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Getting an education abroad?
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I'm thinking about attending grad school for LA and I am looking for advice on being educated abroad? I really want to live in Europe again (Scandinavia ideally), but getting my master's there would…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Prince May 1.


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Jeff Prince replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"My pleasure.  I think I have a different view of landscape architecture than some who have contributed here.  There are many career paths within profession that are not drawing production based, but they are typically with government,…"
May 1
J. Robert Wainner replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Paige.......the $4,500.00 fee for pre-college Summer programs @ Harvard sound a bit pricey....but, I think you're wise to "investigate" to determine if you wish to take on a 3 yr. MLA program.....whether in the U.S. or overseas. I can…"
Apr 28
Paige replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Hi Jeff, Thank you for your reply! I am applying to a six week summer program through Harvard to make sure this is the career path for me. I love the creativity, the science and the sociology involved but I am hesitant about the more technical…"
Apr 27
Jeff Prince replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Hello Paige, I just stumbled upon your post.  Studying abroad to earn your degree is perfectly acceptable in US and international firms, providing you develop the skills required for the career you desire.  An accredited degree program is…"
Apr 25
Eli Paddle replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"MLA degrees are usually intended to be research focused rather than preparing you for entry as a junior LA. If that is your intent then it is a good idea to augment your learning with some CAD, illustration and perhaps GIS learning so that you have…"
Apr 10
J. Robert Wainner replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Hi Paige; I recently read......that having a "Landscape Architect's License" in any U.S. State would get you approx. $25,000.00 more in salary per year.  That was just one article....but, there's definitely an upside to…"
Apr 7
J. Robert Wainner replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Paige..........That LA is Canadian, so, I'm thinking it was an MLA program at a major University in Canada......not in the U.S. And, I'm not sure.....if his MLA program was a 2 or 3 yr. program.  But, IMO, it would make sense if your…"
Apr 7
J. Robert Wainner replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Paige; No, I don't think you have to attend an accredited U.S. University to earn your MLA in order to take the L.A.R.E.....though, there may be much younger LAs here on LAND 8 who are much more qualified to answer that question.  You…"
Apr 2
Dave McCorquodale replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"I think the consensus around here is that your ability to bring income into the firm and/or increase firm profitability would have a greater positive impact on your earnings than a license. Do longer MLA grad programs contain a study abroad time if…"
Apr 2
Paige replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Thanks Dave! In your experience is there a pay difference or other benefits that come with being licensed? -Paige"
Apr 1
Paige replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"From my research it seems like there are MLA programs for those with an undergraduate degree in LA and then there are 3 year programs that are specifically designed for those who did not have an undergraduate degree in LA. But that is scary that he…"
Apr 1
Paige replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Hi Robert- Thank you for replying, just two questions for you. What do you mean exactly by 'liberal environmental ideology'? Are you saying I don't need to attend an accredited U.S. school to take the L.A.R.E. to become a licensed…"
Apr 1
J. Robert Wainner replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Dave; Yes....Think you're correct here. I went ahead and re-wrote my comment above. My biggest concern, which I voiced above, for Paige is that....when your Undergraduate degree is NOT a 4 or 5 yr. LA degree....your MLA degree becomes very…"
Mar 28
J. Robert Wainner replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Hello Paige; I think that's GREAT that you wish to earn your MLA overseas.  I just think, as I'm sure you area aware, many considerations and a lot of "research" before you move forward. *Finances......the various costs…"
Mar 28
Paige replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"I found it! It is on my profile instead of the discussion thread (thanks Dave!) I will take a look when I am at a computor next! Thank you!!"
Mar 28
Paige replied to Paige's discussion 'Getting an education abroad?'
"Hi Robert! I had some trouble posting my question and maybe somehow your comment got lost? I did not mean to delete it, please repost it. I don't know what happened, I would really appreciate any advice. Sorry about this! Thank you for…"
Mar 28

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At 10:53am on March 26, 2017, J. Robert Wainner said…

March 26, 2017

Hello Paige;

First, CONGRATS on earning our B.S. degree in Environmental Science.

Well, as far as earning your MLA overseas, I'm sure there are some excellent programs.  Of course, the financial situation has to be a consideration, as I'm sure you're aware of.  Cost of living and University tuition costs vary every city & University. I would recommend you do a lot of "research".

But, the most important thing I feel you should be sure about when you're searching for a great MLA look seriously at the "courses" you would be studying to earn your MLA.  In today's world...learning 3 or 4 computer software programs is "critical".  I'm old school, and I still do all my design work "by hand".  But, it's also very important that your MLA program contain very good "creative design courses", "graphic design", "hand sketching", "plant science", "grading design", etc.  You could look at several U.S. MLA programs (like Harvard) and look at the various courses they offer in their MLA program.  

Since your undergraduate degree is not in Landscape Architectural'll have some catching up to do in your MLA program. When you graduate and return to the U.S. to do you job search, most LA firms will want to see your "University Design Portfolio".  They will be looking for "potential", having strong computer software skills, basic design skills & sketching ability will be a major help to your landing that first job as an LA.

If you can find the "time"....while you're working on your MLA, you might also consider starting to work on passing the various sections of the L.A.R.E exam....which you will need in order to eventually become a "Licensed LA" in any U.S. State.  It's my understanding that it take time & money to pass that, the sooner you can get started on accomplishing that goal the better.

Just a P.S.....whatever University (Country) you choose overseas, I would suggest keeping "personal safety" in mind.....I would give myself the same advise.


Best Regards,

J. Robert (Bob) Wainner - Plano, Texas (LAND8)


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