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A Guide to Mathematics Degrees Abroad

Study abroad is just for the humanities, right? What a giant miscalculation! Earning a degree in mathematics abroad is an opportunity to discover how other countries apply mathematical principles, to broaden your scope of interest, and to ensure that you are highly sought after in the job market after graduation. With all these benefits, you can count on your math degree being valuable. After all, pi is the same 3.14 everywhere in the world, but you can only taste the delicious Coulibiac pie in Moscow or an authentic pizza pie in Rome, so take your mathematics degree abroad!

Why Earn a Math Degree Abroad

Ever heard the saying that mathematics is the ultimate universal language? It’s true! Number literacy, or numeracy, connects people across continents and cultures. Think about it: no matter where you are in the world, numbers are used to communicate about crucial details, like time, grocery bills, and bus fares. You will definitely do a lot more with a math degree than catch a bus or count the cost of two baguettes, and you can do even more if you have earned your math degree abroad. This is precisely because of the universal value that mathematics has, especially in today’s fast-paced, integrated, globalized world.

When earned abroad, your mathematics degree makes you more attractive to potential employers at home and overseas, who will love that you can convert dollars to yen lickity-split. Studying math abroad also means that you will have greater access to groundbreaking research that is being done all over the world. You will be able to make connections within the academic, professional, and scientific community from whichever country you choose to study in. These connections could very well payoff in the future in terms of employment overseas. 

Locations

Mathematics is a progressive field that is experiencing new developments all the time. Studying math in a foreign place means that you will be privy to these adaptations and better prepared to participate in this exciting international discipline.

London. In most mathematical equations, t equals time. When you’re earning a math degree in London, t equals tea, which you will probably have with biscuits nearly every day. The highly reputable Queen Mary University of London is just one of the many universities in London that offers undergraduate degrees in mathematics that can be completed in just three years, leaving you more time to solve some of Hilbert’s more complex problems. Additionally, you’ll be able to adventure through the historic sites of the city and enjoy a burgeoning nightlife scene. Make sure to check out the local pub, as long as you’ve determined which football team you’ll be cheering for.

Singapore. The Singapore campus of Curtin University offers math geeks innumerable chances to make strong professional connections. A global financial center, the city of Singapore could be your domain to achieve an integrated education while preparing yourself for a competitive job market. Singaporeans learn math in an unconventional and innovative way that has researchers around the world talking. Singaporean students typically perform at the top of the global class. Learning from their successful perspective can be extremely valuable for your future endeavors.  Multiply that by the gorgeous botanical gardens and delicious Hokkien Mee noodles and you have the solution to your math degree needs.

Croatia. Study business mathematics in one of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe. Bright blue waters envelope a mountainous interior that deviates from ordinary landscapes and gives you access to endless outdoor exploration. Consider this your “off-the-beaten-path” option when it comes mathematics degrees abroad. If you enjoy the less-traveled and the more-remote, Croatia offers a multitude of adventurous activities like spelunking and snorkeling. Croatia even hosts an annual mathematical congress in Zagreb. These are just some of the factors that make Croatia a prime location to get your math degree abroad.

Math Degrees Abroad

What can you do with a math degree? A lot of variables factor into the types of careers you can expect after completing your degree in mathematics abroad. Studying statistics can put you in the position to work with medical data or social media figures while the engineering field may track you towards a more mechanical path. Several math degree programs will also include internship opportunities to allow students to better understand the daily grind of each discipline, which can be helpful if you are still trying to decide the approach that’s right for you.

Math degree programs are structured to provide students with the tools they need to become exponentially more valuable mathematicians once they graduate. You can “account” on spending time in the classroom, but if you’re studying math, you’re likely into that. Don’t worry, you won’t have to divide your attention too much, though. Earning your mathematics degree abroad means that you will also have the chance to explore a new city, learn a new language, and try new cuisine. You may even meet “acute” foreign sweetheart (but that would be tangential)!

Depending on the mathematics degree you choose, there may be some extra requirements to meet before you can study math abroad. For example, you may have to speak the local language. Many universities also require that you have completed at least two years of your undergraduate degree before studying math abroad.

Benefits & Challenges

There is an increasing demand for experts in the field of mathematics as the world’s economies become more and more intertwined. Digit doyens will be highly sought after in industries related to finance, technology, banking, and business. You can also expect to sharpen your problem-solving skills and critical thinking habits as you navigate not only your degree program but an entirely foreign place as well.

However, keep in mind that the field is booming and competition within the discipline will likely match the race for high-achieving mathematicians. Additionally, those who study mathematics wind up spending a lot of time in offices and at computers. If that’s your thing, go for it! But, if you are studying math in Croatia for the outdoor adventures, maybe consider a different degree path. Finally, take care when choosing the particular city that you’ll study in and tailor it to your needs as a student. For example, London tends to be fairly expensive and Singapore can feel crowded.

Let me sum it up for you: earning your degree in math will provide you with numerous opportunities for employment along with a unique chance to visit an exotic location. With a math degree, you will be well-prepared to solve complex, modern problems and, if you earn your degree abroad, you may also have new language skills to pair with your calculus prowess. And why stop there? Think about getting another degree, as well—maybe even 90 degrees; that would be the right angle.

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