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-and has a beautiful campus just outside Brighton on the foot of the South Downs.



hahahahaahaahhaha sorry! but shorly the campus can't be describes as beautiful LOLOLOLOLOL sorry! I have only been there once on a school trip and it was a really nice sunny day............ and the place still looked a hole!
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I think you apply through Shaftesbury Housing directly, or through the intercollegiate website. Dinwiddy seems pretty cool. Ensuite is a nice prospect!
Hey Boo, or anyone else going to SOAS for that matter. Do you get to use the 'floater' course option on your course? Your doing econ right? If you do, have you thought about what you might take for this? I was gona try a language, like chinese or something...
Yeah Dinwiddy seems fab so hope I get a place there. I wouldn't mind the intercollegiate halls either because they're more convenient and you get to meet ppl from different UoL unis.

For my floater I think I'm gonna be doing Chinese in the first year and I'll continue in the 2nd year if I like it.
I also wanna learn Japanese or study Anthropology as part of my floaters but you're only permitted to do one.

What about you ?
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Yeah Dinwiddy seems fab so hope I get a place there. I wouldn't mind the intercollegiate halls either because they're more convenient and you get to meet ppl from different UoL unis.

For my floater I think I'm gonna be doing Chinese in the first year and I'll continue in the 2nd year if I like it.
I also wanna learn Japanese or study Anthropology as part of my floaters but you're only permitted to do one.

What about you ?
Yea Chinese would be good. I have a little grounding in the subject but not much. Are you Japanese Boo? Or just into Anime and stuff? But i would like to see the whole 'list' of choices first. Have you seen anything like this? I read somewhere that its given to you when you start your course?, but im not so sure.

Hey can i ask you a question? Are you put off at all by the fact that SOAS is a specialised Uni? Are you hoping to work in the UK after? And if so are you worried about being too specialised in the Economics of Asia and Africa? I was wondering if it makes it harder to find a job here? What do you think?
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I really loved Sussex when i went to look around it. Putting it as my first choice (to do molecular medicine).
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Yea Chinese would be good. I have a little grounding in the subject but not much. Are you Japanese Boo? Or just into Anime and stuff? But i would like to see the whole 'list' of choices first. Have you seen anything like this? I read somewhere that its given to you when you start your course?, but im not so sure.

Hey can i ask you a question? Are you put off at all by the fact that SOAS is a specialised Uni? Are you hoping to work in the UK after? And if so are you worried about being too specialised in the Economics of Asia and Africa? I was wondering if it makes it harder to find a job here? What do you think?
Nope, I'm not Japanese. I just like Final Fantasy and thought the avatar looked nice. On the SOAS website there were a list of floaters available in the Economics section -mainly languages, history, law, linguistics etc You should go to the website and have a look at the available options.

Yes, what slightly worries me are the job prospects at the end of my degree because as SOAS is a specialised uni it may be hard to find a job afterwards as most employers will rather employ someone from one of the other well known universities. In the prospectus it says many graduates go on to find jobs with asian or african links but i don't think there are many firms in the uk with asian/african links. The reason why I like the course is the fact that it focuses on asia which I will find very interesting and I'd rather do something I would enjoy for the next 3 years. I could worry about job prospects later. If I go to another uni it wouldn't guarantee me great job prospects either so I'd prefer to go somewhere I'd be happy for the next 3 years.

What career are you hoping to pursue?
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(Original post by *boo*)
Nope, I'm not Japanese. I just like Final Fantasy and thought the avatar looked nice. On the SOAS website there were a list of floaters available in the Economics section -mainly languages, history, law, linguistics etc You should go to the website and have a look at the available options.

Yes, what slightly worries me are the job prospects at the end of my degree because as SOAS is a specialised uni it may be hard to find a job afterwards as most employers will rather employ someone from one of the other well known universities. In the prospectus it says many graduates go on to find jobs with asian or african links but i don't think there are many firms in the uk with asian/african links. The reason why I like the course is the fact that it focuses on asia which I will find very interesting and I'd rather do something I would enjoy for the next 3 years. I could worry about job prospects later. If I go to another uni it wouldn't guarantee me great job prospects either so I'd prefer to go somewhere I'd be happy for the next 3 years.

