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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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
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!
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.
Evo student accommodation
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.
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).
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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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.
Nordic countries have free education
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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:
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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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:
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.
Source: Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2017
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
For 2018/2019 academic year, University of West Scotland partner students will receive the following:
• Anniversary Scholarships of £1,500
• Dean’s Scholarship (Engineering and Computing) of £1,000
For subsequent years of study, Dean’s Scholarship, for students who progress, of up to £2,000 per year
Do you want to learn more about studying engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland?
Check out Hellouni app (for Android; for iPhone) where you can find UWS ranking, employment status, graduate’s average salary and much more.
You can even contact one of the Hellouni ambassadors Dr. David Ndzi and send him a message with your questions and concerns about studying in the University of the West of Scotland!