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Alright from year 9 onwards I was dead set on going to university in america due to many reasons. Including not knowing what to study as you don't have to declare your major till second year. The whole university experience. Experiencing a different culture.Major and minor system as I like learning completely different subjects.As time has gone on I've made sure that I've become all rounded with many extra curricular and I've managed to convince my parents and researched more.I was fully certain till year 12 but then I learned more about the whole ucas system and went to open days just recently. Slowly by slowly i'm starting to reconsider going to america.The prospect of spending 4 years in a different country irks me, my friends and family are in london. London is my home.If I was to stay and study here I would definitely do a year abroad and even then I probably won't go to america I'd probably do a year abroad in Italy.Anyways, I'm so torn and am in need of advice as the application process starts quite soon.
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Study in America. Sure. But you have options that most Americans do not have. You could leave the UK having studied and then go to America like a star (your name haha). Simple.
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Have you even been to America? I'd do max one year there. Why go to America when Britain has the best ranked unis in the world alongside America (although the worldwide rankings are unfair, really below Harvard and Cambridge should come some Eastern universities).
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Have you even been to America? I'd do max one year there. Why go to America when Britain has the best ranked unis in the world alongside America (although the worldwide rankings are unfair, really below Harvard and Cambridge should come some Eastern universities).
My reasons for wanting to study in america goes beyond uni rankings albeit if i was to study there it would preferably be at an ivy league. It's the whole major and minor system and not having to stick to 1 course. Not having to declare your major till the end of your second year. The better university experience. How universities look at candidates holistically how i'm more than a few grades on a piece of paper. There's so many reasons.
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Don't go to America- they're fat morons
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Apply to both sides of the pond and go to the best uni you get
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Apply to both sides of the pond and go to the best uni you get
Yes i could but it isn't that easy the us application system isn't that easy. There's so many essays to write. A whole SAT test to sit. Each application to each uni costs $90.
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bro, there are lots of uni courses that you can apply to here in the U.K that have got a year abroad option, many of those including study in the USA.

That way you'd get the best of both worlds; not being thousands of miles and thousands of pounds worth of plane tickets away from your family, and as well getting to study in the USA like you want to.
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Study in America if you want to be saddled with an unpayable amount of debt; debts which have incited riots across America, especially in the Ivy League states.

Study in the UK if you want to be saddled with less debt, a generally more enjoyable uni experience in terms of being able to meet living costs, and the option of being able to go to America with a degree already under your belt.
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Study in America if you want to be saddled with an unpayable amount of debt; debts which have incited riots across America, especially in the Ivy League states.

Study in the UK if you want to be saddled with less debt, a generally more enjoyable uni experience in terms of being able to meet living costs, and the option of being able to go to America with a degree already under your belt.
ahhh I'm not saying i'm rich or anything but I don't want finance to ultimately affect my decision. Saying that, the us is very generous with financial aid to people who come from impoverished households this applies both national and international students soo yeah it may even be cheaper than studying in the uk.
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American universities are overrated as far as undergraduate studies go, American universities earn their merit when it comes to postgraduate education.

Many universities in the UK allow you to change courses as long as they are somewhat related and I would say a resident of the UK will enjoy UK university life better than US

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Have you considered somewhere like St Andrews, where you can take a mixture of modules to make up your credits needed for the year? It's not -too- far from London, cheaper and you still get more breadth than a normal degree here.

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subject...s/ug/flexible/

Just an option!
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Have you considered somewhere like St Andrews, where you can take a mixture of modules to make up your credits needed for the year? It's not -too- far from London, cheaper and you still get more breadth than a normal degree here.

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subject...s/ug/flexible/

Just an option!
Looool,I read the link you gave me and the whole modular flexible degree thing had me until I tried to find the location. 'Not too far from London' mate it's in Scotland if i'm leaving the country I might as well go to america. Also i'm a city kid them Scottish highlands are not for me, I could never.Thanks for the suggestion though, I really would have considered if it wasn't in Scotland.
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American universities are overrated as far as undergraduate studies go, American universities earn their merit when it comes to postgraduate education.

