Studying Abroad

  • the power of justice

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    I'm considering studying in either England or the USA - I'm leaning towards the USA. Right now, I'm looking into universities in Australia (my country) and I'm leaning towards Melbourne University to attend.

    I know I can get the marks to get int UniMelb if I worked really hard, it's an achievable goal for me and it has many student exchange programs, and from then, I'd love to go to NYU as you can do an exchange with a number of different universities, for a year or so - I hear Stern is a really good business school and I plan to study commerce, as I want to work in accounting or banking.
    August 1st, 2012 at 02:54pm
  • chemical romantics.

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    I'm from the UK. Unfortunately however, I go to a Scottish school but I live on the other side of the border (literally the most Northern point of England) and so I'm facing tuition fees wherever I go to in the UK.

    I've been giving a lot of thought to studying in Denmark whether it be the full course or an exchange for a semester/term. I love Denmark and I suppose it would be my ideal. But while I'd get free tuition, I'd need money for accomodation, living expenses, etc. and I've been told there's no chance of grants or loans to cover that so I guess it's more than likely the exchange, if anything.

    It's more than likely I'll end up at Edinburgh, Strathclyde or Stirling (all in Scotland). I don't suppose anybody here has been/is going to any of those universities? I have friends at Strathclyde and Stirling and I've heard good things but added input would be lovely! :)

    Also, it's off-topic I know and it's a rather obscure subject but I don't suppose anybody knows anyone who has taken Scandinavian studies before? It's something I've been considering and it's not a subject you're bound to know somebody studying, eg. English. :3
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:17pm
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    @ chemical romantics.
    An old user on the Mibba, Matt Smith, went to Edinburgh and she took Scandinavian studies, and she studied abroad in Sweden. She seemed to really love her school and her studies.
    August 20th, 2012 at 06:05am
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    @ Kurtni
    Thank you! I knew Matt Smith from around the forums in that tragically Mibbian fashion. Any insight was more than I expected so I greatly appreciate it. Edinburgh was actually where I was considering studying it, (not so coincidental when you acknowledge it's one of only two universities offering it in the UK!).
    August 24th, 2012 at 10:44pm
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    @ chemical romantics.
    Oh really? I didn't know that, so I thought it was remarkably coincidental. lmfao Good luck wherever you decide to study!
    August 24th, 2012 at 11:12pm
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    I hope I get into a university (in the US) that will allow me to study abroad in Germany.
    I hear that there are English-speaking universities & I pray they could help me with my German as well.
    September 4th, 2012 at 05:07am
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    @ kim ryeowook.
    Germany is one of the most popular study away destinations for American students, so you'll have your pick of universities with German programs.
    September 4th, 2012 at 05:43am
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    @Kurtni

    I saw Jacob University's website &... In Love
    September 4th, 2012 at 05:55am
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    kim ryeowook.:
    I hope I get into a university (in the US) that will allow me to study abroad in Germany.
    I hear that there are English-speaking universities & I pray they could help me with my German as well.
    Most public universities in Germany (in fact, this is true for Europe generally) don't have English language undergrad programmes and in order to be accepted into their exchange programme you have to take an exam to show that you're (relatively) fluent in German - although there are programmes (especially over summer) specifically aimed at learning German, but those are different from exchange programmes where you get to participate in university life as an ordinary student (go to classes like German students etc). That being said, there are some private universities in Germany with English language programmes (Jacobs University is one of them), but they're usually very Americanized and quite different from the public universities which 95% of German students attend (so you wouldn't get an 'authentic' experience of a different educational system - which, granted, might not be why you want to go on an exchange) and they also tend to be very small so often they can't offer that many courses and you might not be able to take the courses you're interested in / need to fulfil credit requirements.