What career are you hoping to pursue?
Yea i know what you mean. I think out of my choices (Essex/Sussex/Queen Mary) SOAS is the best in terms of reputation. But yea your right. Theres only so much you can do to make finding a job easier later on. Going to a uni that you think you will enjoy is probably the first step, and then i guess its a case of living everyday as it comes. At the end of the day, its a degree at a uni. Not the MOST important thing in life by far i think. Plus, i wouldnt mind working in Asia.
Im hoping to persue something in the line of politics/international relations/law. Not entirely sure yet tho.
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Yea i know what you mean. I think out of my choices (Essex/Sussex/Queen Mary) SOAS is the best in terms of reputation. But yea your right. Theres only so much you can do to make finding a job easier later on. Going to a uni that you think you will enjoy is probably the first step, and then i guess its a case of living everyday as it comes. At the end of the day, its a degree at a uni. Not the MOST important thing in life by far i think. Plus, i wouldnt mind working in Asia.
Im hoping to persue something in the line of politics/international relations/law. Not entirely sure yet tho.
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So have you made up your mind to go to SOAS now or still deciding?
What are your other 5 choices?

I wanna work in the finance/banking sector or maybe join an accountant firm after my degree.
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So have you made up your mind to go to SOAS now or still deciding?
What are your other 5 choices?

I wanna work in the finance/banking sector or maybe join an accountant firm after my degree.
I thought you were chinese or japanese or something. i just read your post in the 'how many chinese people are there on this forum' thing. did you say you were going to Hong Kong for the summer? or was it someone else...

um..i plan to visit SOAS and then go to the Essex open day. After this il make my decision. to be honest its most likely gona be SOAS. my other choices are Sussex and Queen Mary. im a LSE and Bristol reject.
are you BBC?
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I thought you were chinese or japanese or something. i just read your post in the 'how many chinese people are there on this forum' thing. did you say you were going to Hong Kong for the summer? or was it someone else...

um..i plan to visit SOAS and then go to the Essex open day. After this il make my decision. to be honest its most likely gona be SOAS. my other choices are Sussex and Queen Mary. im a LSE and Bristol reject.
are you BBC?
Yep, I'm a BBC. You a HKBC?

Yeah I might be going to HK this summer. Are you spending summer in HK?

Have you studied in the uk before?
Yeah I think it's best to go and see the unis for yourself. I wish I could do the whole ucas application again and apply to better unis. I've got offers from all my unis but SOAS is the only place I wanna go out of them all because I think I applied to the wrong uni/courses in September.
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Yep, I'm a BBC. You a HKBC?

Yeah I might be going to HK this summer. Are you spending summer in HK?

Have you studied in the uk before?
Yeah I think it's best to go and see the unis for yourself. I wish I could do the whole ucas application again and apply to better unis. I've got offers from all my unis but SOAS is the only place I wanna go out of them all because I think I applied to the wrong uni/courses in September.
Im BBHCHE
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Yea thats British Born Half-Chinese Half English.
Im actually doing the second six months of my gap year in Hong Kong, so il be there for summer yea. What are you doing there? Holidaying? Have you been there before?

I did my GCSEs and A-levels in UK. But studied in Singapore and Malaysia from age 6-12.
I know how you feel. I would probably choose differently in terms of courses and Unis if i had a second chance. Tis is life huh?
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Reading this forum I do feel that I need to defend Essex. Essex is certainly the best place to study politics. The department has an amazing reputation, and in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (a slightly more objective way than referring to newspaper rankings) it got a 6* (which is apparently the new way of rating departments that have received 5* ratings - which used to be the highest - for several times in a row). Equally good for Sociology and Economics, by the way. Also, the place has a great community feel to it, as it is campus-based and very close-knit and friendly. You easily make contact with hundreds of people, including lecturers, and the proportion of international students is also very high (maybe not as high as in London, granted, but still somewhere around 35-40% for the overall student body).
Personally I, too, applied to Essex, Sussex, and SOAS a couple of years ago. And I have never felt regret at my decision of coming to Essex whatsoever. As I've been looking at postgraduate opportunities recently, I have also been warned by our Head of Department that SOAS seems to be in financial difficulties at the moment.
Personally, I do think all three places seem to be really good (obviously, as I applied to all three of them back in 2001), but Essex rocks!!!
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Yea thats British Born Half-Chinese Half English.
Im actually doing the second six months of my gap year in Hong Kong, so il be there for summer yea. What are you doing there? Holidaying? Have you been there before?

