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    Hey, I am an international student, thinking of applying to UK universities, and have not really decided on the ones I want to go to.

    I've always aspired for studying in Cambridge under the beautiful arch domes, and being a uni of high prestige and academic rigorous, it was a great choice.
    Until I found out that you need 5 APs ( my school only offers 4 at a time) , and that you can't work during school term (wth?! how am i supposed to fund an already expensive college life ).
    My attention then went to Oxford, obviously, and was genuinely interested until I learn't their coursework is heavily based on theory work. I am interested in a course with balanced theory and practical work.
    I looked for St. Andrews ( the videos and website gave a more "chill" vibe to it, did not feel academically rigorous to me.) courses and Imperial courses ( I see so many threads about how uni social life is s*** and about the terrible m/f ratio). Although, imperial's course seems pretty interesting with internships and more practical work -based curriculum.

    So to summarize it all, do you have some recommendations for rigorous undergrad comp. sci. courses, that has a balanced theory and practical work, and are not too chill like st. andrews, and where you will have a good enough social life? Just the sweetspots.

    Are my images of those unis even right in the first place? like St. Andrew being to chill and imperial being too harsh? Any opinion will be much appreciated.
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    (Original post by ta1130)
    My attention then went to Oxford, obviously, and was genuinely interested until I learn't their coursework is heavily based on theory work. I am interested in a course with balanced theory and practical work.
    That's not really true. Certainly some of the coursework is foundational: you need to understand the foundations in order to do practical work. But there is also a good proportion of practical work, both for classes, and in practical sessions.

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    I would recommend UCL as the one that best fits what you want
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