Receiving Master’s Degree Abroad: What Benefits Does It Offer?

The most crucial moment in the life of all university graduates has come – theses defense. Employment and application of acquired skills in practice are ahead. But what if there is a desire to deepen knowledge by continuing education? The answer suggests itself: to enrol in a Master’s degree programme.

The easiest way is to enter a Master’s degree programme of a “native” domestic university with already familiar teachers, learning conditions, and the educational environment in general. However, an increasing number of graduates now make a decision to enhance their educational and qualification level in a foreign educational institution, usually in Europe. This is caused by a number of obvious advantages that a European Master’s degree diploma offers.

For Those Who Want to Be One Step Ahead

Master’s degree programmes in European universities are a choice of university graduates and experienced businessmen who want to keep pace with the times, supplementing their domestic education with advanced knowledge and practical experience at the international level. Training in a foreign Master’s degree programme is not only a great way to replenish the knowledge base, but also an opportunity to move up the career ladder and even totally change the field of activity.

Thanks to the availability of advanced training and research facilities, as well as constant serious public investment in the educational process, foreign universities offer a huge number of high-quality Master’s degree programmes in any field, including those that are not available in other universities around the world. Graduates of a European university have an absolute advantage in the job market and are in demand by employers around the world. Prestige, reputation and traditions, accumulated over decades, will make a name for the holder of such diploma long before he/she personally comes for an interview. During the studies, students receive highly specialized knowledge in the chosen sphere. Moreover, students have an opportunity to practice in real companies that cooperate with their university. In general, focusing on the practical side of professional training is a priority for European universities.

An Extensive Range of Options

Entrants have an opportunity to both continue their education in compliance with their Bachelor’s degree major and obtain a second diploma in the related profession. It is important to pay attention to the terms of documents submission. To date, the enrolment campaign for the 2018/2019 academic year in many European universities has already been finished. However, there is no reason for despair. For example, Slovenia’s educational institutions offer around forty Master’s degree programmes. The quality of education in Slovenia is no worse than in the recognized educational institutions of the Old and the New Worlds. The acceptance of documents in many Slovenian educational institutions will continue until the end of September.

It should be noted that the specific feature of the Slovenian universities is the absence of entrance examinations for the majority of study programmes (except for those programmes that require estimation of creative abilities). Besides, as a rule, there is no need to provide certificates for the knowledge of English and Slovenian. Studying on a Master’s degree programme in Slovenian universities takes two years. A student can study full time or part time (evening-time education).

Minimum Investment – Maximum Return

It should be noted that the universities of Slovenia participate in the international student exchange programmes known all over the world, such as Erasmus. While studying in Slovenia, students are granted a residence permit with the right to work. Thanks to the residence permit, Slovenian students can travel freely around Europe, while discounts on transportation, meals and cultural and entertainment events are a welcome bonus to the above. There is no need to worry about the availability of time for travelling given the intensive study process and work. All students have surely enough time for this. After all, Slovenia is located in the centre of Europe, and it is quite real to visit, for example, Austria or Italy on the weekends.

Studying on a foreign Master’s degree programme after graduation from a domestic university is perhaps the best option for a person who wants to get the maximum benefit for minimum funds. Tuition fees in Slovenian universities are not as high as they are supposed to be, and may even be significantly lower than the amount that will be required for training in some domestic universities. Especially if to take into account that students have to pay not for all the years of study abroad, starting with the first year at university, but only for the 2 years of a Master’s degree programme. At the same time, they receive a European Master’s degree diploma (which, by the way, is valued higher than a Bachelor’s degree diploma), as well as a number of opportunities:

  1. obtaining education under a study programme, which is not offered in domestic universities;
  2. expanding and deepening previously acquired knowledge;
  3. acquiring useful professional contacts abroad;
  4. passing a foreign internship;
  5. improving competitiveness in finding employment in their home countries;
  6. learning at least 2 foreign languages.

It is important to note that a Master’s degree programme in Slovenian universities is considered to be the second stage of higher education. The highest level is a PhD degree programme, which takes up to 4 years. Therefore, for those inquisitive students who have a penchant for research and ambition to realize themselves in the field of science, Master’s degree is a necessary stage in the future career of a scientist. And for all those students, both practitioners and theoreticians, without exception, Master’s degree is a ticket to a prosperous professional future!

Yulduz Azamova

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