How to choose a university that will be perfect for you?

How to choose a university that will be perfect for you?

Every single day students are browsing for information on how to choose a university. Some people decide to use agencies, some just use Google as the main source of information. However, Hellouni opens a completely new opportunity that will help students to choose a university!

 

Do not trust agencies

It might be shocking to you, however, the truth is that education-support agencies nowadays is just another marketing tool that most universities use. This means that in order to receive more money from students tuition, some universities pay agencies to promote their study programmes. For example, if a student comes to an agent and asks for recommendations about two different study programmes, it might be that agent will promote the same university. Moreover, sometimes this promoted university might not even have a programme that is suitable for you. Then, the agent can try to switch your studying preferences and make you choose a different programme, which the promoted university has.

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Google is a good option but not the best

As you may know, Google has an answer to probably everything. Students can easily search for university rankings and also look what is happening in university. Everyone can find university’s website with every study programme description as well as find out what professors work in the university. You can also google what is happening around, what shops, restaurants, and gyms are in the city that university is placed. However, this is just a general information and no one can actually support you and recommend you the best option.

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Connect to real people who actually went to a particular university and have real experience

What can actually be better than that? Receiving real and not-promoted information as well as advice and tips is absolutely great. However, how can you find those students or alumnus who went to specific university? Well, we can say that you are just in the right place! Based on this question we created Hellouni student community, which in other words is digital peer-to-peer communication platform.

 

If you are a current/graduate student or alumnus, you can register as an ambassador. Nevertheless, if you are a future student looking for high-quality help, register yourself as a user. Every member of our exclusive community is 100% verified and is always ready to help.

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Join us now before it is too late! Hellouni now announced first 50 free registration spots, therefore spot in our community is high-valued and strictly limited! Right now we have ambassadors/peers who are currently studying at the following top UK universities. Our list includes: University College of London, London Art University, University of Sussex, University of Glasgow, University of Hertfordshire, University of Sheffield, University of Stirling, University of the West of Scotland, University of Oxford, University of Southampton

The students cover the following subjects: Computer Science, Big Data, Engineering, Economics, Maths, Banking and Finance, Fashion Management, Marketing and Business, IT and Business, Literature and Languages, Pure Art, Accounting and Psychology.
The level of studies – from A-level, foundation, language school, exchange, undergraduate, postgraduate, post-doc and fellowship

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Student experience at the University of Glasgow

Student experience at the University of Glasgow

I’m Kirsten and I study French & German at the University of Glasgow. I am currently in my 5th year and will be graduating in June 2018. 

Here’s what you need to know about my degree at the University of Glasgow:

 

About University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. It is currently a member of an international network of research universities ( Universitas 21) and the Russell Group.  Many influential figures have studied or worked at the University of Glasgow including three British Prime Ministers, the pioneer of television John Logie Baird, and more recently actor Gerard Butler and singer Emeli Sandé.

The university boasts world-class sporting facilities and one of the best libraries in Europe. Moreover, it offers a diverse range of subject disciplines offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  The University encourages its students to think of themselves as “World Changers” and offers bursaries and scholarships to support students financially along the way.

The university is situated in the fashionable West End of Glasgow. It is just a stone’s throw away from the city center. The West End is home to numerous cafés, pubs, music venues, and vintage shops. It is widely regarded as a sort of ‘hipster paradise.

 

National Geographic Traveller voted Glasgow the “coolest city in the UK”. It could be due in part to the impressive selection of music events across a range of genres on show throughout the year. Nevertheless, its reputation for the best shopping outside of London and its lively inhabitants. Glasgow was also voted the friendliest city in the world by readers of Rough guides and Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

University of Glasgow

 

French & German

I made the decision to do a joint honors degree combining French and German but it is possible to study either as a single honors subject. This will not have any impact on the length of time your degree takes to complete, as five years is the standard duration of an MA languages degree at the University of Glasgow.

 

 

1st Year

In the first year, the course is structured as a split between language and culture. In the language modules, you will attend written and spoken classes. You can expect weekly translations, grammar homework, and preparation for spoken classes. In the culture modules, you will cover topics such as literature, history, and cinema to introduce you to key aspects of the culture

 University of Glasgow

 

 

2nd Year

In the second year, you will expand your linguistic skills as the translation texts and spoken language topics become more complex. You will also study key themes in the society and culture of your chosen language. In your second year, you will be preparing for your year abroad, and it is worth noting that you will have to attain a certain language grade in order to go abroad in your 3rd Year.