    Not trying to dampen your enthusiasm, just to give a slightly more realistic perspective on how complicated studying abroad can be. Shifty
    September 4th, 2012 at 12:08pm
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    ^ Oh no, thank you. If I'm not mistaken, Jacobs is largely for politics- which is what I'm looking for.
    Not sure if you know or not, but doesn't the University of Jenna offer courses for people that wish to speak German?
    September 5th, 2012 at 03:41am
  • Narzisse Narcosis;

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    @Kafka: I'm in Czech Republic right now studying abroad. I've studied abroad in Germany as well. I also lived for a year in Austria.There are a lot of Romanian Erasmus students here. After this year, I am going back to the United States to finish my degree and save up for a master's program. I also want to study at University of Vienna. I want to do my Master's in German Grammar and Linguistics and also continue on in their Czech program. Or maybe Eastern European history. I don't know. I may just take some further Czech courses through one of their adult continuing education programs in Austria.
    December 30th, 2012 at 08:34pm
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    I'm from England and I'm beginning to seriously consider studying in the Netherlands. I know they have a lot of English-taught Bachelor's degrees at some of the top universities (including some found in the world's top 100), I really love the country and the lifestyle, it's far cheaper than studying in the UK, and I'm hoping that my knowledge of German means that I could pick up the language reasonably easily. So all-in-all, it seems like an obvious choice for me.

    It's probably a long shot, but has anyone here studied at a Dutch University? The ones I'm looking into are Utrecht, Leiden, Groningen and Maastricht, but I reckon it would be useful to speak to someone who's gone to any Dutch uni.
    March 23rd, 2013 at 06:28pm
  • O_Rourke

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    I studied abroad last Fall in Switzerland. Upon going there, I had every intention of earning my BA there (it was an American University). However, because it was American, American tuition applied, and in total, one year was going to cost me a 30K loan per year, and I just didn't have it in me to take out that much money. I returned to the US and am now studying at a technical school to figure out what I want to do.

    It was the best decision I have ever made to go to Switzerland. I fell in love with everyone and everything. My first flight was actually my flight to Switzerland, which surprised a lot of people. Before going, I had never left the East Coast of the US. It was amazing and I still talk to my friends there. I miss it everyday and would give nearly anything to return. Studying Abroad changes a person haha.
    March 29th, 2013 at 05:23am
  • Masha Mikhailovna

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    I wanted to study in either the USA or Scotland, but sadly the fees the international students have to pay are ridiculously high. I can't study what I want where I live (not to mention I want to get away from here as fast as possible) so I'm gonna have to 'settle' on Italy. I might end up doing my postgraduate elsewhere though. *le sigh*
    May 28th, 2013 at 08:37am
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    I want to study in California semester 2 next year (so first semester for the Americans) because not only is the weather fab most of the time, but it offers my course and it's partnered with my uni. I've started to look into it and if I can get my GPA up it'll be very possible for me to attend one of the three unis I want to attend in California. I want to go to San Diego State Uni the most, though.
    October 12th, 2013 at 03:25pm
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    I have 2.5 years until I finish my BAs. I'm really hoping to go to England, Trinidad and Tobago, Spain, or Ecuador. I must say UWI in Trinidad is my first choice! So if anyone's been there and wants to look me up, I really wouldn't protest lol.
    June 12th, 2014 at 01:05am
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    I'm considering studying Spanish in Mexico in May during my school's one month long May term. tehe But, it's 3000 dollars to go and the only way I'll be able to go is if I get the 3000 dollar scholarship.
    June 26th, 2014 at 08:26am
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    For a certificate I'm going to start pursuing in the fall, I need to spend at least 10 weeks in a country of a language I'm studying, which is Japanese. I am very excited and know that it will force me to grow immensely as a person.

    I think studying abroad is a great opportunity to gain cultural experience. I also love to travel.
    July 18th, 2014 at 04:42pm
  • Lee Hi;

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    Oh gosh. I want to go everywhere. XD

    There's this program I have my eye on that's a year long and you go to three different countries and learn three different languages. For this program, (if I ever get to do it) I want to do France, China and Japan.

    Other countries I want to study abroad in are South Korea, England, Germany, Italy and Spain. That's all I can think of off the top of my head but I definitely want to go to more places. I'm considering going for my master's in English so I can hit all those countries. Now there's just the issue of getting the money for it. XD
    October 1st, 2014 at 04:53am
  • nearly witches.

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    I'm actually going to study in the Netherlands this semester, which I'm very excited about. tehe I didn't even expect to get it because there were 4 places and something like 22 of our course applied to go, but I was picked and it's just insane. I can't wait to see what studying in a different country is like!

    Even before that though, I was considering doing a Masters anywhere but Britain. I'd quite like to study in Australia or the US, just to experience the country.
    January 22nd, 2015 at 12:17pm