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    My first choice Uni doesn't offer one of the countries where I'd like to study abroad after my second year. But my 2nd, 3rd etc choices actually do. Should you choose a University based on their study abroad programmes?
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    My first choice Uni doesn't offer one of the countries where I'd like to study abroad after my second year. But my 2nd, 3rd etc choices actually do. Should you choose a University based on their study abroad programmes?
    It shouldn't be the only reason for your choice, but the way I see it study abroad comes under the umbrella of the course content, which everyone says is the most important reason.

    I'm facing a similar problem, but when I visited my second choice university (which has better study abroad options in more places I'd want to go) I just didn't feel like I'd want to go there, so I'm probably going for my first choice, with slightly more limited study abroad options.

    Yes, it's important, especially if you're dead-set on studying abroad, but don't let it override other feelings about the university. Also, consider how likely you would be to get on that particular study abroad programme. You'd be pretty gutted if you chose your second choice university purely for the study abroad, but weren't away how competitive it was and ended up not getting a place.
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    It depends.

    I don't know what country you are referring to but for arguments sake say it's Italy. If you really have your heart set on going to Italy for a year, and 1 university doesn't offer this choice, but other Universities do, then of course it should be a factor in your decision. (Notice I say factor, as other stuff is more important and must count too)

    If it's not a big deal to you, ie you'd like to go to Italy, but France wouldn't be a bind either, then I'd say no don't factor it in.
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    I would be inclined to say no, it shouldn't be the sole reason, after all you spend more time at your home uni than the study abroad one and study abroad programmes are competitive and not guarenteed, even on 4 year courses (for example at UEA to go abroad on the 4 year American Studies course you need 55% in your second year).
 
 
 
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