Thinking of doing postgraduate study overseas?

Common reasons for studying overseas
  • Learning or improving language skills
  • Gaining cultural awareness
  • Making contacts for future employment
  • Doing a course not available in the UK
  • Cheaper fees 
Consider carefully what you hope to gain from studying in another country, in some cases the fees may be cheaper but you need to be sure that this course of study will take you closer to your career goals.
 
These are our FAQs
 
Where can I find out more about studying overseas?
No matter where in the world you would like to study, the Prospects country profile information will guide you in finding out what courses are available, where you can study, and when you should apply.  You should also check out our working overseas pages – each one has a section on study options too.

Can I study in English?
Many students want to study for a Masters degree in an English speaking country, with the USA, Canada and Australia being the most popular destinations. 

If you are interested in studying in the USA, the Fulbright Commission is the official source of information on applying to American universities. To find information on the courses available in Canada, visit the Canadian Information Centre website, and Graduate Careers Australia is the place to learn more about studying down under.

For students wanting to study in English a little closer to home, there are an increasing number of Masters degree courses that are taught in English in countries such as Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Finland.

What will it cost?
The costs associated with attending university will include tuition fees as well as accommodation, transport, food, books, supplies, and personal living expenses. These costs can vary widely from country to country as well as between different universities in the same country.

Tuition fees in several European countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany are traditionally low and international students can often benefit from the same low rates afforded to local students.

Tuition fees in the USA and Canada are generally much higher than in Europe but financial aid may be available from individual universities to offset these costs – check the universities websites for details. 

Information on the cost of living can often be found on universities webpages – check the pages relating to fees and funding. This information is also available through the Prospects country profile information, together with labour market information on the strength of the local jobs market which is particularly useful if you plan to look for part-time work as a student.

If you are applying for graduate schemes in the UK or another country while you study –  do you have the funds to fly home several times for interviews and assessment centres?

Will the course be equivalent to a UK Masters degree? 
There is no universally accepted system of recognition of degree qualifications and each country has their own system for recognising overseas qualifications. If you are considering higher study in the UK (such as studying for a PhD) or applying for membership of a professional body then you should check with the university or professional body that your proposed Masters qualification is acceptable. 

In addition to reassuring yourself of the value of the qualification you are seeking, you should also check whether the support provided and facilities offered by the universities you are considering are equivalent to those available in the UK.

Checklist

  • Check the university websites for information on teaching contact time, library, IT and laboratory facilities.
  • Find out about support available in finding accommodation, plus sports and social facilities.
  • Find out about the university culture and learning environment – you may be expected to be far more immersed in university life in some countries.
  • Is there a careers service – what do they help with? Is it free?
  • Are you eligible to work while you study? What barriers might there be to working in another country – language, local economy?
  • Is there an option to do work placements as part of your course – will the university help you find one?
  • Can you work in that country after you graduate? Check visa requirements for the USA these are very strict and you may not be permitted to study if they think you plan to stay on illegally afterwards.
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