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Going Global: Part 1

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When researching graduate schools, there are two key things you’re looking to build upon: your passion for cultural exchange and your hope to launch a successful career. You’re probably eyeing schools that promise learning opportunities in a rich, global environment. But how can you determine which schools actually deliver?

The first question to consider is this: Is “global” just a buzzword at the schools you’re researching, or is it deeply ingrained into the soul of their programs?

You can start your research by asking admissions counselors, academic advisors and professors the following types of questions: 

What percentage of the student body is international, and how many countries are represented? A diverse, multilingual community is essential to a globally minded setting. By engaging with international students, you’ll gain insight into other cultures, experiences and perspectives – and be able to apply them to your coursework and career search.

What experience does the faculty bring? Learning from professors with a wide variety of backgrounds is equally important. Consider asking about their previous job titles, research interests and international work experience.

What kind of global outcomes does the program offer? The graduate school you select should equip you with the skills needed for a successful global career. You might want to check out the courses or career resources that the school offers to see if a global perspective is present and prominent.

Where do alumni live and work? Your school’s alumni network will be one of your most important resources. They can provide advice and best practices for succeeding in your sought-after field. Ideally, you’ll have access to a vibrant group of innovators, mentors and business leaders around the world.

Does the school have a globally diverse set of employer relationships? Note whether the school strives to connect you with recruiters through options such as career fairs, networking events, on-site interviews or campus presentations.

Answers to these questions will give you a surface-level impression of potential schools. However, finding one that’s truly suited to your passion will require deeper investigation. Download our Going Global guide to learn what further information you’ll need to gather, or learn more about our Accelerated MA program in international economics and finance. Priority deadline for the Accelerated MA is March 15th. 

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