Unis Abroad: What are my choices?
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Many universities offer advantageous courses for those academically minded-or for those who don't fancy facing up to the working world just yet! Make sure you speak to your Year Abroad coordinator and have a look at the partner universities available to you. If you don't like the choice on offer, or you feel that you could come up with something altogether more tailored to your tastes, then be adventurous and explore different avenues.Choosing your foreign university A great place to start is to have a look at the Times Higher Education Supplement for their take on the highest ranking international universities. Don't forget to Google any country-related actors/musicians/chefs etc and find out where they studied; you never know, it might be lead to finding your career path! Courses can be longer in some places, so don't forget to do your research and make sure you can attend for the specified length of time. Some universities also require you to pass an entry exam—make sure you read the small print and get in touch with the course coordinator. An added bonus of finding your own university/school means that you can make sure it's the right place for you, proving on your CV that you can take initiative and be resourceful. Finding your perfect mix of academic studies and institution doesn't have to be a strenuous affair—just make sure you get in touch with as many people as possible and explore different avenues.
The benefits of studying over working abroad Studying in a foreign country brings lots of plus sides with it; you'll get a better grasp of the language(both written and spoken), you'll make loads of friends (local, national and foreign), you'll be in touch with student societies and activities and, picking carefully, you're bound to study something you love. Just make sure you check out your home and accommodating universities' course requirements: workload and paperwork can vary from country to country, institution to institution. You'll come back a more rounded person; you'll have developed essay writing and presentational skills, being confident with the language and the culture! And you'll obviously have many a 'and there was this one time, in [insert town]' story to tell! You might even want to consider carrying on with postgraduate opportunities out there! Check out our country profiles for more information about student life out there!
Your other option... Working abroad: walking the walk and talking the talk