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    I'm an American student and I have offers for the Medieval Studies MA programs at both UCL and York. I'm very excited because these were my top choices but also stressed out because I can't choose between the two! These are the pros and cons (for me) of both choices:

    UCL-Pros
    1. It's in London (I currently live in LA and I am definitely a city person);
    2. It has an excellent reputation internationally which would bolster my CV for PhD applications back here in the States;
    3. I know that UCL will give me all the skills I need to move on to an excellent PhD program; and
    3. The access I would have to other scholars, museums, conferences, lectures, etc, is unbeatable.
    UCL- Cons
    1. The program is a little less interesting to me, although there are classes I think I would enjoy;
    2. There aren't any scholars there that stick out immediately as potential research supervisors, although there are a few I can see as possibilities; and
    3. The university and the city are more expensive.
    York - Pros
    1. This program is the more interesting one - I would definitely have a hard time picking classes because there are so many that appeal to me;
    2. There are scholars who would be natural choices as research supervisors;
    3. It's slightly cheaper; and
    4. They obviously have a lot of fun with their program (lots of clubs, groups, etc).
    York - Cons
    1. It's in York, which seems like a small town. I'm worried I would be bored after a month;
    2. I would have less access to conferences, lectures, etc; and
    3. It's less prestigious than UCL.

    Al of these conclusions are based on conversations with friends currently in England and the ever-helpful Internet. If I'm jumping to conclusions, please feel free to correct me. Your help is much appreciated
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    As a student at York, I can say it isn't really a small town, and it's fairly well liked to most of the country (direct trains to London etc) so you should still be able to get places if needed. Also, there are lots of re-enactment societies here, including the medieval society, which is awesome! (lots of mead drinking, equipment making and sword fighting, with real swords)
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    (Original post by kbegg)
    I'm an American student and I have offers for the Medieval Studies MA programs at both UCL and York. I'm very excited because these were my top choices but also stressed out because I can't choose between the two! These are the pros and cons (for me) of both choices:

    UCL-Pros
    1. It's in London (I currently live in LA and I am definitely a city person);
    2. It has an excellent reputation internationally which would bolster my CV for PhD applications back here in the States;
    3. I know that UCL will give me all the skills I need to move on to an excellent PhD program; and
    3. The access I would have to other scholars, museums, conferences, lectures, etc, is unbeatable.
    UCL- Cons
    1. The program is a little less interesting to me, although there are classes I think I would enjoy;
    2. There aren't any scholars there that stick out immediately as potential research supervisors, although there are a few I can see as possibilities; and
    3. The university and the city are more expensive.
    York - Pros
    1. This program is the more interesting one - I would definitely have a hard time picking classes because there are so many that appeal to me;
    2. There are scholars who would be natural choices as research supervisors;
    3. It's slightly cheaper; and
    4. They obviously have a lot of fun with their program (lots of clubs, groups, etc).
    York - Cons
    1. It's in York, which seems like a small town. I'm worried I would be bored after a month;
    2. I would have less access to conferences, lectures, etc; and
    3. It's less prestigious than UCL.

    Al of these conclusions are based on conversations with friends currently in England and the ever-helpful Internet. If I'm jumping to conclusions, please feel free to correct me. Your help is much appreciated
    I think it is important to say that the institution you receive your masters will have less of an impact as to what you do there. Yes, i understand that some university are more prestigious others (rightfully so), but, again what is more important is what you do.

    As to the money, i would say don't consider it. Even if it is say 15k USA more, that is 15K over a lifetime. If you are successful this should not be a problem.

    Also, you are going to the university to have a opportunity to get into a better PhD program. That should be your first concern; not being bored. BUT i completely understand worrying about a social life.

    In closing, choose the one that will give you the best experience. It sounds like York is more appealing to you academically, which is the most important criteria when deciding where to go. All my own opinion so receive it as you will.

    Good Luck
 
 
 
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