Choosing the Right Course and University in the UK

Published On: 25 Jun 2012

 | Last Updated On: 26 Mar 2013

Studying in the UK can be a very exciting prospect, considering that it changes the way you live your life. Imposing the anxiety of being away from your loved ones and the comfortable setting and surroundings of your home, studying in another country can really test your patience at times! However, the decision to study in the UK is a very important one. It is a major turning point in the life of the applicant, who must make the most of it if given the chance. The most important and crucial part of moving abroad for higher education is choosing the right course and university.

Students are faced with many questions while making decisions about the course and college they plan to study. Am I going to be happy doing this course? Will this qualify me for the career I have in mind? Such questions can be answered by doing some research on courses and colleges available.

How to choose the right course:

Find a course that matches your interests and aspirations:

Look for a course in the UK that takes into consideration the subjects that interest you, your talents, the career prospects you have in mind a course that which improves builds on your academic skills.

Although many colleges offer courses with the same name, their contents and study methods may vary. Use the internet to compare various courses and learn more about those courses that interest you. This will give you a broader view of various colleges and courses.

Consider combination courses:

In case, you are interested in pursuing more than one subject, consider opting for a combinations of courses from different departments, an option that  UK universities very commonly offer. A combination This may help broaden your perspective, apart from offering you an interdisciplinary approach.

Explore subjects:

Once you are sure about which subjects truly interest you, you may choose from the various courses offered in that subject. For example, if you are interested by English, you may opt for journalism, creative writing, teaching etc. You need to bear in mind that courses with similar names could have different, sometimes very different, content. Doing proper research will give you information on course content and help ease your decision process.

Choosing the right university:

Choosing a university is a big decision in the process of moving to the UK for your education. Do keep in mind the following pointers while looking for universities:

Location:

The UK has many universities in various locations. Keep in mind that while some universities are closer to the city, some may be several miles away. Keep this is mind while checking out universities.

Cost of living:

Higher education can be an expensive affair. So make sure you have an clear idea about the cost of living, which often varies based on location. Cost of living in cities such as London can be fairly high.

Old or new university:

While older universities invest more on research and offer more traditional courses, new universities are more vocationally-oriented. Keep these factors in mind while picking a university.

Quality and reputation:

This is where you can use university rankings to have an idea of where a university stands in comparison to others. Make sure you know a university’s ranking even  before you send your application.

Facilities:

Facilities offered by a university play a significant role in how much it has to offer its students. Make sure you compare facilities offered by various universities and find out all about the kind of infrastructure they have.

Cost:

Tuition fee varies from one place to another. You must take into consideration all factors– including your financial status, availability of Scholarships, opportunity to take part-time work – to make a good decision while choosing a university.

Moving to the UK for higher education can be a very exciting prospect. However, it is very important that you obtain comprehensive and reliable information on courses and universities before applying or moving abroad. It can be a very disheartening to find yourself in a foreign country, in a course or university you do not like. So make sure you follow all the above mentioned points before heading to the UK for your education.

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