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The Pros and Cons of Earning a Graduate Degree Abroad

Trinity College, Cambridge University, UKYou could get earn your graduate degree at acclaimed universities like Cambridge University in England.

Did you regrettably pass up a chance to study abroad during undergrad? Or, even worse-did you study abroad once and are now just dying to hop back overseas and do it again?

More and more, recently graduated students are turning to international universities and institutions as options for obtaining advanced degrees. Maybe it is not "studying abroad" in the traditional sense (as a fun break from undergrad), but going overseas fulltime to pursue a Masters or Doctorate degree is not only becoming more common, but is also becoming more respected. Studying in the U.S. is not your only option, and it may not be the right choice for everyone!

The Pros + Cons of Earning a Graduate Degree AbroadAccording to the British Council's Student Decision Making Survey, the top three reasons students are choosing to obtain graduate degrees overseas are, 1) the potential for the higher quality of education, 2) the possibility of career improvement, and 3) to take advantage of the chance to live overseas. While graduate students want to study abroad for many of the same reasons as undergraduates, they also tend to put a greater emphasis on academic benefits.

31, 000 U.S. graduate students received credit for study abroad in 2011. Compare that to the 280, 000 international students who came to the U.S to receive their advanced degrees. It's time we even the scale!
- IIE's "Open Doors" Report

Graduate School in Berlin, GermanyIS GRADUATE SCHOOL ABROAD RIGHT FOR YOU?

The Pros + Cons of Earning a Graduate Degree Abroad

Obtaining a graduate degree is a wise investment for students interested in advancing their careers; with this degree in hand, more opportunities will become available to you, with potentially higher pay! If you're ready to make a career change, an advanced degree may help transition you into a more rewarding career. Attending graduate school can fulfill many different goals and ultimately enhance your education.

Choosing the right combination of course, college, and country will heavily influence your study abroad experience as a graduate student. Should you travel to a country that speaks a different language in hopes of learning something new or gaining more concrete linguistic experience? Or would a country that is a bit more familiar, such as other English-speaking nations, be more suitable?

While America is well-known to have some of the most prestigious schools in the world, it might be worth your while to consider some of the overseas universities for your graduate degree. According to the 2011-2012 World University Rankings report, US colleges and universities comprise 75 of the top 200 universities worldwide. That's over 100 excellent institutions out there that you may not have even considered yet!

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