Office of International Education

Graduate Students Abroad

Graduate Students or Post-Undergrad &  Study Abroad

It's not too late or too expensive to think about taking courses in another country.   Here are some common questions for graduate students:

Q: I'm about to graduate, is it too late to study abroad?

A: No! There are many options that you can do as a student who recently graduated such as IPFW DCS Educational Travel,  the Critical Language Scholarship program, third-party providers, or consider internships & service learning.  Or, consider grad school abroad. Check out the MoneyGeek.com Postgrad Prestigious Scholarships to get you there. 

Q:Can graduate students study abroad? 

A: Yes, Of course! Check program eligibility to see if graduate students can apply

Q: Why Study Abroad as a graduate student?

A:  Why not?  This is your chance to travel as a student and gain professional experience abroad. 

  • Set yourself apart when applying for jobs or doctoral program
  •  Gain better insight about your major or field in another part of the world
  • Prepare yourself professionally and personally for the global marketplace.

Q: Can I get credit towards my graduate degree?

A: That depends on your department, Check with your advsior to see which courses might be taken off campus, then find a program that offers that course and follow the credit transfer process

Other options include research or interning abroad, teaching english, or personal enrichment. 

Q: How can I afford it?

A: There are a lot of scholarships for graduate students to study abroad.  Check this page from Xavier University or this list: Fellowships for graduate and post-graduate language study

  • Featured Scholarships: 
  • PostGrad Prestigious Scholarships: https://www.moneygeek.com/education/grad/resources/applying-to-and-winning-prestige-scholarships/ 
  • Boren Fellowships — Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP). In exchange for fellowship funding, all Boren Fellows must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement
  • Fulbright Grants  The program is designed to fund a post-baccalaureate year abroad.  Eligible applicants include undergraduates entering their senior year, recent graduates who earned a bachelor's or master's degree in the past 5 years, and current graduate students who will not have earned a Ph.D. prior to the beginning of their grant year.  There are a variety of programs available including study, research, teach, special programs, or graduate programs abroad. 
  • Marshall Scholarship Available to high-performing American students who attend any universities in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 students are selected annually to receive the scholarship, which covers university fees, living expenses, books, travel and, in some cases, a contribution toward the support of a dependent spouse.
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships Established with a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these scholarships are awarded to graduate students from countries outside of the UK to pursue full-time postgraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge. Awards cover all tuition costs, living allowances, travel and annual retreats.

Featured Graduate Programs:

To find other programs, use this search engine from International Institute of Education.  

These third-party providers have been used by IPFW students in the past:  AIFS, API, Arcadia, IFSA Butler, ISA, IES, SFS, Semester at Sea,CEA CIS, CIEE, SIT, DIS, Univeristy of Minnesota, SOL Education Abroad  

Postgraduate Work, Teach, Volunteer Abroad Programs

 

Resources at IPFW

  • Office of International Education WU145 (260-481-6034)help with describing the benefits of your international experience or looking for more programs
  • Career Services KT 109 (260-481-0689) with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job search 
  • Professors, Departments, Academic Advisors - Share your experience with others to practice articulating your experience and help others to find a program too. 
  • IPFW TENL Program and Certificate: https://www.ipfw.edu/departments/coas/depts/english/tenl/