According to a survey, there are at least 4.3 million students who are not studying in their home country. Or in other words, they study abroad. More than half of these students are from Asian countries. Where do they go to college? According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the most popular destination countries for students who study abroad are Australia, England, Switzerland, New Zealand and Austria.
So, the main reviews when it comes to studying abroad are the reason why should they study abroad and how they prepare to study abroad. Let’s we describe answers to the following answers for you to get a clear understanding of why and how to study abroad.
Main Reasons that Encourage People to Study Abroad
The vice president of the USA’s Institute of International Education (IIE), Daniel Obst, said that; “All the students who want to succeed in the global economy must study abroad,” in the United States. Because “Companies are looking for graduates who can work in multinational teams who can speak multiple languages and be able to work easily across different time zones, and who have the flexibility and adaptability which gained from living abroad.”
So, studying abroad isn’t only for the sake of the future work prospect. A research shows that the experience of living in a foreign country makes us more flexible, creative, and be able to think in a complex way. This makes us easier to cope with life’s challenges.
How to Study Abroad for a Postgraduate Degree
Are you a graduate student or just graduated who plan to study abroad for a postgraduate degree? Or, perhaps you are even a parent who has a husband or wife along with your child and wants to study abroad. The following seven steps are the things you should when you need to prepare to study abroad for a postgraduate degree.
1. What You Will Need Mostly
You need to study independently to be able to take care of yourself when studying away from your home country. You will study in a completely different place and you might also use a different language for daily conversation. So, at least you can speak a foreign language especially the language of a country you are headed to. Being prepared for the language will make you be able to communicate there.
2. How Long You Must Prepare
You should get started to prepare as soon as you decide to go to study abroad. Because it takes time to qualify for registration such as taking GMAT or GRE admission test. It means, before you apply for a postgraduate program, you need to prepare for a GMAT test or other specific postgraduate programs require you to take a GRE test. Furthermore, most MBA programs require you to have a 2-years work experience in a management level position and some schools require more than 2 years. Then, create your student visa and other preparations, especially if you want to take a scholarship or other financial help. Search for the information about the college, courses, admission requirements, how to apply, or the scholarship (if any). So, make sure you have sufficient time to prepare to study abroad.
c. Searching for the Information
You will find various study programs out there which they varying based its difficulty level and how long the normal time span you will need to come through. Most of the postgraduate programs are delivered in English, even in Germany though. There are also postgraduate programs that allow you to earn a double degree from one or two different educational institutions at once.
In the UK, you can complete a master program in one year while in other countries mostly takes two years. At the University of Cambridge, an MBA can be completed in 12 months at a cost of around £49,000. While the cost is double if you complete an MBA at Harvard University in America at a normal time.
You might not meet the admission requirements to enter a postgraduate program abroad. But it doesn’t mean that you cannot go to study abroad. You can take a preparation course first before proceeding to a master program. The term for this preparatory program is varying. Some countries call as a pre-university program, and other countries may call it as a pathway program or bridging program.
4. Find out Whether You Can Transfer Your Credits
Postgraduate students may transfer credits, such as studying for a semester at a university in your home country and take the remaining credits from another school abroad. Thus, besides you will have an experience in studying a master program in your home country, you will also get an experience and knowledge from an international level master program abroad.
5. Setting Up the Studying Costs
You will need to prepare the money if you want to study abroad. Getting a master or Doctor degree abroad isn’t always expensive. For example, the tuition in most Europe countries is relatively cheaper than other countries.
In addition to the tuition fee, it’s absolutely necessary to prepare you living expenses budget. Instead, you may also want to have a part-time job or online jobs for college students while taking a postgraduate degree. Working while studying is a good idea as long as it doesn’t interfere with your effective study times. Foregoing, you need to learn the rules and conditions for college while taking part-time jobs in your destination country.
6. Health Insurance
If you plan to study abroad in the UK, USA, or Australia, the schools there require their international students to have health insurance. Usually, the university will recommend their international students for some health insurance options. But if you already have a health insurance of your choice which can also be used overseas, you are no longer need to get a new health insurance out there.
7. Take the Advantages of the Communication Technology
Today’s studying abroad is completely different from 20 years ago. Students who study abroad are much easier now to stay in touch with their family or best friends in their home country. You can talk to your daughter through Skype, Whatsapp, or other video call apps while having a dinner. Put your laptop on the dining table and talk to your family as if they are sitting at the table while eating together.
Parents will certainly feel worried and think about their children who live far away in their home country. However, it is not recommended to bind your children too much. Whatever the situation, they will also need to be independent to learn to become a more mature individual. Children need to be encouraged to blend in with local life, get to know new friends, no new things to have more insights.
Students should try and adapt and integrate with the local culture. So, when you study abroad, you shouldn’t keep staying in front of your computer to chat with your friends in your hometown. This way will improve yourself by having a real experience abroad in terms of everyday life. In which, your overseas experience is a valuable thing which you will share with the others or be asked by people in your home country.