Steps to Grad School Abroad

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1. Talk with your advisor or counselor. Discuss with your academic advisor your interest in getting a degree abroad. Your academic advisor can help advise you on how to choose and apply to foreign universities.

2. Consider the pros and cons. Make a list of the pros and cons of earning your degree abroad. How does the cost compare to attending a university in the U.S.? How much time are you willing to spend away from your friends and family? Will a degree abroad help you with my your goals? Thinking about the advantages and disadvantages will help you decide if getting your degree abroad is right for you.

3. Search for graduate schools overseas: Find universities that offer the graduate programs that you are interested in.

4. Plan a visit: If you are able to plan campus visit, it can prove to be quite beneficial. It helps to see the campus environment, meet other students as well as sit in on a class to really get a sense of what the program will entail.

5. Find out about GPA and entrance exam requirements. In order to apply to some foreign universities, you may need to take certain entrance exams. Check with each university you are interested in for information on which exams, if any, you will need to take. Also inquire about the GPA requirement.

6. Research the country. Research the country that you’re interested in going. Learn about the education system and potential career opportunities after you graduate.

7. Research financial aid. There are lots of scholarships and loans that can help you fund your education abroad. In addition, you may be able to use your federal financial aid abroad. In certain countries, such as the UK, your federal aid is transferable.

8. Apply. Apply to the universities of your choice. Each university will have its own requirements and deadlines, so make sure you know about these in advance.

9. Student Visa requirement: Find out if a student visa is required for you to attend school in the country you’ve chosen. If it is, find out what the requirements are. In addition, it would be beneficial if you researched the work regulations for someone with a student visa, which will help when searching for internships since you will know what hours you are able to work.

10. Prepare to go abroad. There’s still a lot to do before your departure. If you haven’t done so already:

  • Get your passport and visa. Make sure you apply for your visa early!! It would be quite unfortunate to have to delay your trip due to visa issues.  
  • Learn how to protect your health and safety abroad. Talk to your physician about which shots are required and also ask about health insurance while you are abroad. 
  • Arrange your flights and other transportation. 
  • Pack. 
  • Take care of personal business. Such as calling credit/debit card companies to let them know you will be taking your card abroad. 

For additional information about how to prepare for your time abroad, visit the US Student Gateway website. The website provides a comprehensive list of steps you should take before leaving the country and resources available to you while you are overseas.


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