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Hi I'm a current year 12 student and have been looking into course to study at uni. I'm really interested in doing European Studies as I love the way it combines European culture, history and politics as well as languages. Was wondering if anyone else is looking into this course or does it? Would it be relevant after Brexit as I will be starting uni in 2018? And would it be aproblem trying to write a personal statement for it as the unis I am looking at (Southampton, Bath, Royal Holloway, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent) all offer different amounts/combinations of languages? Ideally I want to study French with it as I'm doing French a level, but if I had to do two languages like you have to at Bath and Southampton I'd do French and German but at Bath you need German a level as well so I'd have to do French and initio Italian - would it be a problem to apply for French and European Studies at three unis, French and German at one and French and Italian at another? Sorry for all the questions, can't seem to find much about European studies on here but any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi I'm a current year 12 student and have been looking into course to study at uni. I'm really interested in doing European Studies as I love the way it combines European culture, history and politics as well as languages. Was wondering if anyone else is looking into this course or does it? Would it be relevant after Brexit as I will be starting uni in 2018? And would it be aproblem trying to write a personal statement for it as the unis I am looking at (Southampton, Bath, Royal Holloway, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent) all offer different amounts/combinations of languages? Ideally I want to study French with it as I'm doing French a level, but if I had to do two languages like you have to at Bath and Southampton I'd do French and German but at Bath you need German a level as well so I'd have to do French and initio Italian - would it be a problem to apply for French and European Studies at three unis, French and German at one and French and Italian at another? Sorry for all the questions, can't seem to find much about European studies on here but any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hiya! I'm in year 12 too and the course I've had my heart set on for over a year now is European Social and Political Studies at UCL (Have you looked at that?); it's bit different at UCL as you choose a specialism of a humanities/social science and a language (for me it would be economics and german/russian).

I think we're in a similar boat here; I'm looking at applying for mainly economics courses but such variations between courses makes we worry about how I can tailor my personal statement to be acknowledged by every university i apply to. Since open days are coming up, it will give me the chance to talk to people about these issues, same for you. If you really want to know now, why not e-mail the admissions tutors? They're pretty much done with the 2017 entry lot - Now unis start to look at us lot applying for 2018... No harm in asking!

However, I would have thought you'd be okay to apply for those courses. Would the German/Italian be ab initio??
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Hiya! I'm in year 12 too and the course I've had my heart set on for over a year now is European Social and Political Studies at UCL (Have you looked at that?); it's bit different at UCL as you choose a specialism of a humanities/social science and a language (for me it would be economics and german/russian).

I think we're in a similar boat here; I'm looking at applying for mainly economics courses but such variations between courses makes we worry about how I can tailor my personal statement to be acknowledged by every university i apply to. Since open days are coming up, it will give me the chance to talk to people about these issues, same for you. If you really want to know now, why not e-mail the admissions tutors? They're pretty much done with the 2017 entry lot - Now unis start to look at us lot applying for 2018... No harm in asking!

However, I would have thought you'd be okay to apply for those courses. Would the German/Italian be ab initio??
Hi! I haven't looked at UCL, although it did come up when I was researching European studies. I come from the southwest so I wanted to go to uni in the south as much as possible and I'm not too sure about studying in London as it's quite expensive and I'm used to living in the countryside. Although I am considering Nottingham as believe it or not that's the next nearest uni to me after Bath, Southampton and Royal Holloway that does the course 😂 it seems like most of the universities that do European Studies are up north or in Scotland! I see your problem though, there can be so much course variation between degrees and all the ones I'm looking at have different names/involve different language options and I just don't know how easy it would be to apply to lots of varied courses. Yes that's a good point, open days will be useful! I have recently changed my mind - I was originally going to do geography and history combined honours but then I realised French was where my passion lies so I booked all the open days and had all the unis picked out for geog/hist but now I've got to look at completely different unis as the original ones don't do languages. I was thinking whether it would be easier if I just applied for French and politics, as then I would have more choice of unis and wouldn't have to study two languages however I really love how European studies is just focused in Europe. I'm really loving the sounds of European studies at Southampton, but you have to study two languages and although I want to study German at some point I don't know if it would be too stressful at uni. I suppose that's a good idea! I was thinking of looking on the UCAS website as well to see if they advice about applying to different courses (although our courses aren't completely different at least!) Surely there must be some people on here who do our courses currently and have been through the same thing 😂 Yes the German or Italian would be ab initio I think - does that just mean studying it from scratch and doing an intensive course to get you up to a level standards?
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Hi! I haven't looked at UCL, although it did come up when I was researching European studies. I come from the southwest so I wanted to go to uni in the south as much as possible and I'm not too sure about studying in London as it's quite expensive and I'm used to living in the countryside. Although I am considering Nottingham as believe it or not that's the next nearest uni to me after Bath, Southampton and Royal Holloway that does the course 😂 it seems like most of the universities that do European Studies are up north or in Scotland! I see your problem though, there can be so much course variation between degrees and all the ones I'm looking at have different names/involve different language options and I just don't know how easy it would be to apply to lots of varied courses. Yes that's a good point, open days will be useful! I have recently changed my mind - I was originally going to do geography and history combined honours but then I realised French was where my passion lies so I booked all the open days and had all the unis picked out for geog/hist but now I've got to look at completely different unis as the original ones don't do languages. I was thinking whether it would be easier if I just applied for French and politics, as then I would have more choice of unis and wouldn't have to study two languages however I really love how European studies is just focused in Europe. I'm really loving the sounds of European studies at Southampton, but you have to study two languages and although I want to study German at some point I don't know if it would be too stressful at uni. I suppose that's a good idea! I was thinking of looking on the UCAS website as well to see if they advice about applying to different courses (although our courses aren't completely different at least!) Surely there must be some people on here who do our courses currently and have been through the same thing 😂 Yes the German or Italian would be ab initio I think - does that just mean studying it from scratch and doing an intensive course to get you up to a level standards?
Sounds like you are very prepared - Which is Great! Lots of may friends haven't even started to look at uni's yet!

And yes, "ab initio" literally means "from the beginning" in Latin. So they're courses especially designed to learn the language from scratch! So for me, at UCL, I would be studying ab initio German because i haven't done it at A-level. Interesting to see which languages are normally offered as ab initio - German, Italian, Russian normally are offered but especially French and even Spanish ab initio courses seem quite rare on my searches...
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