I did my GCSEs and A-levels in UK. But studied in Singapore and Malaysia from age 6-12.
I know how you feel. I would probably choose differently in terms of courses and Unis if i had a second chance. Tis is life huh?
That's cool. I'd love to visit Singapore and Malaysia.
Do you prefer the education in the UK ?

Yeah, I'm going this summer for holiday and to get my HK ID card sorted out. Just trying to find the cheapest available flights but it'll be hard because most ppl go back then. Why did you decide to take a gap year?
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That's cool. I'd love to visit Singapore and Malaysia.
Do you prefer the education in the UK ?

Yeah, I'm going this summer for holiday and to get my HK ID card sorted out. Just trying to find the cheapest available flights but it'll be hard because most ppl go back then. Why did you decide to take a gap year?
Ah I see. So you must have lived in HK for awhile to get an ID card there right? I know quite a few BBCs. Mainly from Bristol though. Would be funny if you’re one of them. Haha…

About education…. The two systems are SO completely different that comparing the two is quite tricky. But I enjoyed studying in Singapore and Malaysia more than I did when I came over here for GCSEs. When I started A-levels it was better, probably because it was one step closer to freedom and independence. I duno, kids in Singapore and M’laysia are so much more obedient. Fear of being smacked in the face every time you do something wrong must have put them in their place, and it made the whole studying experience a lot more enjoyable when the students aren’t making the teacher cry every other lesson. Its more strict, but it seems to work.

Ya for my gap year I had a few options. Most were in South East Asia. Hong Kong stood out, and seemed like the best one for me. Went there in Xmas. It was awesome.

Try http://www.fastandeasytravel.com/ for cheap HK flights.
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Ah I see. So you must have lived in HK for awhile to get an ID card there right? I know quite a few BBCs. Mainly from Bristol though. Would be funny if you’re one of them. Haha…

About education…. The two systems are SO completely different that comparing the two is quite tricky. But I enjoyed studying in Singapore and Malaysia more than I did when I came over here for GCSEs. When I started A-levels it was better, probably because it was one step closer to freedom and independence. I duno, kids in Singapore and M’laysia are so much more obedient. Fear of being smacked in the face every time you do something wrong must have put them in their place, and it made the whole studying experience a lot more enjoyable when the students aren’t making the teacher cry every other lesson. Its more strict, but it seems to work.

Ya for my gap year I had a few options. Most were in South East Asia. Hong Kong stood out, and seemed like the best one for me. Went there in Xmas. It was awesome.

Try http://www.fastandeasytravel.com/ for cheap HK flights.
I haven't lived in HK before but my parents are from HK so that means I'm entitled to have a HK ID Card. Don't really know how that works but most bbc kids, once they turn 18, go back to make one if they have connections in hk.

Yeah, most people tell me east asian countries are really strict with school work and students spend ages preparing for exams while the attitude over here is a bit different. Maybe that's why a lot of people educated in those countries seem to be a bit smarter.

Thanks for the url link. I'll have a look at the available flights.
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Reading this forum I do feel that I need to defend Essex. Essex is certainly the best place to study politics. The department has an amazing reputation, and in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (a slightly more objective way than referring to newspaper rankings) it got a 6* (which is apparently the new way of rating departments that have received 5* ratings - which used to be the highest - for several times in a row). Equally good for Sociology and Economics, by the way. Also, the place has a great community feel to it, as it is campus-based and very close-knit and friendly. You easily make contact with hundreds of people, including lecturers, and the proportion of international students is also very high (maybe not as high as in London, granted, but still somewhere around 35-40% for the overall student body).
Personally I, too, applied to Essex, Sussex, and SOAS a couple of years ago. And I have never felt regret at my decision of coming to Essex whatsoever. As I've been looking at postgraduate opportunities recently, I have also been warned by our Head of Department that SOAS seems to be in financial difficulties at the moment.
Personally, I do think all three places seem to be really good (obviously, as I applied to all three of them back in 2001), but Essex rocks!!!
Sure, Essex is very good for social sciences, but in other subjects it is mediocre, and the entry grades are low for many undergrad subjectsand the challenge for Essex is now to sustain the social science rep in the real world-getting good grades from inspectors is one thing, and is partly down to buraucratic game-playing. Both as an environment and as an all round institution it can't really compare with Sussex, although its teaching grades are higher (but again I suspect this is due to canny playing of the system- a system of teaching inspections which has now been scrapped, of course). I

