5 Reasons You Should Get Your Grad Degree Abroad

As someone who has completed a master’s degree program abroad and lived to tell the tale, I’m now at a place where I can reflect and decide what I would do differently if I were to go back and do it again. I am so grateful that I was able to complete my practicum experience abroad in Mexico, but looking back, it would’ve been even better to spend even more time abroad. This list will help you decide if pursuing your own graduate degree abroad is the best path for higher education.

1. Your Resume Will Stand Out.

If you’re investing the time and money required to attend graduate school, you’re probably thinking long and hard about your future career. Yes, advanced degrees will likely help your resume get to the top of the pile, but an international degree can take it even further. Not only will you be immersing yourself in a foreign language, but you’ll be gaining cross-cultural skills like nobody’s business. A global education is the perfect hat trick for employability in a global economy.

2. You’ll Expand Your Network.

A grad degree abroad will immediately and exponentially expand your network on a global scale. If you’re interested in international graduate programs, chances are that you’re interested in working abroad too (that wanderlust never goes away!). If you spend a year or two getting a degree abroad in your field, you’ll be paving the way to a job abroad too.

3. It’s Another Excuse To Go Abroad!

And who doesn’t need another reason to go abroad? This one kind of explains itself, but doing a degree program abroad is another great justification to spend an extended period of time in another country — something that is music to the ears of anyone who’s been bit by the travel bug.

4. See Your Field From a Different Point of View.

Sure, you studied business at your university in the U.S., but how do they view the same principles and implement practices in say, Sweden or China? Companies of all backgrounds are becoming increasingly internationalized every year, and to understand your field with a true international perspective is priceless. A fresh perspective never hurt anybody!

5. Save Some Money!

Money is always a factor when looking at grad schools, nobody wants to add to their student debt, but programs in the U.S. often come with a hefty price tag. If you look for opportunities abroad instead, you could be looking at saving a sweet chunk of change. While a program in Europe could cost you only a few thousand dollars, remember to factor in the higher cost of living as well. Overall though, you’d be surprised at how affordable it can be!

Stephanie-PundAuthor: Stephanie Pund

After working as a travel advisor with STA Travel (and traveling all over the world!), Stephanie received her master’s degree in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute. During that time, she worked with SIT Study Abroad, and spent six months working with the Center for Global Education at their center in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She continued in the field, working with ISA on customized faculty-led programs before becoming the Opportunities Abroad Program Manager at BridgeAbroad.

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