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Where Can You Find the Best MBA Programs and Graduate Schools Abroad?

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Studying abroad isn’t just for undergraduate students. In fact, doing an MBA Program or going to graduate school abroad may be even more rewarding of an experience, yielding numerous career boosting benefits that will help you turn the page onto the next chapter of your life.

In the ever increasing international business world, studying in another country can give you valuable insights into the world economy and business customs overseas.

Pursuing an advanced degree is a process full of questions. Should you earn an MBA or a different graduate degree? What will the career benefits of such a degree be? Which programs are the best fit? Where can you even find the best MBA Programs and Graduate Schools abroad?

Fear not, you aren’t alone in the process. Read on for our advice on how the QS World MBA Tour and QS World Grad School Tour can help you answer these questions and get you started with the perfect MBA or Grad School program abroad.

Why Earn Your MBA?

You’ve been out of university for a few years now and have made progress in your career through entry-level positions. You may have even received a promotion or two, helping you to successfully becoming a financially independent adult, paying off your student loans, growing your savings account and your 401k -- but you're not done yet. If you're looking to boost your career to the next level, pursuing an MBA may be the right step.

Covering subjects of accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, and operations, earning a Masters of Business Administration is your opportunity to delve deep into business strategies and analysis. It’s a flexible degree that can complement many fields and career paths. Earning an MBA can help prepare you for leadership positions, begin a new career or even give you skills to perform better in your current job.

Job opportunities for those who hold an MBA are also on the rise, recently increasing by 12% according to the latest QS TopMBA Job & Salary Trends Report. Employees with an MBA also generally make a better income and enjoy higher job security. In tough economic times such as those of today, these trends for MBA holders are invaluable.

Why Do an MBA Program Abroad?

Seeking your MBA overseas is an exciting and rewarding option. The opportunity to study and live in a foreign country is a rare experience that will broaden your horizons, expand your cultural competence, and push your limits. It's also an opportunity to network and make connections that could set you up for a career abroad.

In the ever increasing international business world, studying in another country can give you valuable insights into the world economy and business customs overseas. If you're interested in pursuing international opportunities or working for a multi-national business, having experience or studies in another country may make you a more competitive candidate for these types of positions.

Of the 200 top business schools, only 75 are in the United States, so seeking a degree abroad may also open your options to stronger programs. Costs for degrees overseas are often lower than they are in the United States, helping you spend less on your education. MBAs in Europe also tend to be shorter than those in the United States, meaning you will be out of the work force for less time.

Where to Find an MBA Program Abroad

One of the best ways to find the best MBAs abroad is to attend a fair on the QS World MBA Tour. At the QS World MBA Tour, you can meet with top local and international business schools around the globe, including schools in the United Kingdom, India, Hong Kong, China, Brazil, Spain and more.

At the fair you’ll be able to take advantage of face-to-face contact with experts. Admissions Directors from more than 120 business schools will be on site to help you navigate through the diverse range of programs and give you their personal advice on applying.

An MBA abroad is an opportunity to network and make connections that could set you up for a career abroad.

An MBA Alumni panel featuring graduates from the world’s top business schools will also give you the inside scoop on the application process and the realities of earning an advanced degree overseas. Plus, when you attend you will have the opportunity to apply for an exclusive scholarship worth $1.7 million to fund your MBA degree abroad.

The QS World MBA Tour takes place in 23 cities throughout the United States and Canada. Find an MBA fair in city near you and register today.

Why Earn Your Graduate Degree?

If delving into the world of business administration isn’t your thing, perhaps earning a different graduate degree is more suited to your career path. Certain fields, such as marketing, economics, international relations, and law require an advanced degree for employment. In other fields, earning an advanced degree isn't essential, but it will be an investment in your future that can help you get noticed in today’s job market, gain professional skills, and develop professionally.

Earning your graduate degree is also a way to take a deep dive into your passions as you pursue your passions more in depth. Hands-on research is part of many programs that will allow you to take your knowledge of the topic to the next level. By knowing your subject inside and out, you will truly be able to contribute to the world’s knowledge by bringing your own research and findings to the forefront.

From a financial perspective, earning a graduate degree increases your earning potential as an employee. A graduate degree has been found to improve the financial prospects of workers by over $8,200 more each year compared to someone holding just a bachelor’s degree. This accumulates to $328,700 in a worker’s lifetime.

Why Do a Graduate Program Abroad?

Much like seeing a MBA overseas, embarking on a graduate program abroad gives you a leg up towards an international career, broadens your options, and tend to be shorter in time. Not to mention, graduate programs abroad tend to be more research based, rather than class based, which could work better for your goals.

It's a misconception that you need to be fluent in a second language to study at a university in another country. Many graduate programs throughout the world are conducted in English despite the location’s native language.

Graduate school is your opportunity to take a deep dive into your passions. For many topics, studying abroad closer to the subject material is an invaluable experience that will greatly benefit your learning. For example, could there be anywhere better to study international relations than Brussels or Geneva? Or the economics of emerging economies in Brazil, Singapore, or China? What about hopping the border to study geography in Canada at York University?

Many graduate programs abroad are also much lower in price than similar programs at American universities. Depending on the subject matter of study, tuition can be as much as a half or quarter of the price overseas as compared to programs in the United States.

Where to Find Graduate Programs Abroad?

At the QS World Grad School Tour, experts in higher education are on hand to help you learn about top graduate schools abroad and navigate the admissions process. Admissions Directors from top universities throughout the world, including institutions in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, France, Australia, and Sweden will be available to meet with you and discuss program options.

It's a misconception that you need to be fluent in a second language to study at a university in another country. Many graduate programs throughout the world are conducted in English despite the location’s native language.

Alumni from these world-renowned universities will share their insight, tips and wisdoms with you on alumni advice panels so you will be able to get your questions answered from students who not so long ago stood in your shoes. Attendees will also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships worth $1.7 million that are available exclusively to fair attendees.

The QS World Grad School Tour is available in a dozen cities throughout the United States and Canada. Find a Grad School Fair in a city near you and register today.

Lauren Salisbury

A California native, Lauren Salisbury has found the best way to get to know a region of the world is to live there, and with that in mind has worked in four countries, including the United States, Australia, Spain and Costa Rica. Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and is now living in the Costa Rican rainforest, working as Social Media & Marketing Manager for Outward Bound. Lauren documents her travel adventures on her blog SomethingInHerRamblings.com.

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