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For Graduate Students


Graduate students — both master's, doctoral, and post-doctoral — have the ability to study abroad while at UTSA. The College of Business, the College of Education & Human Development, and the College of Liberal & Fine Arts all offer summer programs that are open to graduate students. Doctoral students doing international research are encouraged to apply for the IRS courses available year-round for those working on dissertation research. 

All graduate students must register with Education Abroad Services and complete all required elements of their specific program before leaving San Antonio. 

        >> International Research, Field Study or Internships Abroad: Procedures


Benefits of Doing Graduate Work Abroad

  • Program durations may be shorter than equivalent U.S. programs; many MA or MS programs take as little as 18 months when students are enrolled full time.

  • Many countries allow students enrolled in a degree program to work part-time, such as the United Kingdom and Australia.

  • Many foreign institutions have a U.S. federal FAFSA number and can process U.S. federal aid including Stafford Loans for graduate students (inquire with individual universities).

  • The perspective of studying an academic discipline in the context of another academic system and culture can be beneficial.

  • Particularly for students interested in a discipline with an international or language focus, such as international business, the international degree will have professional advantages.

  • The length of the program and nature of graduate work often offer a unique cultural immersion opportunity.

  • Graduate programs offer all of the benefits and experiences of living abroad.

  • An international learning experience is life-changing! Build your resume by studying a language, conducting research abroad, or doing an international internship related to your academic program. You may also choose to travel with a faculty member for credit or spend a semester taking courses abroad.

  • Many students organize their own international experiences through personal and professional contacts. Whether you choose to plan it yourself or participate in an organized program, the Education Abroad advising staff can assist you.

Some Important Factors to Consider

  • Degree recognition in the U.S. or the country in which the student intends to establish a career: professions such as law, medicine, or education may have specific curricular or licensure requirements that prohibit their international equivalencies from being recognized for careers in the United States.

  • Academic “style” of the program: U.S. degree programs tend to be coursework based, while many programs in other countries may be purely research based and therefore dramatically different than the student is used to.

  • Because there are relatively few “programs” that administrate or assist students with the application process, the logistics may be more challenging and students need to be prepared to navigate the application and matriculation process independently.

  • Degrees in non-English speaking cultures will likely require a high level of proficiency, as graduate programs are not usually designed for non-native speakers.

Possible Program Providers

Academic Programs International
API offers students courses and programs for graduate study. API has a graduate program at the University of Limerick in Ireland, a master’s in teaching Spanish in the University of Salamanca in Spain, and master’s in Latin American Studies at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain. API also has a summer teacher education studies program at the Université Stendhal, Grenoble III in Grenoble, France.

Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University 
The Center for Education Abroad maintains affiliations with five institutions in Great Britain and two in Australia that offer a prolific range of graduate degrees. Arcadia offers services to prepare for graduate study abroad, from helping you identify the program and location best suited to your needs to facilitating the admissions and financial aid process and arranging for your accommodation overseas.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has more than 20 years of experience working within the field of international education serving both students and advisors. We are a leader in study abroad known for high-quality, full service programs with excellent value in a wide range locations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Asia, and Europe.