Hi! My name is Gergana and I recently graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, with a degree in Marketing and Economics. Originally from Bulgaria, I have always aspired to further my education abroad. Why did I choose the University of Strathclyde and what was it like, you may ask? Read on and experience the study abroad journey with me!
The University of Strathclyde campus – by Flickr User StrathclydeGuy [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Since you’re reading this article, you’re likely interested in studying at the University of Strathclyde. Therefore, let me start with my reasons for choosing it. In my last years of high school, I got interested in Marketing so I set out to find the best university that offered this programme. Nevertheless, I needed a university to which I could really get into (it’s your loss, Harvard!).
About University of Strathclyde
Apart from being in the top 5 universities for Marketing in the United Kingdom, the University of Strathclyde offers great facilities. Here, you can enjoy a huge library, and the freedom to choose your own curriculum. In Year 1 students are introduced to all available subjects in the Business School. They are allowed to select the ones they would like to take on until the required credits are reached. I found this really enticing! I no longer had to go through boring classes and subjects I didn’t want to study until I reach what I was interested in.
That’s also how I found my love and appreciation for Economics. I knew that even if I didn’t do well at it, I could always switch my minor to another subject in the second year. Year 1 is more like a trial. Plus, there are no final exams in the first year unless your grades fall below 55%. Therefore, you can get extra-long holidays (great if you’re feeling homesick).
The iconic equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington, situated near the University of Strathclyde. Capping the statue with a traffic cone is a tradition representing the local humor.
Not everything is that easy in this University
I won’t lie to you, sometimes it can get really busy. There were periods when seemingly nothing was happening, and periods, when I had several projects and exams, lined up. However, with proper time management and planning, one quickly gets used to the pace of learning. P.S. remember to pick up an academic diary before the start of lectures! In line with the way the British higher education system is organized, the University of Strathclyde also puts great emphasis on individual learning. This means very few classes and a lot of (seemingly) free time. While you should use most of it for studying, this opens others opportunities.
Different ways to use your free time in University
Most students like to volunteer, work part-time, or get an internship. It’s not difficult to get a part-time job but it might take you a while. Glasgow has an enormous student population and at the start of the year, everyone is looking for a job. Make sure you visit the Careers Service to get advice on CVs, applications, and interview preparation.
What a typical evening looks like during an exam session at the University of Strathclyde
Application process for University of Strathclyde
When I was making my university application, I got some help from a consultancy firm but that’s not really necessary nowadays with the abundance of information you can get – just look around our blog! There was no entrance exam. My application consisted of a motivation letter, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, a certificate in English (usually IELTS, but a Cambridge certificate works just as well) and a translated high school diploma. Your grades must be above a certain threshold to apply but what is most important is that you’re able to show your interest in the desired subject. Also, your way of thinking, and any extracurricular activities you’ve participated in.
What I found the most challenging was writing the motivation letter – I had never before written one and I had to rewrite mine several times to get it right. Let me give you some advice in case you’re anything like me. The motivation letter is a lot like a job application. Here, you need to list your recent achievements, work experience, interests, personal qualities, anything that relates to your desired course. If you’re struggling to find anything relevant in your education, consider getting an internship or signing up for an introductory course in your chosen field.
Birkbeck Court – part of University of Strathclyde’s student halls
Fun part of the University
The University of Strathclyde, being in the centre of the city, has everything you need within a walking distance. Shops, restaurants, bars, clubs – you name it. All first-year students are guaranteed on-campus accommodation which I advise you make use of. The University is very international! Here you meet people from all over the world – there were five different nationalities just in my flat. The Union also hosts a lot of fun events and offers student discounts. During Freshers’ Week, you can sign up for various clubs and societies. If there are a lot of students from your country at the University, you may even find there is a national society. It makes you feel more at home. All in all, in terms of social life, the sky (and your budget) is the limit. Good luck!
