In this honest and insightful vlog, blogger and Masters student Diogo Lança lets us in on his thoughts about the benefits of studying abroad.

Diogo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and after doing an internship in his home country Portugal, he decided to pursue a Masters in Engineering (Sustainable Product Creation) at the University of Luxembourg.

Here are Diogo's websiteYoutube channel and blog.

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Why you should study a Masters abroad is one of our favourite questions. And there's no better way to answer it than to acquaint you with someone who has already taken the leap of faith.

So without further ado, here are Diogo's reasons for studying abroad:

  1. It was the "right" time to do it
  2. Clear personal desire to do it
  3. Language skills
  4. New international exposure
  5. Smaller, more personal classes
  6. It's not that expensive (tuition fees)
  7. Masters tuition fees are either free or not that expensive (in Luxembourg)
  8. Able to work as a student (does this apply to your country of choice?)
  9. Completely new environment and access to different opportunities
  10. Professional development
  11. Growth as a person
  12. Just go for it (don't make excuses)
  13. If you've studied a whole Masters abroad in English, that will impress your future employer

BONUS (Starts at 6:25 min: Next, Diogo interviews four of his friends at uni about their decision to study abroad. Hear what Yanis from Greece (Masters Mechanical Engineering), Julia from Germany (Masters in Integrated Systems Biology), Janis from Latvia and Maria-Rodriguez from Canada (Masters in European Governance) have to say about their experience with a Masters abroad in the video below. Bet you didn't see this one coming!

Let's say Diogo and his friends have convinced you to do your Masters abroad. But can you handle a year or more away from home? We've prepared a list that will help you ease into your new home. Check out our 6 Tips for Masters Students Living Abroad