Getting an education while abroad

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Getting an education while abroad

by: Genevieve Northup | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: February 08, 2018

In today’s increasingly competitive economy, a college degree is becoming a necessity for employment in many career fields. While in Europe, incredible benefits are available to you through partnerships with several renowned schools. Special tuition rates and degree programs designed for busy military lifestyles enable you to earn a reputable, accredited degree so that you’re ready for the next milestone in your career.

Tuition Assistance Programs
The Military Tuition Assistance Program covers up to $250 per semester credit hour for a maximum of $4,500 per fiscal year for eligible reservists and active-duty Air Force, Army and Marines. Navy personnel on active duty can receive $250 per semester credit hour for up to 16 credits per fiscal year, and active-duty Coast Guard are covered for $250 per semester credit hour up to $4,000 per fiscal year. Servicemembers may also be eligible for tuition assistance under the Montgomery GI Bill and Top Up program.

Financial assistance is also available for spouses overseas through the Spouse Tuition Assistance Program and Army Emergency Relief’s Spouse Education Assistance Program. Additionally, Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) provide up to $4,000 in financial aid to spouses of eligible active-duty military.
Career servicemembers may transfer their unused or remaining Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits to immediate family members. Learn more about the Post 9/11 GI Bill at To find out more about tuition assistance programs and other financial aid options, visit,, or the appropriate government agency’s website.
Central Texas College

Students of Central Texas College (CTC) Europe can receive certification in Microsoft software while earning college credit, or opt for associate degrees in applied management, hospitality management, criminal justice or early childhood professions. The Advanced Skills Education Program develops leadership qualities within noncommissioned and junior officers. CTC’s Language Programs provide English as a Second Language and foreign language instruction. In addition to face-to-face classes, some programs are available online.

Community College of the Air Force
The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) is a federally governed academic organization providing accredited degrees. The institution offers professional credentialing and associate degrees in various areas.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is located in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and Kuwait to support military communities. Certifications, undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees are available in many subjects including technical management, aeronautics, project management and aviation maintenance. In addition to the traditional classroom settings, several programs are available online.

University of Maryland University College
With more than 50 European and downrange locations, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) provides a variety of programs in online, face-to-face and hybrid settings. Undergraduate certificates, bachelor’s and associate degrees are available in everything from foreign languages and accounting to management and computer studies. Graduate certifications are offered in areas such as software engineering and project management, and master’s degrees in business administration, cybersecurity and information technology are available. Salisbury University and UMUC have partnered to offer degrees in social work. Additionally, many of UMUC’s degree programs not available in Europe can be completed online through the main campus, though tuition may be higher.

The University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma’s (OU) Outreach Program offers advanced degrees on-site in Europe, including master’s degrees at some locations. OU offers online and independent study options for many classes, and some advanced degrees can be completed entirely online.

Other opportunities
Many U.S.-based schools either have a local presence, such as Webster University in Vienna, or provide online, distance-learning programs. Some European universities also offer degree programs for American students, including the Mannheim Business School located near Kaiserslautern, Germany, which has a face-to-face MBA program and select bachelor’s degrees for English speakers. 

For more information
While online research is important, the best way to find out about course schedules and availability, financial aid, scholarships and tuition in your area is through the satellite office nearest to you. Your local education center can also offer you support as you look at the possibilities.

Tags: education, Scholarship, Germany, Italy, Spain, Overseas, U.K., England, Ed, Opportunity, learning
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