Masters/MBA/PHD Admissions Abroad

Masters/MBA/PHD Admissions Abroad


Increasingly, employers are looking to recruit students with an international outlook who are aware of other cultures and have the requisite skills to work with colleagues, stakeholders and customers from around the world. Governments also recognise the importance of international study for graduates. In the Netherlands, the government is aiming to retain overseas students post-graduation and it also announced in November 2012 that it was launching a new international student loan. Singapore, since a long time had a more open approach to highly-skilled immigration, offering post-study work opportunities to its international students. Other countries like Canada, China, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand all have big plans to attract international students.

So, employers and governments agree that international study can be a good thing. Following are the benefits of doing your masters/PHD/MBA abroad :

1) It will help you expand your horizons, discover a new country and culture and enhance your personal development.

Studying abroad means living abroad and you will have to embrace an unfamiliar environment, cultural practices and traditions and perhaps also a new language. It will allow you to gain an insight in a way of life which may be radically different from your own. This is as valid a reason, as gaining an academic degree from an overseas institution.

It won’t just be people from the country you study whom you will be meeting. It is very likely that if you are an international student, there will be other students from overseas. What you will gain in studying with these students is an added cultural dimension to your studies. And, imagine how great it will be, to have international friends for life! This has more than social benefits: professional networks are incredibly valuable. You and your fellow masters students may be the future leaders of tomorrow!

Studying abroad will give you new skills such as resilience and adaptability.

2) You will be exposed to a new study environment, learning and teaching methods as well as academics who have a different perspective

The country where you have grown up, will no doubt have eminent academicains and scientists but not all the best thinkers are in the same country. What better way to broaden your knowledge than to gain ideas shaped by unique international perspectives you may not have considered before?

By going abroad, you will get to study at institutions which have an excellent reputation and education infrastructure. The best university for you may not necessarily be where you thought it was. And it goes beyond the rankings. For example, is your masters degree in a niche area not taught in your own country? Do they have experts, facilities and resources (inc. natural resources) not available back home? Is your masters degree specialising in a region? The best place to study your area-specific discipline is arguably in that country itself! Do you have an interest in American politics? Wouldn’t doing your masters in the US be a good option? Do you want to study tropical forests? Where would your masters best be done then?

Something else to consider is whether the process of applying to do your masters is less complex. For example, not all countries require entry examinations and selection are based on your academic records. If you want to avoid having to sit a GRE exam, look into European universities.

3) It will “internationalise” your CV and show you are mobile.

Many multinationals recruit all over the world and all they are interested in is that they employ the best. Seeing that you are prepared to travel, means that you may be a more attractive bet for large companies having operations worldwide. Employers are not too fussy about how you gain your experience abroad but if you want to do a full masters degree abroad, you may wish to consider gaining some experience of studying/working/volunteering abroad beforehand, for example doing an Erasmus exchange, undergraduate expedition/fieldwork, summer volunteering abroad, internship abroad. Your reason to do masters abroad, may then become going back to the country, you enjoyed the first time round.

Joint-masters are a good way to study in several countries for shorter periods of time and then to gain a masters from overseas university. 

4) You will gain language skills.

Doing a Masters abroad isn’t just for language students and whether you are looking to consolidate your English skills or learn a new language, it will be an asset during your studies, in particular, if your course involves an internship in a local company, if you are doing quantitative surveys which involve interviews or if you want a part-time job. Of course, having knowledge of foreign languages will also help you in your future job search. “Over two thirds of employers are not satisfied with the foreign language skills of young people”. While traditional European languages are appreciated by employers, some are looking further afield for example 'Mandarin'.

5) A more attractive degree duration and structure?

Perhaps there is a very simple rationale for doing a masters degree abroad? The structure of masters degrees taught in your home country doesn’t suit you. Is your aim to do your masters over a short period of time (say a year), albeit intensively? Or, do you prefer the idea of having a summer holiday during which you can do an internship or just have a break? Do you want to do your masters part-time but this isn’t really an option back home? You will find a format that suits you, but make sure you do your research. A masters degree will be similar in structure throughout the UK but this may not be the case everywhere, so don’t assume that, because one institution in your chosen destination offers an ideal structure everyone else will.

6) Your career opportunities will be enhanced

Studying abroad will make you stand out and it will also enhance your knowledge of working abroad opportunities. Career advisors in your institution will have in-depth knowledge of the local labour market and of employers in country. You may also have opportunities to meet company representatives at career fairs or at presentations during your studies or perhaps one of your coursemates has some tips on how to approach a job search in their own country. You may also be able to acquire unique internships which will enhance your CV regardless of whether you stay on in the country you did your masters from, or go somewhere else or return to your home country, where your international experience will be valued.'

Aara consultancy will help you find the correct course in an appropriate country which is best suited to you. From European nations to USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Aara consultancy will help you dig in the best decision in a student's educational life. Aara consultancy will help in :

1) Country selection and course selection based on various factors such as Feasibility, Cost, Return of investment, Future plans etc

2) Entire Application Process

3) SOP/ LOR writing 

4) VISA application process

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