The process for applying to graduate schools abroad, in most cases, will be the same as applying in the US. You will need to complete an entrance exam (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT), fill out an application, submit letters of recommendation, and in some cases you will also need to submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Click here for more information on the graduate school application process.
It is important to carefully research schools that you are interested in applying to. In some countries a 'Masters' degree is only a one year program and different from what we would consider a 'Masters' degree in the United States. This is extremely important if you would be getting certified in an area such as Law, Education or plan on continuing your studies towards a PhD once returning to the States.
- Are there certain certifications for your program that would not be fulfilled abroad?
- What language(s) can you study in?
- Will your degree be recognized in the US if you continue study for a Ph.D.?
- Where is the school accredited?
- When was it established?
- Which courses are offered?
- Who teaches the courses?
The cost of graduate school abroad is comparable to the cost of programs in the US. In some countries tuition is free (Scandinavian countries), however, international students are unable to work in many of these countries; your living expenses need to be considered as well.
- Would you need/receive financial aid? (If the school isn’t recognized by FAFSA, you will also have to start paying back your current student loans)
- What is the cost of tuition and fees? Is it a different fee for international students?
- What is the cost of living?
- Will you be legally permitted to work?
- Is transportation an issue?
Deciding where to go is a difficult task and will take time and research.
- Have you been to this location?
- What’s the language of instruction? What’s the national language? (These may differ.)
- What is the structure of higher education in this particular country?
- What's the size of the university?
- Is the school an International School? (This matters, if one of your goals is immersion.)
- Have you considered a Dual Degree Program?