I am a person with a lot of day dreams, but to make myself sound more ambitious lets call them plans, or goals… One of my many dreams, was to study outside my home country, India. Don’t get me wrong, India is great with a lot of good institutions, but when you are from a small town, you want even more to see the world, as I do.
That is why my dream of an education abroad was so important to me. And if I had to do that I had to study in a world ranked university! I don’t know about others, but I presume for most students, looking at a University’s rank and reputation is very important when it comes to applying, especially for international students.
When I applied Newcastle University was within the top 200 list in the world, top 20 within the United Kingdom. I was interested. I looked at all the reputed and valid websites, including, QS world rankings; Complete Universities Guide; and Times Higher Education. Then I looked at my course, and what they offer… somehow I did not find many universities offering a good PR and media course.
So apart from the university rank, here are the other things I looked at:
- The University Website – I sent emails with questions and was very impressed with how fast they replied!
- The League Table performances, show the increase, ranks, reviews…
- Look at specific performance of the department you are going to be a part of. I looked at how the league tables show high increase for Media studies.
- What other students have to say…No, I did not look at blogs…but I did read reviews from students about the university, city and lifestyle from various platforms…helped me make up my mind. Finding out that Newcastle is a student friendly city helped me make my decision too.
- Scholarships I could apply for…I was lucky enough to get offered both the scholarships, for Indian students as well as the International scholarship, however , I couldn’t accept the university scholarships, as I also received a higher amount from the British Council from India. But Newcastle University provides a vast number of such scholarships that help students…
- A reputed career service! Now I realised that I as an international student may have problems with Graduate placements due to visa issues, but, things like the part time vacancies, Newcastle Work Experience, and basically the opportunity to find a list of jobs and get valuable advice from University’s Careers Advisers was a big selling point too…
Hope this helps, if you are about to apply to Newcastle University…and if you are not…then spread the word 😀
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