In many ways, Masters degrees are often seen as a golden opportunity to study abroad. While building up on your Bachelors, or switching to an additional area of your interest, you also get the chance of considering a completely new study destination. And that is not only because of the considerably shorter programme duration of most Masters degrees – between 1 and 2 years - but also due to the many benefits of becoming an international student.
More than anything, you can choose to study in a new language different from your native one. Nowadays, English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and a few more have established as common languages of instruction, but there is no need to limit yourself there. For example, you could consider the Scandinavian area and opt for something unique – as long as you are not simply looking to improve your existing language skills with a chosen Masters course.
Furthermore, by stepping into the shoes of an international student, you can begin experiencing a whole new culture within a given country abroad, and benefit from a distinct higher education system. Speaking of that, there is now a great level of competitiveness between universities within a single country, continent and the world, with each representing their own advantage. Many European universities, for example, are now either low or no cost while remaining top-ranked for their study delivery as displayed by ranking sources such as Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings and QS Top Universities.
Last but not least, a Masters abroad certainly looks great when seen on a CV, especially for certain professional areas with a broad, international focus. For this particular point, the fact that Masters degrees are becoming more internationally recognisable certainly helps, given that awards such as “Master of Arts” or “Master of Science” have become standard. And before you check out some potential Masters destinations that might interest you, it is worth mentioning that a study abroad is also a big step towards enhancing your personal growth and often a giant leap for improving your potential.
In the lists below, you can find a selection of Masters guides that can help you with your choice for studying abroad:
Perhaps you may have heard about the 48 countries currently part of the EHEA, or European Higher Education Area, all aiming to promote more easily accessible, high-quality and globally competitive higher education systems across Europe. The Bologna Process directly affects each participating country, promoting a study cycle of three levels – Bachelor, Master and Doctoral studies. Even more importantly, it aids the recognition of qualifications acquired after a university study abroad while also implementing a standard for quality assurance.
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