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I am a student from the US looking to study abroad in London. I am actually looking into a program that my friend is considering, and I was hoping you all could help me out. What do people in the UK and London think of City University London? I understand that it does not have the same "top notch" reputation as LSE/Oxford/Cambridge/UCL, but is it still well regarded as a University? Thank you for your help!
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bump. can anyone help please!
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What do you want to study? Their Business school is quite well-respected
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Yes, what would you like to study? You answered the question yourself, it's not Oxbridge, but it's certainly a well organized and reputed institution.
Check out their webpage and inform yourself:
http://www.city.ac.uk/about
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It is easy enough to get a good impression of a school by looking at their own website. I wanted to get a feel for how people in London/the UK see City. It is not myself that is planning on attending, but the person who is is planning on taking general courses- science, psych, government, etc.
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(Original post by runxc6792)
Hi Everyone!

I am a student from the US looking to study abroad in London. I am actually looking into a program that my friend is considering, and I was hoping you all could help me out. What do people in the UK and London think of City University London? I understand that it does not have the same "top notch" reputation as LSE/Oxford/Cambridge/UCL, but is it still well regarded as a University? Thank you for your help!
Their business school is considered very good and they got a lot of links within the city as well as very good employment rate after graduation.
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Ok thanks guys. What is the reputation for the school and Not the business school. I'm guessing it is a pretty average larger Uni?
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City really focuses on the professions. For example, its Business, Journalism, Music, Law and Engineering courses are very well respected, mainly because they're courses where practical experience is invaluable, and City will certainly provide you with as much practical experience as possible.

From what I gathered when I was there, the focus of City is to get you a job at the end of the course, which would explain why their graduate employment rates are so high. So, essentially, if you know what you want to do after university, City's perfect. I'd even go as far as saying that it's a specialist institution, because of the vocational nature of the majority of its courses, and the fact that it doesn't have any of the more traditional, 'academic', courses like English or History.

This is also probably why its overall ranking isn't particularly high, but the subjects that it specialises in are. Kings has a better reputation on the whole, but City has its own strengths.
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City really focuses on the professions. For example, its Business, Journalism, Music, Law and Engineering courses are very well respected, mainly because they're courses where practical experience is invaluable, and City will certainly provide you with as much practical experience as possible.

From what I gathered when I was there, the focus of City is to get you a job at the end of the course, which would explain why their graduate employment rates are so high. So, essentially, if you know what you want to do after university, City's perfect. I'd even go as far as saying that it's a specialist institution, because of the vocational nature of the majority of its courses, and the fact that it doesn't have any of the more traditional, 'academic', courses like English or History.

This is also probably why its overall ranking isn't particularly high, but the subjects that it specialises in are. Kings has a better reputation on the whole, but City has its own strengths.
Very well said, I completely agree. That's the reason I've chosen City over some better ranked universities from which I also got offers (King's, Leeds). My plan is to get the skills I need for a job market, and that's exactly what City can provide me with.

If you're planning to pursue some academic career (professor, researcher) or to go for PhD, than you should choose some better reputed universities which focus on this. But if you want to get in the industry, armed with skills, certificates and internship, then City is the right choice.
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Hi all, I just completed my BBA (hons) at SFU in Canada. I plan to study law, and hope I can practise in London. Since I was raised in a big city in Mainland China, I really look forward to living in London in the rest of my life. Getting back to this question, would I have a chance to get a training contract from those big commercial law firms such as Allen & Overy with a City's LLB? I have also heard people say bad things about its reputation. Many thanks!
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(Original post by runxc6792)
Hi Everyone!

I am a student from the US looking to study abroad in London. I am actually looking into a program that my friend is considering, and I was hoping you all could help me out. What do people in the UK and London think of City University London? I understand that it does not have the same "top notch" reputation as LSE/Oxford/Cambridge/UCL, but is it still well regarded as a University? Thank you for your help!
I would say that City University is a well regarded university. It has a good reputation in subjects like Business/Finance, Journalism, Law and Music. Its Business School Cass is especially strong, has a good reputation and is consistently ranked in the financial times and times rankings in the top business schools in the UK.

Also the fact that City University has been accepted in the University of London (UoL) on Wednesday 15th July, 2015 shows that the university has good enough research to be considered "equal" to other research intensive universities which are part of the University of London such as Queen Mary, SOAS, Birkbeck etc. Just Google this to confirm it, you will find announcements on both City's university website as well as the university of London website plus also on some other websites such as the times higher education website and others.

Additionally, the entry requirements have always been a good indication of how "good" a university is. For more Bachelor courses in Economics and Finance you will need to have 33-35 International Baccalaureat points and for most postgraduates courses you will need a 2:1 or a First to get accepted. These entry requirements are on par with other universities such as Reading, Cardiff, Royal Holloway which although do not have "top notch" reputation such as LSE and Oxbridge are nevertheless well respected institutions.

Finally, since sometimes both Brunel and City are confused of being ex-polytechnics, both City University and Brunel gained their Royal Charters in the 60's. They are thus both plate glass universities similar to Hull, Sussex, Bath, Warwick etc. and not ex-polytechnics.
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Still very well regarded and has great links with london business, very high employability because of this, but it does have a focus on more job based courses
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Hi Everyone!

I am a student from the US looking to study abroad in London. I am actually looking into a program that my friend is considering, and I was hoping you all could help me out. What do people in the UK and London think of City University London? I understand that it does not have the same "top notch" reputation as LSE/Oxford/Cambridge/UCL, but is it still well regarded as a University? Thank you for your help!
Each department at City, University of London has its own reputation. For example, I am a penultimate year Law student, therefore, I am involved with the City, School of Law. Studying Law at City is an amazing opportunity (that is if you are wanting to study the LLB). The institution helps you on every level and the teaching of each module is of a very high standard. Most of the professors on the course have also studied the LLB and teach specifically to the areas they have specialised in. City is one of the top leading university for Law and was UK's first university to teach every Law course in the field. With regards to City overall, as you said it is not like Cambridge or Oxford but the reputation of the university, in general, is rather high and a degree from City is very well recognised. Also to add, the Duchess of Sussex recently paid a visit to the university and was impressed and pleased with the way the university is operating and greatly enjoyed her visit. If you do choose to study at City I am certain you will not regret your decision and would be rather gutted when your time at City comes to an end. That is what I think as a student at City and I have not said anything with bias thoughts. I hope this has helped and I wish you the best of luck with your university applications!
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Hi, can i ask what is approximately the retention rate in city law school after 1st year of undergrad?
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how are you finding Law at CIty? Is it interesting to study? I've heard that studying law requires a lot of time invested in it, more than other subjects, is this true?
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Each department at City, University of London has its own reputation. For example, I am a penultimate year Law student, therefore, I am involved with the City, School of Law. Studying Law at City is an amazing opportunity (that is if you are wanting to study the LLB). The institution helps you on every level and the teaching of each module is of a very high standard. Most of the professors on the course have also studied the LLB and teach specifically to the areas they have specialised in. City is one of the top leading university for Law and was UK's first university to teach every Law course in the field. With regards to City overall, as you said it is not like Cambridge or Oxford but the reputation of the university, in general, is rather high and a degree from City is very well recognised. Also to add, the Duchess of Sussex recently paid a visit to the university and was impressed and pleased with the way the university is operating and greatly enjoyed her visit. If you do choose to study at City I am certain you will not regret your decision and would be rather gutted when your time at City comes to an end. That is what I think as a student at City and I have not said anything with bias thoughts. I hope this has helped and I wish you the best of luck with your university applications!
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