The greatest difference between a bachelor's degree in the US and a BA in the UK is summed up by two words: ‘liberal’ and ‘arts’. If you feel that nothing but three years of physics is right for you, then stay at home. If you know what you’re good at but want to explore a hundred other things as well, then the US may be just what you need. Have no idea? Head to America more..
Learning how Americans define their universities is an important part of the application process. Failure to suss the semantics can land you in trouble! For example, rather than referring to the delights of your ‘uni’, you will constantly be talking about your ‘school’, causing some confusion among grandparents who thought you had already passed your A levels. Here we explain more..
Inevitably, an American education is hard work. Your friends back home will spend much of their first year sitting in the pub while you spend it trekking backwards and forwards from the library. The fact that most of these universities operate under the principle of continuous assessment means that goofing off for semesters at a time is not an option more..
When you tell your British friends you are planning on attending an American university, you'll find at least one of them will look at you with pity and mutter something disparaging about fraternities. These "Greek" societies have been much parodied in Hollywood movies, most famously the iconic Animal House, and remain among the most notorious features of US universities, at least in the minds more..
The majority of Brits spend their university days enveloped in a haze of alcohol that oils the wheels of their social lives, cushions their academic crises and whips up their weekends, weeks, evenings and even the odd morning. Not so their American neighbours. In the good old US of A, you can use a shotgun almost as soon as you can carry it, drive a car from the age of 16 and kill for your more..
Many Americans like to say their nation is fat in the middle and thin around the edges. The US is a certainly a country of extremes and personal health is most definitely one of them. International students are frequently shocked by the sheer volume of food people consume in the US. No one goes to the movies without buying a bucket of drink and a barrel of popcorn, and even the more..
As far as banking practicalities go, never put your faith in the effectiveness of international monetary transactions. Although English bank cards work in most American ATMs, there is no point in draining your Lloyds account, incurring extra charges and constantly having to calculate the dollars/pounds exchange. By far the best option is to set up an American bank account more..
Chips or fries? Jelly on toast? Cheese & onion chips? Awesome fanny? We may speak the same language but do we actually mean the same thing? Fortunately this handy British - US glossary is the ideal companion for potential freshmen hot-footing it across the channel more..
Most universities will ask you for at least one reference, written by a careers advisor, headteacher, housemaster, etc. This reference is similar to UCAS, although it should not focus on a particular course, but rather suitability in general for higher education. It is ‘all about’ you and should address academic performance, extra-curricular activities and personal qualities.
You must meet your deadlines! US universities will not accept late applications unless they have ‘rolling admissions’, meaning they accept students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Most universities will require you to complete a financial statement. Do this carefully as it will be used to determine your eligibility for financial assistance.
Although interviews are rarely mandatory for admission into any American university, they are often recommended and are an excellent way of finding out about the place in which you are planning to spend the next four years. Interviews for international students can function in two ways...
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