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Graduate Studies Abroad
Graduate School: At Home or Abroad?
Is the continuation of your academic career your next step? If you're thinking about going to graduate school, your first two steps should be to talk to your academic adviser and pay a visit to your campus career center. They will help you to learn how to identify programs that match your interests and goals and get you started in the application process.
If you're thinking about going to graduate school abroad, there are several things to consider in the application process. First of all, pinpoint what you want to study. Next, determine which schools offer the best programs. (This is where your faculty adviser can be of particular assistance.) How will you finance your studies? U.S. federal aid and loans may not be available for all programs overseas. Whatever you decide, you'll first have to deal with taking the entry exams, which are offered every few months. These tests may not be required by schools overseas, but it is still a good idea to take them now while your schooling is fresh, just in case your plans change to include a graduate program in the U.S. To find out when your particular test is being offered, stop by Career Services. Also, the Princeton Review keeps an excellent Web site with information on graduate school exams.
Study, work, internships or research abroad are commonly integrated into U.S.-based graduate degree programs, and students often use the opportunity to return to their study abroad country or explore a different one. We recommend planning your international experience early in your graduate degree program in order to make sure that the work you do overseas relates directly to your degree requirements. The International Programs Office offers graduate-level internships through IE3 Global Internships to students in the Oregon University System. Consult our Web site for a full list of available opportunities. There is no cookie-cutter approach to graduate study abroad and you are encouraged to talk with your academic advisers, peers, professors, the graduate program that you are considering and Career Services staff to determine the right opportunity for you.
For students who studied an Asian language and wish to continue after they graduate visit the Blakemore Foundation.