 

 

 

3rd Year (Study Abroad)

This year will be spent in the country, or one of the countries, where your chosen language is spoken. Most students either spend this time working for the British council or studying in an Erasmus program at one of University of Glasgow’s partner universities.

I went to France during my year abroad and worked as a teaching assistant in a high school in Paris.
The university expects that during your year abroad you will immerse yourself in the language and culture. You will not have any exams or coursework this year but I would advise that you still regularly check your university emails in case there is anything important that comes up.

University of Glasgow

 

4th Year

When you return from your year abroad you are able to choose your own culture modules based on your interests. There is a range of different options from literature, cinema, and history.
If you are a joint honors student, you will leave to spend at least 3 months in the country, or one of the countries, where your second language subject is spoken. Again, you can choose to do a semester at one of the partner universities or get an internship. In my case, I spent 6 months working in Germany.

It is worth noting that in this year, all your grades for your culture modules count towards your final mark.

 

 

5th Year

This is your final year and is when you write your dissertation.This is your most important year and it is markedly more stressful because this is your last chance to improve your language skills before your final exams. This is why it is very important that you make the most of your time abroad because it will make your 5th year much easier and less stressful! As one of my tutors said, “you can’t cram a language” and unlike other degree subjects, you will not be able to study just for your final exams.

University of Glasgow

Expectations Vs. Reality

University is enjoyable and I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have had over the course of my degree. However, contrary to how languages degrees are depicted by the media and the pretty photos of exotic places you see on Instagram. A languages degree is not easy and will require a lot of dedication. Perhaps so than other degrees as you will be required to live abroad for a year at least. Saying, that, I certainly do not regret choosing this degree and it was definitely the right choice for me.

If you want to read more about university life outside of studying as well, check out some of our other blogs:

Student Life in the UK, Freshers Week, Scholarships & Funding, Staying Healthy at Uni

Also, just a heads up: your grammar textbook will be your new best friend.

University of Glasgow

 

 

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My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

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What is it like to study at Oxford University?

What is it like to study at Oxford University?

Would you like to know what it is like to study at Oxford University? Well, the best-chosen answer from our community it that Oxford University is a magical place. The university creates an environment which facilitates personal development.

Oxford University network

First of all, you are surrounded all the world-class top academics and professors in the subject and you are welcomed to contact them.

Oxford University students diversity

Secondly (especially at postgraduate level), you will meet a group of intelligent students from a diverse background. The students will form a network which will help you to progress both professionally and personally.
Moreover, the college system is fantastic. As they are inter-disciplinary communities, you meet people studying every conceivable subject from all over the world.
What is it like to study at Oxford University?

Oxford University resources

Thirdly, the resources and perks are unrivaled. Four-course meals in gowns in ornate centuries-old dining halls for about £5. Subsidised alcohol and food. Oxford University is entitled to a copy of every book published in English and can have it delivered to any library to collect within 24 hours. Any books they do not yet have, they buy on request. The world’s top thinkers will come just to give a seminar to ten people in a side room due to the prestige of the place. Moreover, most of these events are furbished with free wine and food. You meet prime ministers and all sorts very casually there. They subsidize artistic production so you can go see world-famous orchestras and opera companies and plays for next to nothing.
 What is it like to study at Oxford University?

Oxford city

Fourth, the city is gorgeous. The town is tiny and close to London I(you can walk from one side to the other in 35/40mins), so you are only ten minutes or so away from anything you could ever need.
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Negative side of Oxford University

Fifth, the experience of studying at Oxford does come at a premium and that is pressure. Students need to have academic excellence and maintain an active social life during term time. Moreover, everyone has heavy workload = 60 hours a week and there is a high chance of developing mental illness and anxiety.
What is it like to study at Oxford University?
However, if you are willing to work hard and sacrifice your social life and choose to sleep when the term is over, you will develop as a human being at an exponential rate.

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My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

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My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

According to TopUniversities, Montreal was named as the number 1 and the best student city in the world. And I was the lucky one who experienced what is like to be a student in this amazing city.

My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

About Montreal

Starting from my very first day Montreal, everything changed for me. I was stressing about all the new buildings, new people, new rules and fact that home is so far away. I have not even realized then how many unforgettable memories and friends I am going to make in here.

Surrounded by concrete jungle, I began to explore Montreal. No wonder this city was named as the best student city as it has everything you need. Starting with incredible tourist places like Mont-Royal, lots of cafes and one of the best Universities in the world. For those who like socializing, Montreal has Saint Laurent Boulevard. During the day, this street is filled with people who are shopping, but when the sun goes down, Saint Laurent becomes a party street!

