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So I'm currently doing my ASlevels and I am on track for 4As. I am thinking about Unis and I reaaaallly want to go to British Columbia in Canada.
I was wondering if anyone knew whether it would be better to go to a UK uni and apply to do a year abroad, or to apply directly to the uni and apply for the academic scholarship. Does anyone know how successful applicants are? Any advice would be great


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(Original post by phillips98)
So I'm currently doing my ASlevels and I am on track for 4As. I am thinking about Unis and I reaaaallly want to go to British Columbia in Canada.
I was wondering if anyone knew whether it would be better to go to a UK uni and apply to do a year abroad, or to apply directly to the uni and apply for the academic scholarship. Does anyone know how successful applicants are? Any advice would be great


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I can't be of much use with the acceptance rates etc but thought I would comment as I'm currently on my year abroad from a UK uni. I think studying abroad for your whole degree would be a fantastic opportunity but is something you really need to think about carefully.

As much as I'm loving my year abroad and never want it to end, I'm not sure if I could miss out on every single family event etc for more than a year. You end up missing all your friends birthdays as well. Doesn't sound too bad but something you need to think about!

On a similar note, you should think about what you want to do when you graduate. Not that you can't have a Canadian degree and work in the UK, or the other way round, but I imagine graduate prospects will be better in the country you graduate in, at least initially. You should think about it in the long run - if you want to start your post-grad life somewhere completely new
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I also did a year abroad from a UK uni (I was in US for a year). Personally, I think it is a massive step to go to somewhere like Canada of the US for your degree, especially if you haven't been there before. I had been to the US before, but not to the place I lived in. I absolutely loved the experience, but I am not sure whether I would have enjoyed it so much if I was there for 4 years. I am really close to my family, and don't have a lot of spare money, so I wouldn't have been able to visit them that much. They did visit me for the Christmas I spent out there, but I didn't go back the UK during the year.

I think going to a European university isn't so bad as you are a lot closer to home. I was considering doing post-graduate studies at a European uni, but decided to stay in the UK in the end.

Obviously, you have to look at your finances to see if it is a viable option. I do think hollybeth is right in terms of job prospects. If you want to work in Canada, you may find it easier to get a job there with a Canadian degree.
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Thank you both for your advice!
I think I would definitely like to work in North America in the future as a budding geographer/economist. Can I ask what courses you're doing?
I was thinking about applying to a European uni possibly Germany.. However if I were to be looking for a job in Canada then i guess it makes sense to go there.
Again it does depend on whether I get the scholarship etc.. And I would plan on visiting for a couple weeks.
Thanks again for your feedback it's helped a lot!


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