Who's it for?

This course is designed to help students from the U.S. prepare for applying to a master's program abroad in places like the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more. You'll learn the reasons to consider applying for your master's abroad, how the student experience at universities overseas is both similar and different to the U.S., understand how admissions works, learn the basics of financial aid and much, much more. You'll also get to know a few examples of universities abroad and what they offer, hearing directly from the admissions representatives themselves. Finally, you'll learn how to build your budget, what to consider and complete exercises and worksheets along the way to help you plan and prepare for this once in a lifetime opportunity!

What will I learn?

  • Learn why you should do your master's abroad

    You'll hear about the very tangible benefits you'll gain from doing your master's overseas (personal, professional and financial).

  • Understand the differences in the student experience abroad vs. in the U.S.

    Possibly the most important part! Hear what it's like to do your degree overseas and see if it sounds like something for you before investing more time and money in the process.

  • Learn how to build your budget and program list and understand what it takes to apply

    With exercises and downloadable worksheets, you'll have everything you need to start planning and applying.

What's included?

  • 1

    G'day & Welcome!

    • G'day & Welcome!

  • 2

    Survey: Your Application Process

    • Survey: Your Application Process

  • 3

    Quiz: What Do You Know?

    • Quiz: Master's Degrees Abroad

  • 4

    Why Go Abroad for Your Master's?

    • Cost of Attendance

    • Popular Study Areas

    • Graduate Admissions Abroad - How is it Different?

    • Career Prospects

    • On Comfort Zones...

  • 5

    What You Should Know

    • Types of Universities Abroad

    • Types of Graduate Programs Abroad

    • Unique Graduate Degree Options

  • 6

    The Student Experience Abroad

    • Teaching

    • Grading

    • Social

    • Housing

    • Visas, Health Insurance, etc.

  • 7

    Tuition & Fees

    • Tuition & Fees

    • Cost of a Master's Abroad

    • Case Study: Grad School Tuition Abroad vs. in the U.S.

    • Exercise: Comparing Overseas University Costs

    • Scholarships Abroad

    • Other Ways to Fund a Master's Abroad

    • Exercise: Building Your Budget

  • 8

    FAFSA (U.S. Federal Financial Aid)

    • Introduction to FAFSA

    • Direct Loans

    • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) - Soon to be Student Aid Index (SAI)

    • Exercise: Calculate your EFC

    • FAFSA Timeline

    • What happens after you graduate?

    • Exercise: Loan Simulator

    • Exercise: Financial Awareness Counseling

    • Top Tips for Student Loans

  • 9

    Graduate Admissions Abroad

    • Graduate Admissions Abroad

    • What Universities Abroad Consider

    • The Personal Statement/Essay

    • How to Apply

    • What happens after you apply?

    • Recommended Application Timeline

  • 10

    How to Choose Your Master's Program

    • Building Your List

    • Social Factors

    • Case Study: Useful Tool

    • World Rankings: Are They Important?

    • Academic Factors

    • Geographical Factors

    • Financial Factors

    • Case Study: Graduate Outcomes

    • Making Your Decision

    • Case Study: Visiting King's College London (UK)

    • Useful Tool: Building Your List

    • Case Study: University of Sheffield (UK)

  • 11

    Your Turn

    • Exercise: Master's Degree Abroad - Finding Your Fit Worksheet

    • Exercise: Reflection & Review

    • Exercise: Creating Your Final List of Key Criteria

    • Exercise: Comparing Universities Worksheet

  • 12

    Quiz: What Did You Learn?

    • Quiz: What Did You Learn?

  • 13

    What Now? Next Steps

    • What You Learned & Where to Go from Here

  • 14

    Feedback Survey

    • Feedback Survey

Meet Sara

Founder of College Apps Abroad and the Course Instructor

Sara Cavalieri

G'day! My name is Sara, and I'm the founder of College Apps Abroad. I'm a San Diego based educational consultant, specializing in helping students apply for college and grad school outside of the U.S. I have more than 10 years of experience working in international recruitment and admissions for some of the world's top institutions in the UK and Australia, and I studied and lived overseas myself in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Brazil for almost a decade. With a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University and Master of Education from the University of New South Wales, I've also helped hundreds of students across North and South America apply for some of the world's top institutions. As you can see, I’m passionate about international education, and I look forward to helping you on your journey, too!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'm not from the U.S., but I'm interested in applying for my master's overseas. Can I still enroll in this course?

    Certainly! If you're considering applying for your master's in the UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, for example, much of the information will still be relevant; however, keep in mind this course is focused on students who completed their bachelor's degrees in the U.S.

  • How long will I have access to the course and materials?

    You'll have access to all the modules and materials for a period of two years.

  • Does this course include information on applying to PhD programs?

    No, this course is focused on master's degrees abroad.