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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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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Things You Will Learn Alongside Your  Academic Degree

Things You Will Learn Alongside Your Academic Degree

The university experience is never limited to your academic degree only. Students here are learning more than how to cook pasta and survive on limited funds!

 

 

 

1. All-nighters do not equal hard work

How many people have you met that actually do their best work minutes before the deadline? It’s unlikely to be a very high number. At some point, you will learn that time management is more than a skill you add to your LinkedIn profile to make you seem more professional. 

 

Things You Will Learn Alongside Your Academic Degree

 

 

2. Working in a group is tough

Whether you like working in a team or prefer to be a lone wolf, there’s little disagreement that working with other people can be hard. This is especially evident in academic degree such as marketing because people’s personalities and learning preferences differ a lot. Learning how to be a useful team member and when to take the responsibility as a leader will change your perspective on teamwork for the better!

 

Things You Will Learn Alongside Your Academic Degree

 

 

3. Deadlines can be useful

I know, what’s that about? The thing about deadlines is that you probably have several of them piled up all within one week or even a day. Use the dates to plan out your coursework or exam prep in advance, instead of waiting around for months just to feel the crushing weight of deadlines approaching. We’ve all been there.

 

 

4. Asking for help is okay

At some point, all of us have experienced what it’s like to listen to a teacher/lecturer but not really hear anything. Sometimes it’s inevitable. What you will come to realize is that it’s okay to reach out to your lecturers, teachers, and tutors and ask for clarification on your coursework or other important things. The student has to understand that he/she is not the only one confused and the university wants you to succeed!

 

 

Things You Will Learn Alongside Your Academic Degree

 

 

5. Suggested reading lists are excellent

Most students underrate suggested reading links Don’t know where to look for material for your research? Or perhaps you want to explore that one theory your lecturer quickly mentioned in their presentation? Library of your University contains thousands of books and articles so having a look at a suggested reading list is going to save you a lot of valuable time!

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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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.

 

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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

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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Cheap studying abroad tips

Cheap studying abroad tips

Studying abroad price is one of the main barriers that is stopping students to explore the world and gain experiences. However, it does not have to be this way. Hellouni is providing few tips for cheap studying abroad that could allow more students to experience this unforgettable journey.

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Scholarships

  • Most of the international students are usually surprised when they find out how many international scholarships exist in the world. Wherever students are planning to study abroad there is always a possibility for them to receive extra funding. @Hellouni strongly recommends abroad students to visit TopUniversities website and find out how much money they can receive from each scholarship.

Find your nationality below and click the link to find out more information about scholarship that might be perfect for you:

Source: TopUniversities

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Affordable study program, university, and country

Overall expenses of studying abroad always depend on which place the student is choosing. `Also, which program attracts student the most. For example, in the United Kingdom, all public universities have one fare, which is £9,000 a year (just for studies). Whereas in different countries it may depend on the university itself and the fares that it charges for studies. Nevertheless, students have to realize that the prices of studies are not the only indicator of how much money they will spend. It is also about the choice of the country. Different countries, different prices of living.

Click here for more information about cheapest places to study abroad- and countries who offer free education for international students (post is coming soon)

 

 

 

Part-time job

If a student is planning to study abroad for a year or even become a full-time international student, Hellouni always suggests considering a job possibility.  It is popular among abroad students to get a part-time job, which usually means around 20 hours of work (per week). However, it is not easy to get a job if a student has visa restrictions or intensive course in university. On the other hand, at least 5 hours of weekly working might help the student to cover his food expenses and some bills.

Note: in order to get a better job opportunity, Hellouni recommends students to arrive at their study abroad destination a bit earlier. Which means arriving at least 2 weeks earlier than the University begins. By doing this, international students can apply for jobs earlier, go to interviews and receive an offer before everyone else does. Also, if you are giving away paper CV’s, always call a manager and give him/her CV in hands. It is because regular staff might accidentally (or not) throw away your CV which will never reach the manager.

 

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Smart budgeting

Receiving a scholarship or getting into the fairly priced program is not the end of the saving game. As I was an international student myself (twice) I know how fast savings are disappearing for things like food, travels, parties etc. However, there is always a way to have fun and keep your bank account happy.

