Get Set for Study Abroad

Get Set for Study Abroad

Get Set for Study Abroad

Get Set for Study Abroad

Synopsis

Get Set for Study Abroad is a guide-book for students who are thinking of studying outside the UK as part of their home degree and for others who want to know what is involved. It takes you through the whole process, from finding out about the opportunities available and making your selection of a programme up to completing the studies and returning home. It explains what things you need to think about at each stage as you make your preparations and then carry out your studies. There are sections on academic requirements, costs and funding. The book also offers advice on study skills and outlines issues which arise in intercultural communication. It gives particular coverage of programmes in the European Union (such as Erasmus/Socrates) and the USA, the two main areas of interest for UK students. Though the focus is largely on undergraduates, there are sections dealing also with postgraduate study. Student commentaries, a guide to web-sites and printed materials, and a glossary of the terms you are most likely to encounter are also included. The text cuts through the red-tape and bureaucratic language of much of the programme literature and presents a student-friendly viewpoint with candour and good humour.

Excerpt

If you are a student in the United Kingdom, you have the opportunity to study abroad. It can be a really worthwhile experience, enjoyable, exhilarating and enlightening. It can also be difficult and frustrating. Getting to grips with studying in another country is not simple though the rewards are great if you succeed. Those who have experienced it often feel they have gained a good deal. They claim to have acquired a more balanced appreciation of different cultures, and a skill and sensitivity in dealing with cultural issues which has enhanced their subsequent studies. Some even suggest that the opportunity to study abroad has opened their eyes to the outside world and made them feel more like true global citizens. But because Study Abroad is not without its challenges, everyone is agreed that, to get the most out of it, you have to prepare carefully, to know what you are taking on and to be ready to take advantage of the opportunities that arise. That is what this book is about.

If you do decide that you would like to study abroad, it is no longer difficult to arrange. It is not necessary to do all the work of setting things up yourself. There are dozens of programmes available which have the approval of the universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. You don’t need to be concerned about identifying places abroad which would be good for your studies. That is done for you. You don’t have to worry about different curricula or different marking systems. Your own university will have decided what you need to do and how your work will be assessed. All you have to do is to discover what is available and what will suit you best. and you then have to make up your mind to apply. This book is designed to help you with this decision and to give you a sense of what might be involved once the decision is made.

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