Incidentally the six starred stuff has now been ditched-it was regarded as remaking the rules after the game was played, but was in any case probably only a bit of tactical/media spin in a complex negotiating game between agencies and ministries.
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Essex certainly is not mediocre for most subjects. I think all depatments apart from Maths are now graded 4 or above (History, Law, Psychology, Engineering, Accounting, Linguistics, Art History, and Philosophy all have 5, which makes them excellent at least according to national standards.) I guess, the RAE tells you mostly how respected a uni is in academic terms (which is what I'm interested in, wanting to gon on to do MPhil and Phd), not within thet population. Interestingly, the Guardian, left-wing as it is, has ranked Essex within the Top 10 before (or at least 15).
True, Essex has not the best rep (that is why entry grades are quite low), but are people really that narrow-minded? Believe me, if Essex really knew how to play the game they would get far more students.
Speaking for the History Department, teaching is brilliant (we do actually get people from Oxford or Cambridge as our lecturers - if anyone thinks that makes a difference), and the campus environment really is very good despite the architecture. I've been to Sussex, and yes, that seemed really nice as well, I have to agree. Also, I have to admit that the off-campus surroundings are a lot nicer than in Colchester.
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Essex certainly is not mediocre for most subjects. I think all depatments apart from Maths are now graded 4 or above (History, Law, Psychology, Engineering, Accounting, Linguistics, Art History, and Philosophy all have 5, which makes them excellent at least according to national standards.) I guess, the RAE tells you mostly how respected a uni is in academic terms (which is what I'm interested in, wanting to gon on to do MPhil and Phd), not within thet population. Interestingly, the Guardian, left-wing as it is, has ranked Essex within the Top 10 before (or at least 15).
True, Essex has not the best rep (that is why entry grades are quite low), but are people really that narrow-minded? Believe me, if Essex really knew how to play the game they would get far more students.
Speaking for the History Department, teaching is brilliant (we do actually get people from Oxford or Cambridge as our lecturers - if anyone thinks that makes a difference), and the campus environment really is very good despite the architecture. I've been to Sussex, and yes, that seemed really nice as well, I have to agree. Also, I have to admit that the off-campus surroundings are a lot nicer than in Colchester.
Really? I didn't know Essex was that good. I've received an unconditional offer to study History there but am unsure as to whether I should accept due to it not being very well known, and due to History at Essex being in clearing last year. I don't know if the course being in clearing makes a difference though.

Also, I applied to do History because I didn't have the interest in agonising over which subject to choose, so I applied to the one that I received the best grade in at A level.
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What other places have you applied to? I'd also say, it depends on which kind of history you're interested in (Essex only does post-1500 stuff, but is very good at that).
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What other places have you applied to? I'd also say, it depends on which kind of history you're interested in (Essex only does post-1500 stuff, but is very good at that).
Heh, that's just it, lazy me only applied to do this course. But, I can apply to 5 more before March 31st.

Yea, post-1500 is cool as to study ancient history just seems less relevant to this modern world.

Are you doing History there now then?
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Yeah, I'm a third year there, and i'm really enjoying it. It's good for Russian history, but also all kinds of social history courses, Chinese history, American history, etc. (I'm just saying that because I'm doing so many Russian history courses this year.) I just like it because it's a very friendly campus, because it is not as big and impersonal as other places. I'm even applying to do a Masters here, although I've applied to Oxford and Cambridge as well. True, there are certain downsides to the place (architecture, mainly, and price, depending what you're used to from home). Did you go to an open day?
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