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    Hey there,

    I am a 20 year old American who is interested in studying Neuroscience. I am currently torn on where I should go to University. I've been accepted into two decent universities (University of California, Davis and Kings College London) both for neuroscience. I originally applied to KCL half jokingly when I was visiting my friend in London. I was surprised to see that they sent me an offer.

    I don't have the slightest idea of which one to choose. I've already done two years of college at a community college which will transfer to Davis, meaning I will get my degree in two years, whereas at KCL I would have to start over (3 year degree). However, starting over might be nice as I will be in the same place as everyone else instead of showing up in the middle of a course. I'm already an introvert, so making friends is a challenge as it is and it might be harder at Davis where friend circles have already been made.

    Anyways, I've had a miserable time in college in the US so far, and I think I might fare better if I spread my wings and explore, but I'm still not sure.

    Money is less of an issue, but I am still concerned about it. Especially since I don't have a clear picture of which university is "better". I dont want to pay more (about 25% more for KCL) for less.

    If anyone's been in a similar situation, I would love your input

    NOTE: I know this might not be in the right place, but I dont want to post in the KCL board to avoid bias.
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    Good decision not to post on the KCL board as you're right, they may already be card-carrying members of the KCL club.


    My personal opinion would be to take the study abroad option. Both are good universities, but you're going to get more of an experience abroad. Plus, American employers tend to look favourably on British unis. You'll probably be more developed as a person from your time overseas.

    In making my decision, I would meditate on the differences between the US and the UK higher education system and try to balance them in your mind.

    We specialise a lot earlier here in the UK. We don't do the whole major/minor thing unless you choose a joint honours degree which is slightly different anyway. I think you can pitch this in a way that looks really good to employers. (Although, I would also be happy to argue the reverse if studying at a US uni)

    Our classes tend to be a less flexible than American timetables. We also tend to have more independent study time. I'm not 100% sure of US term dates but in the UK they tend to be around 9 weeks long.


    London is expensive as hell, though.


    Best of luck with your decision.

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    (Original post by Bijan1221)
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    KCL is higher ranked than University of California Davis on the league tables no questions asked.

    London>California but California weather>London weather.

    Its a chance for you experience a different culture & gain more experience.

    (Original post by Supersaps)
    London is expensive as hell, though.
    California living cost is just as expensive aswell.
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    (Original post by Supersaps)
    You'll probably be more developed as a person from your time overseas.
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    London is expensive as hell, though.
    This is one of the main draws to going abroad. I need a change, and this seems like a chance to 'start over' so to speak.

    I know expensive well. I live in San Diego, California and that too is expensive as hell.

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    KCL is higher ranked than University of California Davis on the league tables no questions asked.

    London>California but California weather>London weather.

    Its a chance for you experience a different culture & gain more experience.
    Funny, I'm actually not a fan of California weather. I like being able to wear things that are not t-shirts.

    Thanks for the input Just how much of a difference am I looking at academically from an American community college to KCL? I don't want to drown if the gap is too large.
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    (Original post by Bijan1221)
    This is one of the main draws to going abroad. I need a change, and this seems like a chance to 'start over' so to speak.

    I know expensive well. I live in San Diego, California and that too is expensive as hell.



    Funny, I'm actually not a fan of California weather. I like being able to wear things that are not t-shirts.

    Thanks for the input Just how much of a difference am I looking at academically from an American community college to KCL? I don't want to drown if the gap is too large.
    Well you finish your degree in 3 years not 4 years. Generally, the first year in most American colleges(universities) you take on extra classes which are pointless towards the major you plan on going into whereas in UK universities you just delve straight into what you enjoy.

    UK education>US education imo.
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    (Original post by XxKingSniprxX)
    Well you finish your degree in 3 years not 4 years. Generally, the first year in most American colleges(universities) you take on extra classes which are pointless towards the major you plan on going into whereas in UK universities you just delve straight into what you enjoy.

    UK education>US education imo.
    I know that, but its still 2 vs 3.

    And I dont know if a sweeping generalization like that should be made. I agree that UK > US in terms of primary school. However, I believe at the University level, its impossible to make a comparison like that. The UK system is inflexible, and lacks exposure to other topics, this is great for people like me as I know what I want, but not everyone does. Whereas the US system is flexible, much more broad, and takes longer.
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    (Original post by Bijan1221)
    I know that, but its still 2 vs 3.

    And I dont know if a sweeping generalization like that should be made. I agree that UK > US in terms of primary school. However, I believe at the University level, its impossible to make a comparison like that. The UK system is inflexible, and lacks exposure to other topics, this is great for people like me as I know what I want, but not everyone does. Whereas the US system is flexible, much more broad, and takes longer.
    Yep. I think this is a much more balanced assessment.
 
 
 
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