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    Any advise on which is better. The M&T program at Jerome Fisher University of Pennsylvania or Comp science at Oxford. Tough choice

    (Original post by Aprpvr)
    Any advise on which is better. The M&T program at Jerome Fisher University of Pennsylvania or Comp science at Oxford. Tough choice
    Oh wow. I was at Penn recently and met some people on the JF program. I was doing CS @ Penn as an exchange student from Edinburgh. Inbox me if you want great detail but overall US very different from the UK, especially Penn. I can comment that CS and SEAS at Penn seemed to suck, the entire schools focus is definitely Wharton. I'm not sure how much JF is skewed to SEAS or Wharton to be honest, the program is probably very flexible.

    If I was in your position, I'd take Oxford. I think the UK in general wins hands down for undergraduate, and I'm quite certain that Oxford CS is much better than Penn CS or SEAS. In terms of the business or management side of things, I don't know much about how Oxford fares for that but Wharton would definitely be more (if not the most) prestigious for that in the US esp.

    But yeah, undergrad in the US is a bit dodgy, especially those dual program degrees (though this is definitely one of the better ones). The advantage of Penn is that you can probably switch into a full time Wharton program or something while the program at Oxford will be quite rigid. It's also 3 years at Oxford vs 4 at Penn. Price should be a huge factor also, Oxford definitely wins there.

    At the end of the day the Oxford route is more 'honest'. Oxford is definitely more prestigious overall. It's also a ton cheaper, a public university, and you will learn tons in the program. The US way of undergrad is more like a business, especially Penn. If you want to work in the US Wharton will set you up very nicely though - but an extra year and a ton more money, it's hard to say if it's worth it...

    Good luck!
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