Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What to Prepare for Master Degree Abroad

It is a big deal when deciding whether you want to do the M.A. Course or not since this is the whole new level of difficulty. It is the intense course, especially in the UK when it only takes a year to accomplish. It is a trend in my country that people want to further their education abroad, particularly, United Kingdom is one of the popular options. Why? Because studying in this country only takes a year to graduate, also, the tuition fee is not that expensive, compared to the two years in the United States or some other countries. However, studying a Master Degree abroad is not that easy, when there are so many things you have to consider before making a decision, also after starting the semester.

Documents for visa

The first and most important step is all about obtaining the visa. It is crucial to prepare every document ready before going to the embassy. Normally, if you are applying for the course via the agency, it can be very convenient because the staff should guide you what to do. HOWEVER, DO NOT TRUST THE AGENT TO DO EVERYTHING FOR YOU. In my case, they failed the standard of the word responsibility, so I decided to apply for the visa myself. Also, you have to keep asking the international recruitment of the university you are applying for regarding the application document since sometimes they can be really slow due to the amount of the international students each year. Gathering the papers of the visa is one of the most frustrating process honestly, but you have to be patient and take time to carefully check if you have everything ready. Apart from what I said, here 'Top Tips For A Year Study Abroad' can be useful for you too.

Where to stay?

There are a lot of student accommodations to choose, however, I have chosen to stay at the private property because I need to work, as well as, concentrate on my freelance job. There are a lot of housing properties that are available for the students actually, therefore it is very easy to find the one you feel like home. It depends on your budget really, if you want to live in the city centre, it will be more expensive that living near the campus. I have lived in the apartment in the centre, which only 10 to 15 minutes to my university, so it's pretty convenient. You can choose either to live in the private flat, or a house sharing with other friends (You can also find out for more information on Student Housing).

Research is the key

This is the Master Degree I am talking about here, so don't expect to be so simple like the bachelor one. As mentioned, it takes only one year to finish the course, so the course's modules are obviously intense in terms of the detail and how much you can absorb the information. For my course 'Fashion Management' There were a lot of projects that I needed to do including the a few group assignments. It is not like a group work, when you allocate the task, and do the presentation, but it's more about you gather the research information, analyse it and make one report, which can be up to 10,000 words.  The first semester, I spent most of my time at the library because I had to do a lot of research including the published articles and journals online. It consumed a lot of my time, and quite stressful at the same time. So, coping with the stress is another situation you have to deal with. I spent 3 months doing my final dissertation, and the words required was 15,000-20,000. 

To be honest, Masters is more like a connection place to me. You will be able to meet a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, especially international people. Most of the students who attend this course is in the age of 23/24 and over. Most of my friends have worked already and they really have high knowledge about what they want to pursue. It is a great place to cultivate the relationship with people who you think might be good to give you some guidance about their works and what it's like to work in individual fields. 


  1. Amazing your t-shirt, I liked :)

  2. Great tips for anyone interesting in studying outside their country and you look very cute in that outfit.

  3. It's interesting you mentioned about connections - I've heard that's often the case; people make more connections doing their masters than any other type of education! You look really cheerful in these photos by the way, it's lovely! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    1. Agree with Gabrielle! Travelling has a huge impact on building new realationships with people and companies. Interesting and useful tips, Gail! I didn't know about the benefits of studying in the UK. Happy Friday, dear!

      xoxo Ira

  4. fantastic post my dear, great tips!! love your look :D xoxo

  5. Love your outfit, especially your top! I went to the UK to study! But only for a 4 month semester for study abroad!

  6. I can't imagine how hard it would be to study abroad! I think I'd get really homesick :) xx

  7. My fiancé has this top, I love it !


  8. Love this top! I can picture myself wearing it... I love fun print tops like that <3


  9. Great post hun!

  10. Love your t-shirt
    Stunning post!! Thanks for sharing

  11. you look great,love this pairing and the top is so beautiful
    Great tips too,would one day love to study abroad

  12. I've always wanted to study abroad! Great tips!


  13. a lot to prepare but I think studying abroad is a wonderful LIFE experience for any person

    Ciao Beauty, Happy weekend

  14. You look so amazing!!


  15. Hi Gail I'm actually looking at doing a masters at the moment, so this turned up at the perfect moment :) You are looking so beautiful in this doughnut top and baseball cap :) I always like how cool and quirky your style is

    Rachel xx

  16. I love the tee!!!

    The Cutielicious

  17. Very cute T-shirt, now I want doughnuts :)

    Bella Pummarola

  18. Great tips for getting your masters degree the outfit too!

  19. Very edgy boots. Wow, a lot to consider before making that move huh? You look lovely though.

  20. Great tips, Gail! Gosh, you're one hell of a busy gal! Happy weekend, dear! xoxo

  21. sometimes I wish I continued with my schooling, but then I wouldn't be in Japan right now! doing a masters abroad seems like a lot of work!

  22. I dropped out in the middle of the university in Japan 27 years ago.
    If my son has the university entrance exam abroad, I would like to tell him about this post!
    Thank you!


  23. Very nice post ! I want your adorable top <3