With Good Plans, Studying in Other Countries is a Very Advantageous and Possible Idea.
LatinAmerican Post | Moisés Campos
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Knowing what are the key aspects for going to study abroad will help you plan this important decision in the best way. The points that you will learn below apply if you are going to study a master's degree in another country, a language course or take a vocational course.
Tips for studying abroad
Below, you will find some tips to study abroad that will be essential for you to enjoy that experience.
- Select the most convenient destination to study abroad
Not every destination is ideal for every traveler. It is essential to take into account aspects such as the budget and the characteristics of the climate. Therefore, it is recommended to search for as much information as possible about the site you want to go to study and see if it aligns with your personal interests.
- Choose a course that suits your real needs
Find out about the courses available to study in the country of your interest, and seek the necessary advice to make this a good experience. To this end, there are companies responsible for providing help to students, safely and responsibly.
- Prepare to live with people from all over the world
Once you leave your country, you must be aware that you will live with many new people, with different cultures, languages and customs. For it to be a pleasant experience, you need to open your mind, be patient and learn to respect differences, as well as the habits of others.
- Know the place that will be your new home
The place that is welcoming you will be your new home, so you should take all the time you need to explore your new city and get to know every corner of it. Thus, you will be able to find out where to find a job while abroad or how to get to your study center.
Differences between official master's degree and University-specific Master's degree
These terms are often confused, however, there are certain differences between them, which you should know in order to decide which is the option that best suits your interests.
Validations of the title
This is the main difference. An official master's degree is taught by a university, and is also recognized by state entities. This means that they can be validated in many countries that have agreements with each other.
The University-specific Master's degree is usually organized by private training schools or companies. Therefore, in some countries this title may not be approved. However, in the private sector, private titles are well recognized.
Admission or registration requirements
To be admitted to an official master's degree, it is necessary to have a completed university undergraduate degree. On the other hand, for University-specific Masters, the university has the power to request or not the undergraduate university degree as a requirement for admission.
Faculty and professors
The requirements regarding the teaching staff are stricter in the official master's degrees, since these must have a high percentage of accredited professors. The University-specific Master's degrees generally incorporate the team of trainers, teachers from other universities and expert professionals in the sector such as managers and entrepreneurs, among others.
Financing and prices
The official master's degrees have public and private financing, therefore, they are cheaper. University-specific Master's degrees are basically financed with the tuition paid by the student, which is why their price is higher than the official one.
Orientation of each type of master's degree
It is important to consider that an official master's degree is oriented towards research. The master's degree itself is focused on functionality and its practical application.
Qualification for public and/or private jobs
If your ultimate goal is to be employed in the public sector, you should only choose an official master's degree. On the other hand, for the private companies, it is irrelevant whether the title is official or University-specific Master.
Process to apostille the title
Having the necessary documentation to study abroad is essential. Try to put all your documents in order from the moment you start planning to study abroad so that you carry them with you at all times. These procedures will be the difference between leading a quiet life and having problems with the law.
It is necessary to apostille the title to give it international validity. In each country the procedure is different, the entities in charge of education or the Foreign Ministry can do it. For this, it is required to present specific documentation that is generally regulated by the public administrations of the country that issues the title. In most cases, the Ministries of Justice or Foreign Affairs.
To carry out this process, the following steps must be followed:
- Request a shift to present the documentation to be apostilled. In addition, you have to pay the cost of management.
- Withdraw the apostilled documentation within the period established by the body in charge.
- If you need the documentation to be translated, you must hire the services of a certified public translator in the required language.
- In this way, you can present the document to whom it corresponds.
There are academic institutions that are in charge of doing the entire apostille process. In this way, the student will not have to carry out any process after obtaining their degree.
Through these keys to go to study abroad, you will be able to make the decision that best suits you in your professional development and, in addition, you will be able to organize and plan in the best way what you must do to take this transcendental step.