Masters abroad: preps and steps

Important criteria to choose the best university for your masters

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Choosing your studies or the university to do your master degree is not as easy as you think and it takes longer than you expected. If you already have an idea or actually know what you want to do in the future and want to build a career on it later, the decision is not that difficult. But there are other factors you should consider:-

University selection

When you know your field, the next step is to see which country is best to choose. You should do a research on the ambitious universities, which are specialized in your field.

Choose central or more suburban areas

Central areas offer a wide range of opportunities. That can mean finding a job easily, whether full-time or part-time, travelling to and from there without big inconveniences, getting easy access to banks, post offices, city center etc. For some, especially young students, nightlife is a crucial aspect to consider, something, which varies from city to city. In smaller cities, there will be fewer nightclubs and bars than in the central ones. Although some find it dull and not at all exciting, for others it is a relief not having too many distractions during their studies. But everyone should choose according to their own personal likes and dislikes.

Financial aspects

The tuition fee is another fact to take into account before making your final decision. If you can afford them, it is not a problem. If not, there are ways to get the necessary amount such as scholarships. It is possible when you have good grades. Also, there are many part-time jobs for students, who want to work and study at the same time. There are also part-time study programs. It does take longer to graduate, but you can study and make some money at the same time. Of course, there are countries, which don’t demand fees in most cases, like Greece for instance. Since last year, most universities in Germany are without tuition fees.


The weather is probably the last and less important thing to think about. But if you plan for a longer period of time to live abroad, it might be something to consider, places like Finland and Sweden are unbearably cold. On the other hand, countries like Spain, Italy etc. are too warm for people coming from northern countries or not warm enough for others coming from more southern countries.


Apply in many different universities, even if you are not that interested in going. Things don’t always come the way we would like them to. You might not get accepted at the University of your First Choice, but maybe you will get in the second one. Elimination process helps you. Exclude the universities which don’t have the programs you are looking for. Start by putting the most crucial factors in an order, taking into account the priorities you want to set. For example, study program is the most important; the second one is the language or tuition fees... This may help you make a decision.

This process is sometimes hard and exhausting, but it is really worth it! Having a diploma in something you really enjoy or even love, is something huge and with big value and importance! Besides for the diploma you receive in the end, you win so much more. You learn about different cultures and have the chance to live multicultural experiences, you meet new people in your life and you see the world with a different eye than you used to in the past!




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