Click here to learn more about smart saving tips on travels, living, and food

 

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Student discount

You will be surprised at the number of discounts that ISIC is offering. International Student Identity card is a must-have for every abroad student as it offers 10% to even 50% discounts. And these discounts are in almost every place in the world! Nevertheless, students have to receive their own university student card which offers good discounts in local areas, such as a campus or the city.

 

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Summing everything up, by using these tips, you will definitely have a bigger chance to have a cheap studying abroad experience. And if an idea to have a cheap studying abroad experience does not go as it was planned, do not stress. Always remember that every university has a support center where they can help you with your finances and an extra loan if needed.

If you have any questions regarding studying abroad, do not hesitate to ask us! Comment your question down below and Hellouni team will answer it as soon as possible!

Top reasons why you should NOT go to study abroad

Top reasons why you should NOT go to study abroad

Deciding whether to go for a study abroad can be a complicated process for students. Therefore, @Hellouni we present you 5 reasons below of why a student should not go to study abroad :

 

  • Your mom’s home-made food is too tasty for you to leave home. Oh, and imagine doing laundry by yourself…

not to do study abroad reasons

  • Old friends will remain your friends forever. So, there is absolutely no reason to meet new people.

 

  • You can easily get a job at your local store, so career opportunities are good enough.

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  • Your local city will never become boring and there is no need to explore new places in the world.

 

  •  You have a perfect life in a comfort zone.

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Agree with all points above?
So does the Lucy! She always believed that going away from home does not make any sense and that everyone should not go to study abroad. Lucy also thinks it is a waste of both money and time. Let’s see how her profile looks below:

 

 

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Do you want your profile look similar to Lucy’s? Or that is not who you want to become? Well…then studying abroad is a suitable opportunity for you!

We expect that all the above-mentioned reasons making sense to you (who would not miss the home cooking and long-term friends). After all, why bother with enriching your life, or getting out of the comfort zone, if it is that comfortable! However, @Hellouni heard too many amazing things about becoming an international student that it won’t recommend it for you.

And it is not just about becoming an international student, going to different lectures and studying different topics. Studying abroad is also about becoming an international citizen of the world. This experience is ultimate, a life-enriching experience that will potentially change the path of your life, move you to a new playground intellectually, emotionally and financially.

Diversity is one of the most important things these days and do you know that the one person who loves people and know how to interact with people from different cultures? Your future boss! By the way, have you ever come across a company with all employees from one cultural background?  Me neither! So, I believe that studying abroad is the best experience for someone who can learn about different cultures by meeting people from all over the world. It is all about networking, right? Speaking of keeping old friends, nowadays it is so easy for everyone to reach and connect with anyone through facetime, Skype, WhatsApp and many more platforms.

 

 

Oh, and speaking about mom’s food… We do agree that it is amazing but have you ever tasted real American bagel with cream cheese and crispy bacon? Or fresh fish&chips from the UK that everyone is talking about? Mmmmm…

And imagine eating that bagel on the top of the Empire State building, where whole New York is in under your feet. Or eating those fish&chips near the London Eye and later on, catching a bus to the St’Pauls Cathedral where you can meet up with your international friends.

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Empire State building in New York, USA

Still not convinced?

Well then let’s take a look at some recent facts about the benefits of studying abroad from a survey by International Education of Students Abroad:

Cultural Development

98% reported the study abroad experience helped them to better understand their own cultural values and biases
94% stated that the experience continues to influence their interactions with people from different cultures
90% said studying abroad influenced them to seek out a greater diversity of friends

 

Career Impact

76% reported they acquired skill sets while studying abroad that influenced their career path
62% said studying abroad ignited an interest in a career direction pursued after the experience
48% Stated that they have worked internationally or participated in volunteer activities since studying abroad

 

Personal Growth

97% Reported that studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity
96% Indicated that it increased self-confidence
95% Stated that it has had a lasting impact on their worldview
89% Said studying abroad enabled them to better tolerate ambiguity

 

Suddenly changed your mind and think that study abroad is worth giving a shot? Use @Hellouni services and connect with ambassadors from different universities around the world! Through our website, you will be able to receive answers to your questions regarding where to study, what subject was most interesting for ambassadors and also what tips and recommendations they are providing for you.

 

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