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See PhD studentship opportunities in Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and more
Are you planning to come to the UK for your PhD? The course fees for international students may seem intimidating at first but rest assured that there are numerous PhD studentships to help you with the costs. We have mentioned some in this article but this is far from an exhaustive list. It’s best to do your own research once you have chosen your dream course and university on the HelloUni app (found on Google Play and iTunes). Here is how you can use the HelloUni app to get the maximum of it.
Open to both UK and overseas students, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance 2018 Prize Studentship Programme offers prize PhD studentships and over 100 other funded PhD places in physics in Scotland. When you apply for a PhD studentship you will also be considered for all other funded places. These places will be available in physics departments. These departments are in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St. Andrews, Strathclyde and University of the West of Scotland. Applications should be made using the online application form by 31st January 2018.
PhD studentships at the London School of Economics
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is awarding over 100 full PhD studentships in 2018 covering the full tuition fees and an annual stipend of £18,000. These are available for students from all over the world undertaking research in any LSE discipline.
Oxford University scholarships
The University of Oxford has over 1,100 fully-funded scholarships for new masters’ and doctoral students in 2018-19. Open to students from all countries, scholarships cover the complete academic range of Oxford’s graduate courses. Filling out a standard course application usually means you will be automatically considered for a scholarship as well. Depending on the course, the application deadline is either the 8 or 19 January 2018.
Nottingham Trent University studentships
Nottingham Trent University offers over 50 fully-funded PhD studentships in 2018 across a range of subjects. Open to applicants who wish to study on a full-time basis only, the PhD studentship will pay UK/EU fees. It will also provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate. Currently, this rate set at £14,553 for up to three years. The studentships are expected to commence in October 2018 while applications close on 30 November.
Edinburgh University PhD studentships
The University of Edinburgh offers fully-funded PhD studentships in Philosophy. The scholarships are open to all students and cover the full-time tuition fee. Moreover, it also covers an annual stipend of £14,553 for three years. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2017. Everyone who applies for the PhD Philosophy programme is automatically considered for a scholarship.
The same PhD studentship is offered to anyone studying Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh. However, the application deadline is 24 November 2017.
As part of the University of Exeter’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme, applications are open for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the College of Humanities. The Hugh Young Studentship aims to support an outstanding international candidate to undertake a PhD in the area of modern or contemporary Indonesian art, literature and politics. The studentship will be available from January 2018 for a period of up to 3 years. It will also cover full International tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,553. The application deadline is 19 November 2017.
The British Heart Foundation offers six 4-Year PhD Studentships to EU applicants wishing to study cardiovascular research training at the University of Manchester. Successful applicants receive full support for their tuition fees, all research expenses and an annual stipend (currently £19,919). The application deadline is 1 December 2017.
The University of Cambridge studentships
The University of Cambridge has a PhD studentships in Zoology and Marine Biology. It covers University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate. It also has a stipend at the RCUK rate for 4 years. And a £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, starting in October 2018. The Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentships are open to candidates of any nationality but overseas applicants would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The application deadline is 4 January 2018.
The AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (Newcastle University, Durham University, and Queen’s University Belfast) is offering fifty PhD studentships for 2018 entry across a range of subject areas. The studentships are open to EU applicants. It will cover tuition fees, an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate (currently £14,553). It will also cover additional funding to cover other study related costs (i.e. study abroad, conference attendance etc). The deadline for applications is 10 January 2018.
The Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics (i.e. University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and University of St. Andrews) is offering four-year PhD studentships to UK/EU citizens for late August 2018 entry. The minimum stipend is £14,764 per annum and there is additional funding for conferences and travel.
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London is without a doubt one of the most popular study abroad destinations among international students. This, coupled with the fact that London is one of the biggest metropolitan cities in Europe with a population of over 10 million, has made it a key educational hub. In this post, we will provide an overview of what the British capital has to offer in terms of universities, colleges and schools.
