Postgraduate Study

Guide to Post-grad study abroad

Are you thinking about heading abroad for post-grad study? We consider what you need to know before making your decision.

Have you thought about studying for a post-grad degree outside of the UK?

Gaining a new qualification in a foreign country is something that’s worth some serious consideration, but we understand that the whole thing can seem a little bit overwhelming and possibly even confusing. It doesn’t have to be!

What are the benefits?

  • post grad positivesYou’ll get to experience a new country and a new culture. If travel sounds like a tempting opportunity, but you also want to gain further qualifications, post-grad study can offer the best of both worlds.
  • It could be a valuable addition to your CV. Not only are you furthering your learning, but you’re also proving that you can stand on your own two feet in a new place.
  • You could learn a new language. Many institutions teach courses in English, but when you’re immersed in another culture, it’s much easier to learn than lingo.
  • You might save a significant amount of cash. Depending on where you study, the course fees could be less than half of what you’d pay back in the UK.
  • A leading professor may lecture in another country. If there is a top lecturer in your chosen subject that you want to learn from then you may have to study abroad.
  • You may want to carry out research abroad. If you did Geography for example and wanted to study a Volcano in Italy then it may make sense to go and study there.

What are the negatives?

  • post grad negativesTrying to organise study abroad, including finding somewhere to live, can be much more stressful than making the same arrangements at home.
  • There’s no opportunity to move back in with your parents to save some money.
  • Not all qualifications will be recognised when you come back to the UK. You need to do your research to ensure you’re not wasting valuable time doing something that won’t further your career.
  • Your costs could be much higher. As an international student, you’ll sometimes find that fees are higher than students from that country, and you’ll also have to take care of additional expenses such as visas and insurance.
  • It may take longer. Typically a masters degree abroad can take up to 5 years as opposed to 3 or 4 in the UK.

What to expect

Can you get the same qualification?

The quality of courses on offer abroad is varied, so there’s no definitive answer to this one. While you’re looking at your options, make sure that you check whether the institutions that you’re considering are accredited, and take a look at where they place in league tables.

You could end up with a fantastic qualification from one of the world’s leading universities in your field, but don’t just assume that the standards will be high everywhere.

If you’re looking at professional qualifications, make sure they’re accepted back in the UK.

How much will it cost?

cost of post gradTuition fees overseas vary massively, sometimes even within the same country. As an EU citizen, you’ll usually be eligible for the same fees as domestic students, which is often heavily subsidised by the state.

As an example, a Masters course in the UK can cost upwards of £4,000 per year, but fees in the Netherlands are less than £1,500 per year.

On the other hand, if you’re planning to leave the EU, you’ll be classed as an international student. This often results in much higher fees. It’s important that you contact the university in question to get an exact figure.

To help you out, there are numerous ways to secure funding. Of course, it will all depend on where in the world you choose to study. Some funds and scholarships are exclusive to certain institutions, so be sure to check what’s available at the university you have in mind.

In addition, organisations such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of MBAs, and the Fulbright Commission can also help you to make arrangements in terms of covering your tuition costs.

Bear in mind that tuition fees will often just be the tip of the iceberg. You’ll also need to consider accommodation, food, travel, text books and other learning resources, and health insurance. Do some research into what these might be in your chosen country.

What else do I need to know?

questionWe really can’t stress just how important it is to do your research when it comes to post-grad study abroad. You’ve made the first step by reading through this article but it doesn’t stop there.

The qualification you’ll earn, the amount you’ll pay, and even the lifestyle you can expect to lead will vary greatly depending on where you want to go and what you want to study. Before you make any big decisions, take some time to find out about your options and make sure that you have the full picture.

Detailed guides to specific countries

Post Grad Around the worldThere are guides to studying abroad in each seperate country and you may even know which one you are keen to visit already.

We have scoured the net to compile a detailed list of resources for most of the major countries across the globe.

Top Guides and Information Websites


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