There are various reasons to study abroad for a master’s degree. If that be; Crossing borders to exchange ideas, research or to make new connections.
We will explore the reasons why you should study abroad for a masters degree and will explore why studying abroad for a masters reap significant benefits.
Before exploring why I chose to study my masters abroad, I will briefly mention the reasons why I have chosen to study abroad in Asia this coming September in the first place.
In the first year of my undergraduate, I attended one of the generic ‘Study Abroad Fairs’ hosted by my University.
Initially, my thoughts consisted of: ‘I just want to graduate and get a job…I do not want to study abroad or study for a master’s degree.’
However, after talking with a variety of students and listening to their personal experiences of studying abroad, my attitude changed.
'Why study for a Masters Degree?'
Studying for a Masters degree is an exciting prospect and there are many reasons to consider taking a masters course, which we explore as follow:
1. Be unique
Looking at data provided by the Higher Education Student Statistics in 2018, it has been found that within the UK:
Only 22% of the working population has a master’s degree
…with only 4% of the total workforce acquiring their master’s abroad.
Being a part of the 4% of graduates is not only interesting, but also allows me to stand out from the crowd when applying for work after graduation.
2. International Opportunities Post-Graduation
Another reason why I chose to do my masters overseas was to discover the international opportunities that are increasingly available post-graduation.
I decided to study ‘International Economic Law’ in Hong Kong’s central business district.
3. Studying abroad for your master’s can be cost effective
Another reason why I decided to do my masters abroad was for economical reasons! You may be thinking, ‘Surely, studying overseas is more expensive than studying a masters at your home institutions?’ Well, that is not always the case!
I was keen to study abroad in Asia to complete my masters and I particularly wanted to study abroad in Hong Kong.
As Hong Kong is seen as the city which bridges the West with the East, studying economic law within the business district perfectly matched my degree with the location; thus studying abroad in Asia is a great match for my career prospects.
I researched the universities in Hong Kong that offered international scholarships and found three offering scholarships to international students.
I applied to all three universities, which was tedious I must say, as the process required the submission of different ‘cover letters’, ‘statement of interest letters’ as well as references by various professors from my previous university.
After five months of waiting, I got a reply from one of the universities offering me a scholarship to fund my studies and living expenses.
I believe luck played a part, however I would advise researching and applying extremely thoroughly to increase your chances of receiving the funding.
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