- 4 years ago
I am in my second to last semester of my bachelors degree at US public university. I am studying German, and I am also learning French as part of my minor requirements. I have earned the B1 level certificate from the Goethe Institut for my German speaking (if anyone here knows what that is). I have been considering going abroad for my masters degree, and I’ve found a few schools across Europe that have my program (international business). The schools that I’m looking into have locations in London, Brussels, Paris, Munich, and a few in different cities across Switzerland. I’m almost certain that I would go to the one in Munich because it would make sense, but I want to keep my options open because I know both my German and French could be useful in Belgium and Switzerland. All of the classes are taught in English, but you have the option of learning the language as well, plus it’s useful for daily living.
I was just wondering if any US bees have traveled abroad for their masters degree in its entirety, and if anyone has any advice or information about the process. My SO and I will be married by that time, so I would obviously want to take him with me. He doesn’t speak any foreign languages, but I figure that while I am in school he can take language courses and work on the book he is writing, or he could find a job once he speaks some German if he can obtain a work permit.
My one specific question is how you bees ended up financing a year or two of living in another country. I know I can work up to 120 full days/240 half days without having anything more than my student visa, so I could definitely find a part time job. I’m also working as a nanny now, so I figure if I can’t find some work I could always offer babysitting or English tutoring if need-be. My SO just graduated, and I’m obviously still in school, so we haven’t really jumped into our professional careers. Right now we are working on getting rid of some CC debt, but that will be gone within a few months, and then we are going to start saving every penny we can. I know this is going to be expensive, and we definitely don’t have thousands of dollars laying around for this, so I would need a loan of some type. The school I’m mainly interested in isn’t on the list of schools that cooperates with US financial aid, so I would probably be looking at a private or personal loan. Does anyone have any experience with obtaining a loan for something like this? I think you have to prove that you have at least 8,000 Euros per year to live off of, but we will need enough money for my school, his German lessons, food, living expenses, and of course we are going to want to travel a bit around Europe since we will be there.
Thanks in advance for any advice!