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4 Fantastic Benefits of Studying an English-taught Master's

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Whether you’re a native English language speaker or speak English as a second language, if you’ve got your heart set on studying an English-taught master’s abroad there are plenty of destinations where you can do just that – and no, we aren’t talking about the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.

In recent years, the number of international universities offering English-taught master’s degrees across Europe has risen dramatically – particularly in social science and business-related subjects. So what can you expect from studying abroad in English in a country where English isn’t the first language? 

For starters, you won’t be living in an English language bubble and you’ll experience a whole new culture (and language)

Yes, your studies will mean you’ll be communicating and collaborating with your classmates and professors in English and you’ll probably find yourself using English to catch up with friends on study breaks. It can be a real comfort to know you can study abroad without having to worry about language barriers in the classroom.

But beyond your university’s campus walls, there’s a whole new culture and language to experience.

In Europe, Italy is one of the most popular study abroad destinations – and it’s not hard to see why either as it’s held in high regard for its academic excellence, rich history and cultural heritage, world-renowned cuisine, beautiful scenery and architecture, as well as its friendly locals.

Living in Italy will help you learn the local language and acclimatize to the Italian way of life – so you’d do well to at least learn the basics. You never know when you might need it – and your small efforts won’t go unnoticed by the locals should you want to make a good impression.

It might be challenging to start with, but you’ll soon sharpen your language skills as you learn to navigate two, if not three languages simultaneously if English isn’t your first language and neither is the local language.

You’ll meet a mixed bunch of people – some of whom will turn into friends for life

Demand from both domestic and international students wanting to study an English-taught master’s sees lecture halls, seminar halls and campus greens jam-packed with students from all around the world.

Università degli Studi di Pavia in northern Italy offers 12 English-taught master’s programs in a range of subject areas, including engineering, economics and management, as well as humanities and social sciences.

The university is home to a buzzing international population, making it feel like home for the 1,200 students who move to the city of Pavia each year for their studies and share this once-in-a-lifetime study experience.

You’ll boost your chances of landing an international career thanks to your enhanced global perspective

You can only learn so much about a new country and culture through books, television and increasingly, social media. There’s no better way to learn about another culture than experiencing it first-hand.

While it may be easy to look and accept your own culture as absolute, you’ll learn so much more about yourself and gain an entirely new perspective as you open up to interacting with and seeing the world in so many other ways.

As the world becomes more interconnected than ever before, where we share, trade and face challenges, goods, politics, economies and business on a colossal scale, if you can master the art of communication between the local language and English, employers will look at you and your CV with a keen interest. Adaptability and resilience are key skills in today’s competitive job market along with possessing a global mindset.

There will be (almost) endless opportunities to travel

Wherever you decide to study abroad there’s no doubt you’ll be itching to get out and explore all that your new (and temporary) home has to offer.

The city of Pavia offers warm welcomes to those who come to visit, travel, live and study. Ticino River is a popular relaxation spot with students – with some even spending their well-deserved study breaks rowing along the banks of the river. And at weekends students can take a 30 minute train ride to Milan.

How to get there…

A lot of planning, paperwork and patience is needed when it comes to applying to study abroad. Take your time and get your research right to ensure the process is as easy and straight-forward as possible.

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Written by Stephanie Lukins
As the Head of Sponsored Content for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com, Stephanie creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. She attended the University of Portsmouth where she earned a BA in English Language and an MA in Communication and Applied Linguistics.

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