Choosing the right university for your Master’s degree abroad is not as easy as you think and might take longer than you expected. Even if you already have an idea or know for sure what you want to do in the future, there are many factors you should consider before making a decision about which degree you should pursue.
But, don't worry! We have a few essential suggestions that will help you narrow down your list of universities and Master's programmes. Or maybe you're looking for an international Bachelor's.
1. Choose the best destination for your field of study
When you know what you want to study, the next step is to see which country is best to choose. If you are interested in majors like economics, biology, engineering, medicine etc., you should do some research on the best-ranked universities, by subject.
Certain destinations are obvious choices for certain disciplines, such as:
- Germany for Engineering
- Italy for Arts
- The UK for Psychology
- France for Fashion Design
- France, Italy or Switzerland for Luxury Cuisine
2. Cover the cost of your studies
The cost of your studies is another factor to take into account before making your final decision. Most universities have tuition fees. If you or your parents can afford them, it is not a problem. If not, there are ways to fund your studies such as scholarships if you have good grades, student loans, student jobs.
Check out some of the most affordable EU countries for international students.
In some countries such as Germany and Nordic countries like Denmark, Norway and Sweden, public universities don’t charge tuition fees. However, you still have to take into account the living costs, so it’s important to make an estimate of your overall study expenses.
Have a look at the tuition and living costs in these top international destinations:
3. Meet language requirements for admission
An important aspect you should check is the language proficiency requirements set by your chosen university. Mainly, you need to make sure that your language level will allow you to study at that university. Most universities in non-English speaking countries have a wide offer of English-taught degrees that you didn't even know existed. Here's a list of countries that offer the largest number of English-taught degrees.
IELTS, TOEFL, and C1 Advanced are the most popular English language tests for international students that prepare for a study degree abroad. To get top English language preparation for your university admission, check out these IELTS test centres worldwide. Even if you don't have the highest English test score results for the IELTS or TOEFL, that doesn't mean you can't get into a top quality English-taught Master. You just have to find the ones that require lower IELTS or TOEFL results and we have some perfect examples for you:
- Computer Science degrees accepting lower IELTS
- European Business schools accepting lower IELTS
- Engineering degrees accepting lower IELTS
- UK universities accepting lower TOEFL
4. Get informed about the recognition of your academic qualifications
Your completed Bachelor's degree might not be fully recognised everywhere in the world. So make sure you know if and how you have to equivalate your previous studies if you want to study in a certain country. How much of your degree you need to adapt to the new education system also depends on the discipline you plan to study. Here are a few cases in which students may need to undertake a preparation course like a pre-Master to be accepted in an international university with a different academic system from the one you graduated for your Bachelor:
- Students from a non-EU country who want to study in the EU. Check out pre-Masters in Europe.
- International students who want to study in the U.S. or Canada. Check out pre-Masters in North America.
- International students who want to study in Australia. Check out pre-Masters in Australia.
If you're a national of an EU-country and you want to study in a different country in the European Union, all your previous qualifications will be recognised. So all you need to worry about is finding the right English-taught Master's degree in the EU:
- Masters in Germany
- Masters in the Netherlands
- Masters in Denmark
- Masters in Ireland
- Masters in France
- Masters in Spain
- Masters in Italy
5. Choose a university in a big city or a smaller one?
If you go to a university in a big city or a metropolis, you’ll benefit from many advantages. That can mean finding a job easily, travelling without big inconveniences, getting easy access to banks, post offices, the city centre, and a lot of cultural activities, etc. Another aspect to definitely take into account is the nightlife of the location. If you're a party animal it's likely you won't feel entertained in a more remote location.
In smaller cities, there will be fewer nightclubs and bars than in the central ones. For some students, this might be a relief from too many distractions during their studies.
Check out great info about smaller, lesser-known cities:
- Study in Antwerpen, Belgium
- Study in Swansea, the UK
- Study in Uppsala, Sweden
- Study in Tampere, Finland
- Study in Brno, the Czech Republic
Or consider going to study in these bustling metropolises:
Start applying to your dream international university!
Now you can make a top 5, or top 10 list of your preferred international universities, based on prioritising the points mentioned above.
You can now apply with Studyportals to one of our partner universities abroad. You can apply whenever you want, and it won't cost you anything. Check the available Masters and see which of the degrees match your background and interests.
Start the application process by filling in your student profile. You will soon get contacted by one of our application counsellors who will assist you further. We’ll then apply on your behalf. Find out more about applying to a Master's degree with Studyportals.