Top-ranked London Universities
Imperial College London is consistently rated in the top 5 universities in the UK and in top 10 worldwide. Imperial College London is UK’s only university to focus exclusively on science, engineering, medicine and business. The College has an international community with students from over 125 different countries. The International Student Support team offers visa and immigration advice, a year-round programme of events and trips and a free programme of English language support.
King’s College London is one of England’s oldest and most prestigious universities and a member of Russell Group. Consistently ranked in the top 100 universities in the world, King’s College London has a distinguished reputation in the humanities, social science, law, medicine and science. King’s is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and has influenced many of the advances that shape modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. King’s College London has a diverse student community with 41% of its students coming from outside the UK.
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford for the teaching and research of social sciences including economics, politics, law, sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. LSE is renowned for its public events programmes (Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Dalai Lama have all spoken at the university). The school attracts students from 145 countries who benefit from guaranteed accommodation and pre-departure events organised by the university’s alumni around the world. Many LSE programmes allow students the opportunity to link their studies with other institutions around the world, giving them an international perspective.
Newcastle University London is a Russell Group university offering high quality, professionally-focused business degrees. The London campus of Newcastle University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes specifically tailored for the London market. Newcastle University students in London benefit from the opportunity to gain industry experience whilst studying through practical projects, alumni networking events and work placements. The London Campus also offers university preparation programmes for international students as well as a range of scholarships.
Queen Mary is one of the largest colleges of the internationally-recognised University of London and a member of the Russell Group, highly praised for its research. Queen Mary University of London offers more than 700 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and research opportunities across medicine and dentistry, science, engineering, humanities and social sciences. International students comprise 45% of all students at Queen Mary and have access to special welcome events and activities, free English language classes and study workshops, bursaries and scholarships and career guidance.
University College London (UCL) is one of the world’s best universities consistently ranked in the global top 20. UCL is a multidisciplinary university with research-led teaching, also known as “London’s global university”. University College London provides career advice to students at all stages of their degree programmes and offers scholarship opportunities to international students who comprise half of the student community. UCL graduates are highly sought after by employers.
University of Liverpool in London is the postgraduate campus of the Russell Group university delivering vocationally focused programmes and careers support from an award-winning employability team. The University of Liverpool’s excellence in teaching, learning and research places it in the top 1% of universities worldwide. International students benefit from excellent professional and industry links and personalised support.
Postgraduate Study in London
GCU London is the postgraduate university campus of Glasgow Caledonian University. As home to the British School of Fashion, a unique mix of fashion programmes are offered, including the world’s first MSc Digital Fashion Strategy. International students can benefit from a range of support such as Development Workshops, English Language Courses, positive living and wellbeing counselling. GCU London offers a range of scholarships that cover fees and/or maintenance costs.
London Business School’s MBA programmes are consistently ranked among the best in the world. London Business School is recognised worldwide as a key source of business talent and offers the widest range of Masters programmes among top business schools to suit students and executives at every stage of their careers, from MBA to EMBA-Global, Masters in Management to PhD. The school attracts a diverse community of more than 1,800 students from over 130 countries.
The School of Advanced Study is made up of ten prestigious postgraduate research institutes at the University of London which cover a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and social sciences. The school offers full and part-time postgraduate programmes in a number of subject areas including art history, human rights, law, taxation, politics and international development. As a small, specialist postgraduate research institution, the school has a friendly community of students, one-third of whom are international.
Loughborough University London is one of UK’s leading higher education institutions. Loughborough University’s postgraduate study campus welcomes more than half of its students from outside the UK. International students benefit from a team of specialist staff dedicated to supporting them as well as optional English language courses. The University offers a range of scholarships such as an Excellence Scholarship awarded to high achieving students and an Alumni Bursary offering graduates 20% towards the cost of their tuition fees. Loughborough University’s programmes are centred on enterprise and innovation and offered on a full- or part-time basis.
