of $40,000 for their master’s degree, an international student in the UK will pay about $19,000. Better yet, many German universities are tuition-free, even if you come from across the Atlantic.
3. Going to graduate school abroad gives you a chance to meet people from all over the world
It gives you the opportunity to be surrounded by people from different cultures, continents, beliefs and backgrounds. This adds to your educational experience in so many ways, and will have a positive impact on who you are both personally and professionally.
4. Going to graduate school abroad enables you to learn about your industry from a different perspective
If you have only studied in the U.S. you may not realize that other countries approach your field or job very differently. This lets you decide what America does well and what needs improvement, and gives you a well-rounded, insightful approach moving forward.
5. It improves your prospects for employment
U.S. employers love to see international experience on your resume. In today’s global world, proof that you can adjust to a brand new setting and are comfortable interacting with people from other cultures is really important.
6. You learn more about yourself when you go to graduate school abroad
There is no quicker or better way to learn about yourself than to pick up and move to a new country alone. It sounds scary, but gives you the opportunity to recognize strengths, weaknesses and how you react to situations that you never even imagined.
7. It gives you the chance to learn another language
If you think your options are limited to English-speaking countries, think again. Many countries throughout the world now offer programs taught entirely in English. However, you can capitalize on the chance to learn or perfect the local language.
8. If you have to go to grad school, you may as well live someplace new and exciting
When else are you going to have the chance to live abroad? If you decide to go to graduate school, why not make it a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience? Getting to call another country home is an amazing opportunity—take advantage.
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Travel Contributor: Cate Baumgartner
As a travel and adventure enthusiast, Cate Baumgartner is currently an international publishing grad student in London, in addition to the blog manager for Sarah Swell Jewelry, a linguist, and the former Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus UMass Amherst. She also shares her traveling tips and advice on her blog, A Millennial Traveler. As a travel contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Cate shares travel tips and advice for going abroad, to inspire your sense of wanderlust and global exploration.
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