Many universities in the UK allow you to change courses as long as they are somewhat related and I would say a resident of the UK will enjoy UK university life better than US

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ahhh that's also very true, post grad seems a more smarter option as i'd be more mature and independent. I disagree with the UK point though, I feel American universities have more to offer in terms of the whole experience and there's quite a lot of freedom when choosing classes.
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Looool,I read the link you gave me and the whole modular flexible degree thing had me until I tried to find the location. 'Not too far from London' mate it's in Scotland if i'm leaving the country I might as well go to america. Also i'm a city kid them Scottish highlands are not for me, I could never.Thanks for the suggestion though, I really would have considered if it wasn't in Scotland.
UCL has its BASC.
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/basc


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ahhh I'm not saying i'm rich or anything but I don't want finance to ultimately affect my decision. Saying that, the us is very generous with financial aid to people who come from impoverished households this applies both national and international students soo yeah it may even be cheaper than studying in the uk.
This is incorrect. There is almost no funding available for international students in the US, unless you go to Harvard or its ilk. FAFSA is not available for international students. There is also likely to be less as the current administration continues it's track record of gutting any public spending. Most state colleges and non Ivy League colleges do not provide any funding for international students. Even places like MIT and Stanford have extremely limited funding available (unless you have a sports scholarship at the latter). Financial aid support even for domestic students from low income backgrounds is extremely limited, and increasingly becoming so in the current administration.

I am a US citizen and my entire family is from the US, and (most) have gone to college there - mainly to state schools or beginning in community colleges to save money. The few members of my family who went to a private college (which is most of the "better" colleges) did so because their parents had saved more or less since birth so that ONE child who had the academic background to be able to could. Trust me when I say, this is completely incorrect and I highly recommend you start looking at universities in the UK simply because it's unlikely even if accepted that you would be able to study in the US simply for financial reasons.
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Alright from year 9 onwards I was dead set on going to university in america due to many reasons. Including not knowing what to study as you don't have to declare your major till second year. The whole university experience. Experiencing a different culture.Major and minor system as I like learning completely different subjects.As time has gone on I've made sure that I've become all rounded with many extra curricular and I've managed to convince my parents and researched more.I was fully certain till year 12 but then I learned more about the whole ucas system and went to open days just recently. Slowly by slowly i'm starting to reconsider going to america.The prospect of spending 4 years in a different country irks me, my friends and family are in london. London is my home.If I was to stay and study here I would definitely do a year abroad and even then I probably won't go to america I'd probably do a year abroad in Italy.Anyways, I'm so torn and am in need of advice as the application process starts quite soon.
Do you have the money to finance a degree in the US?
Do you have or likely to get the academics?
I wouldnt let putting off study in a foreign country. Thats one of the main reasons people go away to have new experiences.

Apply for both and make your decision later.
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I wouldnt let putting off study in a foreign country. Thats one of the main reasons people go away to have new experiences.

Apply for both and make your decision later.
Even Scotland...

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Alright from year 9 onwards I was dead set on going to university in america due to many reasons. Including not knowing what to study as you don't have to declare your major till second year. The whole university experience. Experiencing a different culture.Major and minor system as I like learning completely different subjects.As time has gone on I've made sure that I've become all rounded with many extra curricular and I've managed to convince my parents and researched more.I was fully certain till year 12 but then I learned more about the whole ucas system and went to open days just recently. Slowly by slowly i'm starting to reconsider going to america.The prospect of spending 4 years in a different country irks me, my friends and family are in london. London is my home.If I was to stay and study here I would definitely do a year abroad and even then I probably won't go to america I'd probably do a year abroad in Italy.Anyways, I'm so torn and am in need of advice as the application process starts quite soon.
Just study in Scotland instead if you like that system; you study 3 subjects until second year and then declare your degree subject (if you meet the requirements) at the end of second year.
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Looool,I read the link you gave me and the whole modular flexible degree thing had me until I tried to find the location. 'Not too far from London' mate it's in Scotland if i'm leaving the country I might as well go to america. Also i'm a city kid them Scottish highlands are not for me, I could never.Thanks for the suggestion though, I really would have considered if it wasn't in Scotland.
St Andrews is not in the Highlands of Scotland :laugh:

You could try Glasgow or Edinburgh, they are cities if you are used to that.
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