Montreal Downtown

My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

Mont-Royal

 

Moreover, I was so surprised when I realized that my Evo student accommodation was right next to the Old Town of Montreal. I spend one-hour walking through the streets of it and that was enough to fell in love with this place.

My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

Evo student accommodation

 

 

Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

 

 

My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

Old Town Montreal

 

I believe it would be hard to find a person who would not want to live in Montreal. It is because here you can find everything: Downtown, Old Town, Artist district, Little Italy, China Town, campuses and even more.

 

 

Studying at John Molson School of Business

I have chosen Montreal and JMSB as my number 1 choice for studying abroad and I was so happy when I found out I got accepted to it. My lectures started the next day from my arrival, therefore this abroad experience was really intense from the beginning. It took me 20 Google Maps searches and about 5 questions to locals to finally reach my University. Montreal city is full of small streets, therefore for a new visitor like me, it was very easy to get lost.

My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

John Molson School of Business is ranked as a best 24th business school in the world. Thus, as you can imagine school’s building was a huge skyscraper. It was so different from my University which had 2 floors and here I am in a giant building of 25 floors. I did not know how long lectures are in JMSB, therefore I ended up sitting all hungry and thirsty in my first 3-hour Retailing lecture. Over the weeks, I realized how helpful longer lectures are because then students get more focused and have more time to ask professor questions. I was also surprised with the different grading system and mid-term exams (that was not a good kind of surprise).

My experience in the best student city in the world: Montreal

Overall, I have to admit that I honestly miss Montreal every day. This city definitely proved that it is the best place on earth for students. I learned so many new things, adapted to totally different culture as well as made lots of international friends. I am now checking the flight prices via Skyscanner and planning my trip back to this amazing city of Canada.

 

 

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Cheapest places to study abroad and free education

Cheapest places to study abroad and free education

 

We received so many questions from students asking if there are any free education and cheap studying abroad destinations. And the answer is YES! By finding a tuition-free university and following tips for cheap studying abroad, students can get new experiences at no charge. Comparing ranking of the universities and prices for studying, Europe stands as the top destination for studies. Here, students can find plenty low-cost university programs and even get a free education. Therefore, Hellouni and TopUniversities present you cheapest places to study abroad.

 

cheapest places for studying abroad and free education

 

 

 

Nordic countries have free education

 

  • Finland

For EU/ EEA citizens, education in Finland is tuition-free. However, if you are a student from outside EU/EEA, note that different conditions and fees will apply to you. For abroad students (outside EU) who want to get a degree in Finland taught in English, studies will cost a minimum of 1,500 euros a year. According to MastersPortal, average tuition fees in Finland may range from 10,000 to 25,000 euros a year.

Note: if you are international students from outside EU/EEA and want to study a course in Finland taught in Finnish, you will not pay any tuition fees!

cheapest places for studying abroad and free education

 

  • Sweden

Similarly to Finland, education in Sweden is free for EU/EEA citizens. Moreover, same terms apply to students from outside EU, which mean they have to pay tuition fees. However, Sweden is offering studies for a bit cheaper price. Here, average tuition fees for abroad students range from 8,000 to 14,000 euros for a full study year.

cheapest places for studying abroad and free education

 

  • Norway

If you are a student that lives outside EU but wants to study in Nordic countries, Norway might be the best decision for you! It is because here education is free for all students.

Note: all students must pay semester administration fee which varies from 30 to 65 euros. MastersPortal states that this amount of money will cover health services and sports/cultural activities.

Nevertheless, in Norway, most courses are taught in Norwegian, therefore it might be hard to find a suitable course in English.

cheapest places for studying abroad and free education

 

 

Germany has free education

Students from all around the world are benefiting from completely free education in Germany! TopUniversities claims that universities in Germany are only charging a small administrative fee which ranges from 150 to 250 euros a year. This charge will cover student’s expenses for bus tickets to the university, student cafes, and more.

Note: According to MastersPortal, if a student is planning to study in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, they have to pay tuition. It will be approximately 1,500 euros per semester.

 

cheapest places for studying abroad and free education

 

 

 

 

France has free education (almost)

Comparing UK’s tuition fee for studies which is £9,000 (10,160 euros), French universities are only charging €184 per year! Most importantly, the same fee applies to both home (EU) and international students. Moreover, according to TopUniversities, Paris was ranked as the second best student city in the world!

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As you can see from now, studying abroad can be cheaper than you think! You just need to know where to look. It can even be free if you will find yourself a suitable tuition-free university and make sure that either scholarship or part-time job will cover the rest of your expenses.

Read more about tips for cheap studying abroad here

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