I'm currently in the midst of trying to pick my uni choices to study modern languages. I know for certain that I'm applying to Oxford and Nottingham, but I'm struggling to choose my other three. I'm going to open days for Exeter and Warwick soon so I'll see what I think of those, my real dilemma is whether to apply for Durham or Saint Andrews.
I attended a Durham open day a couple of months ago. I went with very high expectations and was pretty disappointed. I heard a lot about how the uni as a whole doesn't really care about staff and students and takes every opportunity to increase prices, and the lecturers seemed uninspiring. I felt like they weren't really putting any effort in. However, the uni seems to rank well for student satisfaction (and obviously it's well-ranked academically) plus looking at the course it's very close to being exactly what I want (I especially like the look of the cultural modules taught in the target language) and I really like the collegiate system. So, did I just go to a bad open day (admittedly, I was ill and I'd got up at 4am so that probably didn't help) or are the course and university actually not great? I'd love to hear from students.
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