Post-secondary education is expensive, regardless of whether you decide to pursue it in North America or abroad. Instead of racking up my student loans by doing a post-graduate degree in Canada, I thought to myself, “If I am going to pay all this money, why not do my Masters as an international student abroad?”
Great thinking on my part! Currently, I am in my first semester of M.A. in Journalism, Media and Globalization, studying in Aarhus, Denmark. Next year I’ll go to London for my specialization. As it turns out, I’m paying way less than I would have if I pursued my post-grad in Canada.
If you are thinking of doing your Masters in Europe, here are some resources to help you out:
Every year nearly 16 billion Euros worth of scholarships are available in Europe, spread over thousands of different grants. This scholarship portal helps you narrow down the most suitable grants for your country of choice and field of study.
Erasmus Mundus is a consortium that aims to “enhance quality in higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between Europe and rest of the world.” The consortium gives money to institutions and scholarships to students. This means that you can study for free or really cheap in Europe if you pursue a post-graduate program funded by Erasmus Mundus. There are scholarships for non-EU students that cover the entire cost of the program.
This is the program that I am doing and I can vouch for its excellence. Not only do you get to live in at least two different countries as a part of your program, but you also get to meet students from around the world.
Check out the full list of Masters programs offered by the consortium.
You can also rely on our good old government to send you abroad. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has opportunities for Canadians for student exchanges and international academic mobility. Browse through the list of government scholarships and grants to spot something that fits your profile.
Universities Canada (formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada) maintains the website universitystudy.ca and has an extensive list of scholarships available for Canadian and international students.
France-Canada Academic Programs
If you are interested in studying in France, consult this page on the Government of Canada’s website. It lists many co-operations between Canada and France and how you can study in France without having to pay international student fees.Add this article to your reading list