Medical Universities in London
Part of the prestigious University of London, the Institute of Cancer Research is an academic research centre leading the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment. It educates and trains the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians at an internationally recognised postgraduate level.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a leading postgraduate medical institution that specialises in the teaching and research of public health and tropical medicine. Part of the University of London, LSHTM is a top research institution holding one of the world’s most comprehensive library collections in the field. LSHTM’s alumni go on to hold prominent positions in international and national health services, health ministries, the private sector, hospitals and research institutes in more than 180 countries. Much of the school’s work involves worldwide collaboration with research partners overseas.
Royal Veterinary College, University of London is the oldest and largest veterinary school in the UK producing practising veterinary surgeons, bioveterinary scientists and veterinary nurses. The Royal Veterinary College has an international reputation for groundbreaking research in veterinary and biological science. With a graduate employment rate of 99% and accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association allowing graduates to practice in both the EU and North America, students enjoy excellent career prospects. A special induction programme for international students takes place at the start of every academic year.
St George’s, University of London is UK’s only independent medical and healthcare higher education institution offering courses in medicine, biomedical sciences, and health and social care sciences. The university shares a site with St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, one of London’s busiest hospitals, allowing students to obtain practical experience. International students at St George’s come from more than 90 countries and are greeted with a special Welcome Weekend before the start of the autumn term designed to help them settle into life in the UK. There is also a dedicated advisory service for international students offering everything from visa advice, to English language support, to information on money.
Art and Fashion Universities in London
Courtauld Institute of Art is an independent college of the University of London and a leading centre for the history and conservation of art and architecture. Students benefit from excellent facilities, including outstanding libraries and the Courtauld Gallery collection of paintings, drawings and prints, sculpture and decorative arts which is home to iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, as well as numerous other important works from the Renaissance through to the 20th century.
The Royal College of Art is the world’s only wholly postgraduate art and design school offering 24 programmes across the art and design disciplines, delivered through six integral schools focused on architecture, design, fine art, humanities, communication and material. Facilities and technical equipment on offer at the college are among the best of their kind in the world. The Royal College of Art has a vibrant multicultural international community and offers free airport pick-up and international orientation sessions. The annual Summer Show of final year student work is one of the main highlights of the UK art and design events calendar, attracting many potential patrons and employers.
University of the Arts London is a world-leading university for teaching and research in art, design, fashion, communication and performance art, with students from more than 110 countries. As the largest specialist arts and design university in Europe, the University of the Arts offers a diverse range of courses at all degree levels taught by practising artists, designers and communicators. International students have access to a range of scholarships and support services, such as free airport pick-ups, international offices and advisors in visa, immigration and housing issues.
Istituto Marangoni London offers preparatory, three-year undergraduate and masters courses in Fashion. With branches in Milan, London, Paris, Shanghai, Florence, Shenzhen and Mumbai, Istituto Marangoni has been training the professionals of tomorrow in key sectors, such as design, communication and managerial coordination. Students graduating from Instituto Maragoni are awarded a UK degree by Manchester Metropolitan University. In London, there are students from 85 countries studying at Istituto Marangoni with 85% of them coming from outside the UK.
Music and Drama Universities in London
The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama comprises eight schools including the Central School of Ballet, Circus Space, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Every course is intensely practical and students should expect to spend around 35 hours each week in technique classes.
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is among the best specialist institutions in the UK welcoming musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians from over 50 countries around the world. The School has many exchange agreements with prestigious partner institutions across Europe and beyond. As part of its support for international students, the school offers a buddy scheme to put new students into contact with current students.
Royal Academy Of Music, University of London is Britain’s oldest conservatoire and a world-famous institution, providing specialist training in more than 20 musical disciplines including instrumental performance, composition, jazz, musical theatre and opera. The Academy’s teaching staff is made up of highly-respected performers, composers and visiting international musicians. Facilities include a free public museum, state-of-the-art creative technology suites and recording facilities, a range of concert halls, over 100 practice rooms and a library. The Academy’s student community is international, with more than 50 countries represented. English language support and scholarship opportunities are offered on the basis of merit following a live audition.
