As in the last few years, many universities abroad are looking at Clearing and A Level Results day as an opportunity to attract British students. In the past this has proven to be quite a successful strategy. It remains to be seen what will happen this year with British universities seemingly much more likely to be flexible if students should miss their grades narrowly.
We have always been somewhat skeptical about making a last-minute decision to go abroad largely because it is usually motivated by negative reasoning; if you can’t find what you are looking for here then maybe you can find it abroad. While this may be true, we would always encourage students to take a more measured approach to choosing their course, university and, in this case, country. Having said that, we suspect that some British students are already halfway convinced that studying abroad is the right choice for them, either because they have the desire to live abroad or because they have identified that the British way of learning might not necessarily suit them as well as other options. We believe that these students can find a limited supply of opportunities that might be worthy of their consideration.
Some of the best examples currently available are:
1. ATLAS, Academy of Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences at University of Twente in the Netherlands. This a unique course offering a combination of creativity, engineering and business skills but even that is not the full breadth of the subjects encompassed within this degree. Having spoken to British students on this course we believe that it is an excellent option for those who might not have found what they are looking for. You will have to be quick if you want to apply though. Deadline is this Friday, 15th August and the course itself starts in early September.
2. DigiPen Institute of Technology, Bilbao, Spain. DigiPen is one of the world’s leading higher education institutions in the field of computer game design. Students go on to work for some of the main games studios in the world although their programmers can also find themselves working in a wide range of serious game applications. When we checked yesterday, there were three places available on their Computer Programming degree and one place on their Digital Art and Animation degree. We expect that these will be taken very soon. If you are interested in studying at a university ranked globally in the Top 3 by The Princeton Review, then DigiPen is definitely worth a look.
3. Florida State University in London and Tallahassee. FSU’s Gateway Program might be the thing for you if you are attracted to US higher education but haven’t yet taken the all the steps required to apply directly. FSU offers students the chance to complete the first year of their degree in London before transferring to Florida, together with your fellow students from London. This is a great way to adapt to the different way of studying in the US while making sure that you are in a position to hit the ground running when you arrive in the States. Having spoken to several British students who have done this, we think it is certainly something to be recommended. The deadline for applying is Saturday 16th August and you can start the application process here.
These are just some of the highlights of the courses still available in 2014. Check out the full list as posted above and if you need any advice please feel free to get in touch.