Graduate School Abroad

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. The following is a good article on Earning Your Graduate Degree Abroad.

It is important to do your research on the 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. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Are there certain certifications for your program that would not be fulfilled abroad? (teaching certification, law studies, etc.)
  • What language(s) can you study in?
  • Would your degree be recognized in the US if you continued study for a Ph.D.?
  • Where is the school accredited?
  • When was it established?
  • Which courses are offered?
  • Who teaches the courses?

Cost of graduate school abroad is similar to costs 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 so that need to be considered as well. Considering cost:

  • 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 always a difficult task and will take time and research. Additional things to think of:

  • Have you been to this location?
  • What’s the language of instruction? What’s the national language?  (These can differ)
  • What is the structure of higher ed in this particular country?
  • 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? (Multiple locations in which you would receive two separate degrees)

Finding a Program
Degree Abroad
Study Abroad
International Graduate
International Grad Schools
Education UK
Study in Sweden
New Zealand

Info and Rankings
International Student

Scholarships and Funding (Registration FREE)
International Scholarships
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Student Awards
Study Abroad Funding
International Student Loan
Education UK
Study Abroad Funding
Scholarship Experts
Critical Languages Scholarship

Specific Fellowship Programs
PeaceCorps Masters International
George J. Mitchell
James Madison
National Science Foundation

Additional Resources
APSIA (Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs)
ISEP Country Handbooks and ISEP (For ISEP Alumni)
UTexas Resources
Going Global