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This is aimed at those in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland who went to university there.
Either you're in it or you graduated/dropped out from it.

How is college life in Britain?

I made the decision two years ago to study in England, possibly in the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and just get some pure great education.
I never liked how American and Japanese colleges work, how it's academically restricted in a way that you HAVE to take one course of foreign language and mathematics, so on and so forth.
Britain probably, as far as I know, has the most liberated system.

I heard many suffer from stress of so much reading and I'm okay with that because I've been a reader since very little.
I can easily read a book in a day if I concentrate, like many others can do so.
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no one!?
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Are you kidding me man! I'm in America.. having to take mathematics and foreign language is holding me back so much.. almost destroyign the exp... YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE TO!?

oh, ****!
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Are you kidding me man! I'm in America.. having to take mathematics and foreign language is holding me back so much.. almost destroyign the exp... YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE TO!?

oh, ****!

Well you should have compensated it by taking AP courses for foreign language and mathematics before you entered college.
I took AP Calculus last year and it was a bitch but I got a 5 and I'm taking AP Japanese this year.
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no one!?

It's 10:00 on a Sunday morning so the people in the best position to ask are probably still in bed, nursing hangovers.
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In NZ you only have to do like 2 or 3 Gen Ed papers over the course of your degree; other than that you just study things relative to your degree plus some electives
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It's 10:00 on a Sunday morning so the people in the best position to ask are probably still in bed, nursing hangovers.

that's pretty... late
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It depends on the course you take. Some of my friends have to take electives, basically you have to choose to do a language or something. My course doesnt have that so none of the hassle for me!

The reading depends on your course as well. You may be able to read a book a day, but when its a book your not massively intrested in and you have to take and remember notes its a lot more difficult.
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I'm a UK uni student, but not a very good demonstration of the normal student life. I'm studying Graphic Design at UCA Epsom, which is an art specific uni, so it's tiny. I'm usually in for about 6 hours a week, the rest of the time I have to do my work on my own. And I have no exams at the end. So not at all like most people's experience.

The town is mostly populated by students and people over the age of 70, so most of the shops are old people orientated. We have no decent clubs without having to drive or get the train there, not that I mind much seeing as I hate clubbing.

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that's pretty... late


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No.

Even though I woke up at 9 today.

I can't contribute properly to your thread anyhow - still 16 - so, maybe I'll ask informative questions about the British university system, or I'll spam away.
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I guess it's a cultural difference, most guys here in Japan, even the late workers and late gamers, wake up at about 8 every weekend.
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Depends on the university, and on your course.
I graduated from the University of Glasgow in '03. The science faculty allows considerable freedom(in first year, at least) - you take 120 credits for a full-time course, usually consisting of 3 modules at 40 credits each(I did biology, chemistry(not the spam version for those who hadn't done Higher/A-Level or equivalent) and environmental science) - often you'd have 2 'core' modules, and one that is pretty well elective.
In second year(I can only speak for those going for degrees within the IBLS), the requirement again for full-time is 120 credits, but most modules are 10 credits apiece. Many people(for example, those intending to do bichem, microbiology and a bunch of others are encouraged to take Chemistry 2-Y as well, which was the 2nd year chemistry module that focused on organic chem) - some of the bio modules will again be considered 'core' for your intended degree subject, and others can be selected by interest.
Once you hit 3rd year, the classes coalesce into degree subjects(just for a sense of scale, there were approx 900 people in the first year biology course in '99), sometimes grouped - for example, microbiology and parasitology share a 3rd year class.
As for 4th year, I don't really know much, becuase I was ill over the exam period, and took the lazy way out, graduating with an ordinary degree(and applying for MSc courses elsewhere).

EDIT: FWIW, socially, I spent too much time drinking, playing pool in the QMU and chasing women. It probably would have been worth it if I'd caught a few more of them, but I can't change that now.
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... one course of foreign language and mathematics...


Because they are not useful at all. How can it be of any use to know more than one language?
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Because they are not useful at all. How can it be of any use to know more than one language?

Employers like bi/multilingual people.
Thus some familiarity in a foreign language can be very useful.
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Because they are not useful at all. How can it be of any use to know more than one language?

+100

I think the Federal Government encourages a more international lifestyle, yet most kids who took Spanish or French for four years in Highschool can't talk ****
How can higher-level math or science be useful if you're not interested in them?
For me, the most and only important course to take when you're in the teens is English, and nothing else.
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It costs way to much, isn't it like £19,000?!? Just for the education without accommodation or anything.
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Major facepalm moment right here.

I did three years of uni in Bristol and loved every second. I don't know how this compares to other countries, but studying in Britain really is a case of 'you get out what you get in,' particularly when it comes to socialising. If you're willing to be outgoing, friendly and get on with people then you'll have the time of your life. If you sit in your room the whole time because you're scared to meet new friends then you'll hate it.
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It costs way to much, isn't it like £19,000?!? Just for the education without accommodation or anything.

You got it, if you are a foreign student that is.

But I think it's worth it.
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Can the Japanese study for free in the UK?
I remember reading somewhere that Scotland, and the EU can come to England and study for free, whereas the English have to pay. . .

