Finished your undergrad degree and ready for a new challenge? Instead of heading to the cubicle farm like the rest of your friends, why not take your academic passion to a whole ‘nother level? Going to grad school could be one of the best decisions of your life. Depending on the field you choose, a postgrad degree could mean that you earn more money and get more job opportunities.
If you’re looking for the mother lode of higher learning institutions, think about the Americas. This New World is home to distinct regions. There’s North America, Central America, and South America, each individual in their own right. If you’re a native English speaker and don’t want the hassle of going to school in a foreign language speaking country, try the US and Canada in the North.
On the other hand, if you’d like to stretch outside of your comfort zone and really up your foreign language game, then Central and South America are your oysters. Because the majority of postgrad programs at the best colleges in Latin America require fluency in Spanish or Portuguese, you’ll be getting an advanced degree and improving your language skills at the same time. Having solid foreign language proficiency will also mean that you’ll become more employable on a global scale.
Ready to take the plunge? Here are the 10 top countries to get your masters degrees in the Americas in 2018.
1. South America
If grad school is calling your name, why not try universities in South America? Getting your masters on the continent could also mean getting fluent in either Spanish or Portuguese so why not catch two fish with one worm? South America is vast so you have plenty of the best universities in Latin America to choose from, from Venezuela to Argentina. Not only that, going to college there is generally more affordable, leaving you plenty dinero to explore the great outdoors.
Recommended program: Get your masters degree in South America with IED
Many students love Argentina because it feels like a little piece of Europe in South America. This gigantic country (the eighth largest in the world!) is also home to some of the best colleges in Latin America, particularly for postgrad courses. Get a world-class education in Buenos Aires in international business, finance, or art history. Study in Córdoba, the quintessential student city, so much so that it’s called La Docta (“The Learned One”) or go to school in Rosario, the hometown of Che Guevara.
Recommended program: Get your masters with Mente Argentina
3. Central America
If South America sounds too big and overwhelming and North America isn't quite your speed, why not go to universities in Central America? This region is sandwiched between the North and South American continents and is kissed by the Pacific on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. Study in any of seven countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Most postgrad programs are offered in Spanish with the exception of Belize so get proficient before you go.
Recommended program: Get your MBA with Galen University in Belize
4. North America
When it comes to quality higher education, North American universities usually outperform the rest. They consistently place in the top 100 lists of places to study in the world and with good reason too! Universities on this continent are usually well-financed and boast of the best on the planet when it comes to academic research facilities. Study at top universities in Latin America in Mexico, Ivy League and other solid unis in the US, and prestigious colleges in Canada.
It’s not difficult to find top higher learning institutions on the second largest country on the planet. The great thing about Canada is that you can choose to go to grad school where programs are taught in English or in French. Study in favorite student cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver or in smaller towns in the Great White North for a more intimate study abroad experience. If you ever get tired of studying, there’s lots of mountains, forests, and lakes to recharge.
Recommended program: Study at the University of Ottawa
Thinking about studying at top universities in South America? Why not try Peru for a different masters’ experience? This Latin American empire of the sun is so much more than llamas and Machu Picchu. Study at the best colleges in Latin America in elegant Lima or in the countryside, which has probably remained the same since the Incas. While you’re there, why not learn a bit of Quechua in addition to Spanish? The locals will love you if you do!
Recommended program: Study in Lima with Universidad del Pacifico
7. United States
The US is a virtual mecca when it comes to grad school. Where else in the world can you find top ranked universities in all 50 states? Studying in the States will not only give you a good education but also open doors to a host of global work and academic research opportunities. Study in big cities like NYC, San Fran, or Chicago or is smaller collegiate towns scattered across the homeland. Scholarships are also plentiful in this part of the world so going to grad school doesn’t always mean cleaning out mom and pops’ savings account.
Recommended program: Get your masters with Sotheby's Institute of Art
8. Costa Rica
With more than 60 universities, did you know that this Central American country is one of the best places to study in the region? In fact, the University of Costa Rica in San Jose is one of the best universities in Latin America. If you want to go to grad school in more off the beaten track locations, why not try Puerto Limon, San Francisco (yes, another one exists!), and Alajuela? Popular programs include natural sciences, sustainability studies, international relations, and Latin American history.
Recommended program: Get your masters with UPEACE in Costa Rica
9. The Caribbean
If someone told you that you could do a masters in a tropical paradise, would you do it? Hopefully, you’d grab at an opportunity to study abroad in the Caribbean and work on that tan too! The Caribbean islands are not just fabulous winter getaways but also some of the top cultural and foodie hotspots in the world. Study politics in Cuba, botany in Trinidad and Tobago, or music in Jamaica. Most programs are offered in English and Spanish with lovely Caribbean accents.
Although many college kids in the US think of Mexico as a spring break playground, it’s way better than that! In fact, this North American country is one of the most affordable places to get your masters at top-notch universities. Study in Mexico City, one of the most vibrant and oldest cities in Latin America, Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, and Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Popular postgrad programs include translation studies, archaeology, and ethnomusicology.
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