How to Get an International Degree On a Shoestring

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How to Get an International Degree On a Shoestring

Knowing how much I [Lisa] loved travel, I considered staying a third year in graduate school to get a specialty in International Social Work. But in the end, I couldn’t validate spending $35,000 on tuition, room, and board for something that I could put together myself for far cheaper. Are you one of those people who have considered getting a degree in international relations, international business, international development, or international policy? Let me tell you how to get a real international education…

Out & Around is not only about global LGBT rights. It’s about becoming better global citizens. Traveling through the developing world, Jenni and I can’t help but feel our privilege status in the world due to our educational opportunities and personal freedoms. We were also constantly reminded of our wealth…. if you earn over $25,000 USD a year, you are among the top 10% of richest people in the world. Jenni and I need to use our Supergay powers for good.

Do you also want to earn your own custom designed international degree in a year? Here are top ways to earn your own masters degree to being a good world citizen:

Subscribe to the Economist magazine. It can seem kind of dense the first run through, but read it cover to cover. I have to admit that as someone who heads straight to celebrity gossip magazines at newsstands, the Economist was not my first choice for airplane reading. But it got easier as I caught onto world events, and it sure came in handy when talking to people while traveling. Find a developing country that most interests you and decide to travel to that destination.

- Provide a micro loan. Lend $100 to someone in that destination country via a micro-financing organization like Kiva.org. For her birthday, I gave Jenni a gift certificate for Kiva. She loaned the money to a woman in Cambodia who was starting a noodle stand. You’ll be amazed when your loan gets repaid back.

- Become familiar with the language of your destination country. It may have been high school since your last foreign language class, but you can easily pick up the basics without a big investment. For example, Coffee Break Spanish has 128 podcasts for free.

- Buy a plane ticket immediately. Go for as many vacations days as you can, or ask to take an unpaid leave of absence for at least one month. Jenni’s