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Study Abroad: Ten Reasons to Do Grad School Abroad (page 4)

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Jul 7, 2011

Studying French in France

Where better to study Celtic civilization than Ireland or Scotland? Or get your master's in French literature in France? Earn your PhD in Chinese culture in Beijing! Don't these suggestions seem to make sense? As long as you speak the native language, then go to the country in question if you're looking to do graduate work on a specific cultural or regional subject. In doing so, you'll probably rub elbows with more than one expert in the field. Furthermore, the opportunity to do field research or take field trips to locations pertinent to your studies is not to be missed!

Avoiding Pesky Grad School Admissions Tests

Fear of standardized tests? Are you just a poor test taker? Well, if any of the College Board's graduate admissions tests have got you down or are proving to be a large obstacle to attaining your grad school goals, consider going to a school that does not require any of these tests. Your best bet of finding a school that doesn't care about U.S. grad school test scores is going to be outside the U.S. Other countries don't have a college board equivalent. Many abroad graduate programs place a heavy emphasis on your undergraduate academic record, references, and completed research in your proposed field (For example, did you write a senior thesis in college?).

Some schools are on to this little trick and may ask for your test scores (business schools are the worst offenders and often ask U.S. applicants for their GMAT scores), so this isn't a foolproof strategy.

Opening Doors for Working Abroad

If your ultimate goal is to permanently live or work abroad, then graduate school is a good avenue to getting your foot in the door. Looking for a job abroad is exceedingly difficult if you're living in the U.S. Going to grad school in the country of your dreams is one way to get into the country so that eventually you can apply for permanent residence. Graduate school in another country also helps you make connections for when you finish your degree. Another option that you may have the luxury to pursue as a graduate student is unpaid internships. Spending ten hours a week working for free in a company could eventually lead to a permanent job.

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