There are a few times in life that you are going to make the big decisions. What to study in 6th form, which university to go to, commute or move, buy a house or rent… and the list goes on. And while you can change your mind later on, you really want to get the decision right the first time. So how do you choose the university that is right for you?
Here are some tips.
While all universities may have an English program, some will be rated much higher than others. And in fact, the course content may vary. You are going to spend years learning everything you can on the topic so that one day you will have your degree. There are usually different types of degree too. So think about how long you want to study for, how you learn best, and if the degree that you are choosing will have the career pathways that you need in the future.
Of course, the course itself needs to be a priority, but if you really like to have an active social life, or you need a specific type of surroundings, then look at the other perks. Some universities have exchange programs, others have a strong mentorship offering. Many courses will have links to local businesses that are ideal for applications when you have completed your degree. All of these things will add more to the experience for you. Internship opportunities and placements will go quite some way for you in terms of experience on your CV when it comes to job application time.
If you are considering a university that is some distance from your home, it is going to be in your best interest to visit more than once. There are companies that specialize in taking you on tours of the location and universities in the area. Student trips to Ireland are the kind of things you should be looking into. You will get a good idea of the city and all of the establishments that you can attend.
If you are moving away from home, then the house is going to be competitive. The closer you are to the university, the more expensive the place will be. So you need to work out what your budget is, can you get work, and is sharing possible. Student housing isn’t always known for being well kept, and if the idea of sharing a house with people you don’t know isn’t great, then many universities have their own housing. So consider what you are most comfortable with, and always be sure of your budget and the public transport or parking between your new home and the campus that you need to travel to.
Every uni will have its own culture. Because each campus has such a big range of people, it is hard not to have a melting pot of ethnicities, backgrounds, and interests. Which is great for getting a broader view of the world in general. Think about what is important to you.
Take your time to choose, but always remember that if you don’t love it – you can transfer and you aren’t tied to your decision forever.