Royal College of Music is a world-class conservatoire for performers, conductors and composers. Facilities include the famous Britten Theatre and the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. Students receive one-to-one lessons and group master-classes with experienced professors, many of whom are successful performers. The Royal College of Music partners with leading orchestras, opera houses and concert halls in London enabling students to perform on a professional stage, alongside well-known figures in the music industry. More than half of all students come from outside the UK. Support includes advice on anything from accommodation to finances and employability.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is one of the world’s leading centres of music and dance education. Specialised programmes include degrees in jazz, musical theatre, classical music, dance theatre, dance science and choreography, all validated by City University London. Trinity Laban has achieved a success rate of 98% in getting graduates into employment or further study. Personal tutors monitor students’ progress throughout their studies. International students enrolled on particular courses can receive English language support as well as support on personal development, emotional issues, health and well-being.
Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance is one of the largest providers of vocational degrees in theatre and related arts in Europe offering 19 full-time courses at all levels, as well as a number of part-time and youth courses. The campus is equipped with theatres, rehearsal rooms, recording studios, computer laboratories, design and production workshops and a drama library. Teaching is carried out by visiting theatre, film, television and music industry practitioners. Small class sizes and one-to-one tutorials mean that students benefit from regular support and guidance in academic and personal matters.
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is one of the oldest established drama schools in the UK and a college of the University of London. The university offers the largest range of drama, theatre and performance-related degree programmes in Europe. Courses include puppetry, musical theatre, actor training and writing for stage and broadcast media. Facilities include a theatre, performance studios, music practice rooms, video-editing suites, object and puppetry studio, a sound recording studio, props and scenic construction workshop. International students are offered a one-week pre-course before the beginning of studies to make the transition to the UK easier.
Vocational Universities in London
The AA School of Architecture is UK’s oldest and only private school of architecture welcoming most of its full-time students from abroad. The courses offered at the AA School of Architecture include a one-year Foundation Course, providing an introduction to an art and design based education; a five-year ARB/RIBA accredited course in Architecture; and 11 post-graduate programmes.
Coventry University London Campus offers the largest range of business-related degree courses in Europe. All programmes include an internship or a work-related activity to ensure that students gain real-life experience. The university runs a social programme ideal for international students who want to see more of the UK and experience British culture. International students also benefit from the option to obtain a scholarship, attend English language preparation classes and make use of a dedicated Careers and Employability team.
Kingston University London offers vocational courses designed to prepare students for their chosen career by providing them with work-related skills and the chance to gain valuable work experience in industry or commerce. Thanks to the university’s flexible degree structure, students can design their studies to suit their interests. Kingston University London has a thriving, multicultural community with 3,600 international students from 151 countries. Scholarships are available for international students as well as guaranteed university accommodation.
London Metropolitan University has employability at the heart of its curriculum to help graduates get their dream job upon completion of their studies. The university offers support in finding placements, work experience and voluntary opportunities across a wide variety of organisations to make students more employable. London Metropolitan University has a reputation for widening access to education and offers a number of funding options for overseas students as well as a dedicated International Student Advice service.
Ravensbourne University specialises in digital media and design and has excellent reputation enhanced by good industry links, work-based opportunities and careers support. Honours degrees are vocationally focused and include animation, fashion, web media, photography and film, architecture and interior design, music and sound, graphic and motion graphic design. Facilities include high-end production suites, an HD television studio, 2D and 3D print and fabrication. International students comprise around 10% of the university’s 1,700 student population and have access to International Student Advisory Service, an International Student Orientation Programme and specialised English Language Support tutors.
The University of West London places strong emphasis on high-quality teaching and practical workplace skills. Highly ranked subject areas include hospitality and tourism, law, psychology and nursing. International students enjoy a free two-week orientation programme with supported enrolment and social activities. Additional support includes career and practical advice and free pre-sessional English lessons. The University of West London enjoys close links with multinational companies including Apple, British Airways, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft and provides scholarships to international students.