Anyway, good luck studying in Norfolk, it's a strange place.
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I live in THE student city, about 80 percent of the population are students.
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Can the Japanese study for free in the UK?
I remember reading somewhere that Scotland, and the EU can come to England and study for free, whereas the English have to pay. . .

Anyway, good luck studying in Norfolk, it's a strange place.

Yes, TS shouldn't be too surprised by all the natives having webbed feet, and oversized adam's apples.
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Major facepalm moment right here.

I did three years of uni in Bristol and loved every second. I don't know how this compares to other countries, but studying in Britain really is a case of 'you get out what you get in,' particularly when it comes to socialising. If you're willing to be outgoing, friendly and get on with people then you'll have the time of your life. If you sit in your room the whole time because you're scared to meet new friends then you'll hate it.

That's what I'm most worried about: meeting new friends, some from all over the world.
While it will be impossible to avoid getting on with other Asians.


Can the Japanese study for free in the UK?
I remember reading somewhere that Scotland, and the EU can come to England and study for free, whereas the English have to pay. . .

Anyway, good luck studying in Norfolk, it's a strange place.


Oh hell no, we have to pay more than English citizens because we don't pay tax

I live in THE student city, about 80 percent of the population are students.


Oxford?
I wish I'm intelligent enough to go there.
Though my friend, who graduated a college in oxford, said the place is packed with fat or ugly girls.
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That's what I'm most worried about: meeting new friends, some from all over the world.
While it will be impossible to avoid getting on with other Asians.




Oh hell no, we have to pay more than English citizens because we don't pay tax



Oxford?
I wish I'm intelligent enough to go there.
Though my friend, who graduated a college in oxford, said the place is packed with fat or ugly girls.

Haha, THE student city of Wales, Bangor
And about 90 percent of the girls here are very pretty

If you're a poof too, you'll love it
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And about 90 percent of the girls here are very pretty

If you're a poof too, you'll love it

Interesting how a lot of UGers are in Bangor.
Like minkaro, and others I've seen too.

Well they're celtic lol, they should be hot

what college do you go to?
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Interesting how a lot of UGers are in Bangor.
Like minkaro, and others I've seen too.

Well they're celtic lol, they should be hot

what college do you go to?

Coleg Menai, it's a pretty great college, with a laid back atmosphere.
But most of my friends and the teachers are kind of odd
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That's what I'm most worried about: meeting new friends, some from all over the world.
While it will be impossible to avoid getting on with other Asians.


Most people at uni are pretty friendly, as long as you're willing to be friendly back then you'll get on absolutely fine.

I agree with the above. A lot of the welshies come over to Bristol because it's not so far to travel and some of the ladies... And that accent...
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Most people at uni are pretty friendly, as long as you're willing to be friendly back then you'll get on absolutely fine.

I agree with the above. A lot of the welshies come over to Bristol because it's not so far to travel and some of the ladies... And that accent...

Well, Welsh ladies are neglected by the Welsh menfolk, who prefer sheep.
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If you do decide to go to the University of East Anglia it is fantastic, thousands of foreign students there and the nightlife in norwich is fantastic as is the shopping! You certainly wont have any trouble fitting in
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Well, Welsh ladies are neglected by the Welsh menfolk, who prefer sheep.


Which is why they swarm over the Severn to Bristol, for some good westcountry loving.
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No.

Even though I woke up at 9 today.

I can't contribute properly to your thread anyhow - still 16 - so, maybe I'll ask informative questions about the British university system, or I'll spam away.


settle down freddo

I love mathmatics anyway and I'm 16 so i can't say i know.
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If you do decide to go to the University of East Anglia it is fantastic, thousands of foreign students there and the nightlife in norwich is fantastic as is the shopping! You certainly wont have any trouble fitting in

Really how so?
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Which is why they swarm over the Severn to Bristol, for some good westcountry loving.

You're talking about South Wales, I hope
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I'm doing Law at the uni of sheffield, uni life is amazing. i'd definitely recommend it.
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You're talking about South Wales, I hope


Yeah, the northern lot go to Liverpool and leave dissapointed.
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Yeah, the northern lot go to Liverpool and leave dissapointed.

**** that, my Dad works in Liverpool and says it's a ****hole
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**** that, my Dad works in Liverpool and says it's a ****hole


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At birmingham uni in first year and its great (note: in the UK college = a place for 16-18 year olds where you go BEFORE uni)
As others have said, you need to put effort in to get everything at uni. Theres a society out there for pretty much anyone to do activities you enjoy. Not to mention UK drinking age is 18, so a large part of social life for most people is going out and getting plastered. If you enjoy going out to clubs, and/or house parties and the like, and drinking, then you'll love university :p

Im doing geology and the first year is a bit open in the sense that i can switch to environmental geoscience or applied geology and resources at the end of the first year. In the second year i chose half my modules from a selection, same for third/fourth year too.

Oh and 10oclock is early for a uk student. I only got up 15 minutes ago (as someone said, nursing my hangover)

and liverpool?
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