One of the biggest challenges students can have when running a postgraduate program abroad is funding, and we often receive a lot of questions around this area. But in this article today, we will share tips on how to sponsor your postgraduate program abroad.
In case you are wondering what benefits therein are studying abroad, Before we begin, let’s check out some of the benefits of working while you study abroad.
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Benefits of Working while you Study
Once you gain entrance into your preferred school abroad, the next challenge would be to find a job to sponsor yourself. The cost of living and maintenance can be high for postgraduate students, but it is exceptionally overwhelming for international students. Because we understand how particularly challenging running a postgraduate program abroad can be for international students, we will share these tips to make sure you find that blend that helps you make the most of the advantages below.
Although there are several schools that offer flexible postgraduate study options such as combined or distance learning, it makes things a lot easier if you want to work during your study abroad program. The following are the advantages of working while you study abroad.
Develop a Brand-New Set of Skills
No doubt, being exposed to a totally different environment, culture and people can influence your attitude and worldview. Such is the case with international students who work while running a postgraduate program abroad. By virtue of your international exposure, you can easily pick up valuable skills from your workplace that will help you improve your attitude towards work and other people who are different from you also changes.
Lesser Worries About Tuition
Although international students are expected to provide proof that they have good sponsorship before their visa application is granted, it sure lends some comfort knowing you can hold your own whenever the need arises. Knowing you don’t have to be completely dependent on your sponsor, and that you can fend for yourself in case of an emergency can be very comforting.
Gaining Invaluable Work Experience
Although students are only allowed to work during the holidays, it can still be quite challenging to work amidst your study abroad program. But the fact still remains, some work experience during your program abroad can greatly improve your chances of success once you are done with your studies.
Tips for Self-Sponsored Postgraduate Programs
Highlighted below are some self-sponsoring tips you could use during your postgraduate program abroad.
Consider Virtual-learning Options
If you are a self-sponsored international applicant and your study abroad budget does not cover visa processing, travel cost, accommodation, living cost, you may want to consider distance-learning options. The popularity of online or virtual-learning programs owes to their flexibility. Additionally, they help to save time and cost. They make it easy to keep track of lectures, contact teachers and other students through online platforms.
Consider part-time work
Part-time jobs are a way to ease the cost of living abroad as an international student. Surely, you will be spending a lot of money than you originally planned, but a part-time job can help ease some of that burden. But this only applies to international students who have work permits. Evening or nightshifts are common options offered by most companies to students. You can always choose whichever option works best for you.
Apply to a work-study program
There are universities that offer a form of financial aid to international students in addition to scholarships and grants. It is a way to help students cover part of their tuition fees by working on campus. But work-study jobs offer minimum wage and usually don’t fully cover tuition fees. On the bright side, you avoid long commutes and have more time to focus on your studies when you work on campus.
Consider taking internships
Although some internships might not offer a salary, they provide corporate experience and free training. A good internship is the promise of a job in a respectable company while leaving more time for your studies. It is even better if the internship is paid!
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