If you are one of the many students we are currently working with then you are probably in possession of multiple offers from our partner universities. If you haven’t started already, enquire with us today to begin your application! Having signed up to work with an Across The Pond you will have exchanged some preliminary academic information and received a list of recommended universities to make your applications to. Of that initial list you chose between 3-5 programs to submit applications to. Now, however, having successfully applied and received your offers you may be wondering which university is going to be the best fit for you! Not to worry, you’re not alone; many students initially find themselves overwhelmed when presented with the possibilities of studying in the UK. Fortunately, this blog and your Advisor can assist you! There are several questions you should consider when narrowing down your university/program choices.
Firstly, and most importantly, you should research the professors you may be working with. Take the time to look into some of their published works, projects they may be supervising etc. to see if their interests line up with or can complement what you intend to study. The majority of our degrees give you the opportunity to work closely with your professors so this relationship will play an integral role in your overall experience.
It’s also essential to consider if you would like to live in Scotland, England, Wales or N. Ireland for your studies. As Americans we tend to think of them as one entity however you should know each country has its own unique culture which will shape and influence your experience. A second and more specific aspect of location that a student should consider before selecting a final university is whether you would like to live in a big city like London or further afield in the country. If you prefer quiet countryside and small towns to the hustle and bustle of the big city or vice versa you may want to consider asking your Advisor if they can tell you more about the different cities you might live in.
A third factor you should look into before selecting your final university choice is the student experience of each university. You will not be spending the entirety of your studies locked in the library and will want to be sure that you are in an environment where you feel comfortable immersing yourself in the community.
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The final aspect of choosing your university or program will be to consider the possibilities each degree can open up for you. As you review the programs you could pursue always be aware of your final goal; you are going to the UK to obtain a degree to further your academic pursuits and ideally contribute to your experience in the professional world. Be sure you are researching not only the program but also what you can do with your degree after you graduate.
Hopefully this blog has helped to raise the right questions in your mind when narrowing down your UK study choices! As former students to British universities the Across The Pond advising team knows choosing a final university can be a difficult task; if you would like to find out more about studying in the UK or would like to discuss some of your questions please contact one of our Advisors.