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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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For all international students who are interested in engineering, Hellouni recommends studying engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland. Do you want to know why? Here are some facts about the UWS, their engineering and computing course and much more.
The University of the West of Scotland is one of the leading players in computing and IT
This University’s School of Engineering and Computing is building a relationship between education, research, and practice. Here, students and academics provide value to society and organizations. UWS is a 21st-century learning organization developed to create the workforce of the future.
The rewards of UWS speak for themselves
It is hard to count how many rewards this university gained over the years. Most recent of them include being:
Top in Scotland for student satisfaction in Aeronautical and Manufacturing, Chemical, Civil and General Engineering. Source: Complete University Guide 2018.
Nevertheless, graduates of engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland have gone on to work with major companies such as IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, BAE Systems, CERN, Fujitsu, Logica, Motorola, Nikon Europe, etc.
The University of the West of Scotland student experience is excellent
It is always a good idea to check the feedback from students. Therefore, it is worth to mention that the 94% of students from the School of Engineering & Computing would recommend UWS to others. Nevertheless, 97% of students from the School of Engineering & Computing agreed that staff is good at explaining things.
Moreover, here students are benefiting from a vibrant and immersive student community as well as on-campus secured accommodation with individual rooms, WIFI, and ensuite bathroom.
International students of the University of the West of Scotland
In terms of international students, UWS is providing pre-sessional English Language and regular academic support. Nevertheless, UWS main campus is 5 minutes from Glasgow International Airport and 10 minutes from Glasgow City Centre by train. To your trip, you can also include free airport pick-up upon arrival and a warm welcome to the University
To start with, as an international student coming to the UK, it is important to understand and try to adapt to the culture. Nevertheless, we know how difficult it can be to know the do’s and don’ts in the UK. Therefore we’ve put together a list of the 10 things you should NEVER do in the UK. It may take you a little time to get used to your surroundings and don’t be embarrassed to make mistakes. Moreover, your culture may be very different and it can be a little overwhelming at first. However, we’re confident that our list will help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls new students make when they arrive in the UK.
1. Call the United Kingdom “England”
It is important to know that the UK’s official full name is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is made up of 4 countries- Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Moreover, each country has its own distinctive culture, national identity, and government.
Nevertheless, nothing is more cringe-worthy than hearing someone say how “beautiful England is” when they are standing in front of Loch Ness in Scotland.
Also, calling someone from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland is seen as very offensive and you should not do it. If you are in any doubt, stick with calling someone British.
To be honest, when someone asks “How are you?” or “Alright?”, this is not a cue for you to tell them about your medical history and how your left nostril is a bit sore today. British people don’t care how you really are. Nevertheless, asking someone “how are you?” is part of civilities and small-talk in the UK. The correct answer to this question is “Fine, Thanks. How are you?”. Afterwards, the British person will then guide the conversation onto another topic, such as the weather.
3. Don’t block the escalators
It is an unspoken rule in British society that the left-hand side of the escalator is reserved for those people who are in a hurry. If you want to stand still, you should stay on the right-hand side
4. Ignoring the queuing system
Furthermore, another unspoken rule in British society is the art of queuing. Stay in line directly behind the person in front of you and wait your turn. Therefore, if everyone obeys the queuing rules, nobody gets angry.
5. Don’t forget your manners
British people are taught from a very young age to mind their “p’s and q’s”. This means to remember to say “please” and “thank you.” Forgetting to say these little words can make a big difference to how British people will react to you.
British people are distant from meeting strangers. Hence, it is a cultural thing that physical contact is reserved for those with whom they feel comfortable around. Therefore, when you meet someone for the first time, shake their hand. However, do not give them a hug or kiss them on the cheeks unless they have otherwise said so.
7. Asking if they know the queen
There are 65.64 million people in the UK, not all of them know the Queen.
8. Doing a British Accent
First of all, no matter how many times you have practiced, your British accent is probably not that good. However, save it for a bit later once you’ve made good friends with a British person
9. Refusing a cup of Tea
Offering someone a cup of tea when they come to visit your house is a welcoming gesture. To refuse the cup of tea tells your host that you do not feel welcome in their house and can be seen as rude
10. Talking about religion or politics with someone you don’t know
These topics are not discussed openly in public and a lot of British people feel uncomfortable talking about this with someone they don’t know for fear of offending them.
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Deciding where to study in the UK is one of the biggest dilemmas faced by international and UK-born students alike. If you have already been thinking seriously about studying in the UK, one of your main concerns may have been the cost of study. The UK’s world-renowned universities accept thousands upon thousands of new applicants every year from all around the globe. This means that competition for places at the top universities is high and they can charge up to £50,130 per year for certain courses. This article aims to help you to decide whether studying in the UK is the right decision for you and how to finance your higher education.
A major concern for most internationals students is whether the cost of tuition fees will be worth it in the long term, i.e will it help you in your future career plans.
The UK course fees for international students vary greatly.
Usually it is dependent on what university or institution you will be studying at
It can also depend on what course you are studying, as well as how long your course is.
For some students, you may be entitled to some help to cover the costs of tuition fees from your home country. Download our app to find out what scholarships you may be eligible for.
Average Cost for Undergraduate Degree Programmes
Undergraduate courses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland run for an average of 3 years, but this can depend on what time of course you are taking where it may be longer i.e. Medicine or Dentistry. Undergraduate degree courses in Scotland typically take 4 years to complete.
International undergraduate tuition fees vary. They start at around £10,000 (~US$12,300) and can go up to £35,000 (~US$43,100) or more for medical degrees.
If you are thinking of studying an English language program in the UK, you need to check whether your course is accredited.
Cost of Living in the UK
According to the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS), the average cost of living in England (outside of London) for students is UK£12,056 (~US$14,800) per year. Most students should expect to spend around £150 (~US$180) per month on food and groceries, that is £1,350 (~US$1,660) per academic year.
If you wish to study in London, you should expect to pay £15,180 (~US$18,700) per year for food and groceries.
If you need to apply for a visa to live in the UK: you will need to provide evidence that you can afford to financially support yourself while you are here. Read more about how to apply online in our Visa blog.
When you combine the cost of tuition fees with the cost of living in the UK, the total average cost comes to at least £22,000 (~$27,040) per year.
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