University of Westminster places as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on academic learning. The University provides industry relevant courses and access to placement and internship opportunities by partner employers. The University of Westminster’s international focus attracts more than 5,000 overseas students from 150 countries, reflecting London’s cosmopolitan environment. International students are offered access to scholarships and a range of support services such as counselling, immigration advice and English courses.
London Universities with an International Outlook
Brunel University London is one of the top 25 universities in the world for international students (THE 2017) with recognised Business and Engineering courses. Students who don’t currently meet the requirements for direct entry have the option to enrol on a range of foundation and pre-masters programmes. Each year, Brunel University offers more than 100 scholarships to help international students partially fund university fees and living costs.
City, University of London is famed for its international focus and the employability of its graduates. The university has seven schools which focus on business, law, community and health sciences, arts, informatics, engineering and mathematical sciences, and social sciences. City has one of the highest proportions of international students of any university in the UK.
Goldsmiths has been part of the world-renowned University of London for more than 100 years, so the quality of its degrees is internationally recognised. Goldsmiths is one of the UK’s leading universities for creative arts, social sciences, computing and entrepreneurial management. Recognised as one of the UK’s top creative and political universities by students, Goldsmiths has a thriving international community and offers a range of scholarships to international postgraduate students.
Royal Holloway, University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, with 19 academic departments spanning the arts and humanities, social sciences, management and economics. Around one third of all students at Royal Holloway come from outside the UK and those coming from non-native English speaking countries can receive free academic and language support. Each year Royal Holloway dedicates £60,000 to outstanding international undergraduate students via their International Excellence Scholarships.
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London is Europe’s only higher education institution specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. The School of Oriental and African Studies is famous for its unparalleled range of non-European language courses and study abroad opportunities. SOAS has a multicultural student community from 160 countries. International students are greeted with a special welcome day before the start of the autumn term and offered additional English language courses. A student welfare officer provides advice on matters such as visas, finances and working in the UK.
University of East London is one of the UK’s most diverse and fast-growing universities, with more than 28,000 students from 120 countries worldwide. Students can choose from more than 130 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, ranging from accountancy, architecture or business, to sports coaching, theatre studies or toxicology as well as a range of short courses and work-based learning programmes. International students have access to an airport pick-up service and a variety of social events. The university is renowned for providing international students with excellent support services, visa advice and language support as well as a variety of scholarships.
The University of Greenwich offers more than 1,200 postgraduate and degree programmes, including accounting and finance, chemistry, agriculture, computing, engineering, pharmacy and sociology. Greenwich’s adult nursing and law courses are highly recognised. With strong links to business, many of the university’s programmes include a work experience element. The University of Greenwich has a thriving international community with students from 140 countries who benefit from access to scholarships, English language tuition, advice on personal and welfare matters and immigration issues.
Middlesex University offers more than 400 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including art and design, business, health, education, law, media, performing arts, and science and technology. The university is renowned for the development of today’s creative industries – art, design and media students train in industry-standard studios and digital workshops. Middlesex University is one of the most popular UK universities for international students. The University offers English courses as well as career advice and support in finding relevant work placements.
Regent’s University London is London’s only independent, not-for-profit university, offering both UK and American-style degree programmes in a wide range of fields, including business and management, finance, humanities, creative arts, social sciences and design. In addition to having a multicultural student body, intercultural exchange and international languages are a crucial part of the education at Regent’s with many students spending a portion of their studies abroad, gaining experience of other cultures, languages and work practices. Regent’s is committed to internationalism and all programmes are taught from an international perspective. Being an independent institution, all students pay the same tuition fees, regardless of nationality.
Flexible Study Options in London
Birkbeck, University of London is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education allowing students to work while studying. Birkbeck has an international reputation and attracts a cosmopolitan population of students from 120 countries to its Schools of Arts, Science, Social Sciences, Law and Business.
London South Bank University is one of the largest and oldest universities in London, with more than 25,000 students from over 130 countries. The university offers students the flexibility to study the majority of courses on a part-time basis and offers scholarships to international students. The active Student Union runs lots of clubs, societies and sporting activities and has the number one university basketball teams for men and women in London.
St Mary’s University, Twickenham offers courses in teaching, drama, media, health and exercise, social sciences, sports, theology and management. St Mary’s offers flexibility in course structure with many subject combinations possible. The university has state-of-the-art sports facilities and offers work experience modules on many study programmes. Within six months of graduation, 97% of St Mary’s alumni are engaged in employment or postgraduate study. St Mary’s University doesn’t support undergraduate scholarships but has some of the most competitive tuition and accommodation fees in London and offers ten overseas postgraduate scholarships of £5,000 each.
University of London International Programmes offer students the opportunity to obtain a prestigious University of London degree through distance learning. The University of London International Academy collaborates with 12 Colleges of the University of London to offer flexible and distance learning undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, foundation courses, diplomas and certificates. Students get access to the university’s online library and receive course materials by post. They can choose to study independently or attend local face-to-face classes. More than 50,000 students in 180 countries are currently participating in courses ranging from social sciences to law to health.
University of Roehampton is committed to providing higher education opportunities to students regardless of their background. Roehampton has a diverse community of 10,000 students from 140 countries with over half being the first in their family to attend university. Students get a say in how the University is run and all international students are guaranteed on-campus accommodation. Particularly prominent courses at Roehampton include Film and Photography, Journalism and English & Creative Writing and teacher training.
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Studying abroad has many obvious benefits. You get to travel, explore a new culture, and immerse yourself in a different environment. However, did you know it can also make your CV stand out to employers? Therefore, Hellouni presents five ways how studying abroad makes you more employable.
It proves to employers that you are able and willing to step out of your comfort zone
Settling in a new country and adjusting to a different teaching system is a unique experience. Yes, it may seem challenging at first, but that is a good thing. Moreover, as time passes you will build up your confidence and self-awareness. Nevertheless, you will learn how to think on your feet and deal with unfamiliar situations. Thus, these are all essential transferable skills that will benefit not only your career but your future as well.
It advances your cross-cultural awareness
Globalisation has long since made companies international and workplaces diverse. Therefore, having a sound cultural understanding and international experience behind your back shows employers that you can work effectively with people from different backgrounds. Moreover, the knowledge you will have of different cultures makes you a more interesting person and gives you something to talk about at interviews. Therefore, make sure you mention it when you are asked to give an example of a time when you have successfully worked in a team or solved a problem.
It makes you more adaptable
Moving away from home is a big step. Thus, moving to a different country is an even bigger one. However, it certainly makes you more adaptable. In addition, being adaptable is a transferable quality that you could apply to any job or workplace. Therefore, employers are always on the lookout for people who are flexible and capable to think independently. Furthermore, you will perfect your organizational skills. Even the odd sightseeing trip requires project management skills such as planning your time and budget.
It allows you to master a foreign language
Remember what we said about globalization earlier? Fluency in a foreign language can significantly boost your employability. Moreover, a degree studied abroad is much more valuable than any language certificate you could get. Nevertheless, speaking a foreign language also means that you are most likely aware of the cultural norms and codes of behavior which you could easily apply to a business environment. Add to this the communication skills you develop while reading, writing and speaking in that language and you immediately become a more desirable hire.
It opens more doors
By immersing yourself in a new environment you will get to meet people you wouldn’t have met otherwise. In addition, by making new friends, you will grow your professional network. Regardless of whether you plan on returning home or living abroad after graduation, knowing that you have a diverse network of contacts you can rely on is priceless. Thus, keeping in touch with people from all over the world means that wherever your career takes you, there will already be someone there who can give you a hand.