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hi everyone,
I am a French Student, and i would like to do an Erasmus exchange next year.
My college gives me the choice between Essex University and Oxford Brookes
(i am studying Law)
i would like to know which one is considered to be the "best" according to you, and which one has the best reputation
To make it short, what would you choose in you were me? and why?
thanks for your help
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Hey!
Well, in post undergraduate grades, some colleges in France are very reluctant to take student who had an Erasmus Exchange.
So they only took the student who went to to the « best uni » (aka the english and american ones)
This i why i am worried about reputation since the choice im going to do might have an impact for my future
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Hi there Thanks so much for considering Brookes as your university!

As a current student obviously I love Brookes, but here's a list of some things that might help you make your decision

Careers: Brookes have an amazing careers service to help you find a part time job or a work placement during your studies. As Oxford is such a vibrant city there are so many jobs, and Brookes is the only university in Oxford that allows their students to get part time jobs so there's always something going. Once you've graduated our careers service also helps you in the 3 years after your graduation. You can check out our careers website here: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/students/careers/

Wellbeing: At Brookes I think everyone is so friendly, we have around 19,000 students, over 3,000 of which are international students and from my experience this makes Brookes an extremely diverse and welcoming place We also have a dedicated International Student Advice Team to offer anyone studying from outside the UK advice and support. You can find their contact details here: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/students/isat/
As I noticed you're coming from France here is our 'Your Country' page for Frane, hopefully with some helpful info on: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/internatio...ountry/france/
For all students the support that our Wellbeing service provide is amazing, I honestly can't praise them enough. If you have any problems you are usually provided with a personal Wellbeing officer who you can get to know really well and can put measures in place for all your lectures, coursework etc should you need it. https://www.brookes.ac.uk/students/wellbeing/

Academic Support: There is also lots of support in place on your course, you will be given an Academic Adviser, who is a lecturer on your course, who you can chat to, keep track of progress with, discuss work with, they will give you advice on the best modules for your career or interests etc. They are such a great idea and always so lovely. Your course will also have a dedicated librarian who can help you find resources for any work that you may be doing and you will also have Subject Support Coordinators who help you with all academic aspects of your course, no matter what the question, they'll always help you. https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-a...how-you-learn/

'Prestige': If you're worried about the 'names' of universities affecting your future I have to say that I personally believe that a good classification degree with plenty of work experience and showing passion for your career or subject is more important than a degree from any university in particular.

For me and I also believe a lot of employers, it’s far more important that you are a well rounded person than someone with a degree from a ‘prestigious’ uni. To help students who may want to work abroad after university we not only use traditional degree classifications (1st, 2:1, 2:2 etc.) but we also use GPA which is internationally recognised. Here's some more information: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/students/y...point-average/

We also have some pretty impressive ranking ourselves though!
Brookes is the UK’s #1 university for teaching and research in THE Young University rankings 2018.
Brookes is the only UK uni ranked in the QS University World Rankings Top 50 Under 50.
We have risen 16 places in the guardian league table in the past two years.
And we are “among the world’s top universities” in 14 subjects according to the QS world rankings.

Accommodation: There are lots of options for accommodation at Brookes, all are great for different people depending on what type of thing you like, which campus you'd like to be close to, what your budget is, what course you do (some courses require longer contracts) or if you need family accommodation. Here's a link to our accommodation page which gives you all the details of each hall: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-a...accommodation/

Personally I live at Westmintser Halls on Harcourt Hill, I love it there because it's so close to all of my lectures, it slightly more out of the city and there's so much wildlife around campus, which is something I love. However, if you want to be closer to Headington, Wheatly or the City Centre you might to try a different hall. (All are connected by Brookes Busses though, which are currently free to students on a full time course- you can check out all our transport info here: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/travel/ )
Choosing a hall is a really personal choice so it's hard to give advice on which hall is 'best' because it's different for everyone I would say the best advice is to have a look at all the different accommodation options online, (including the virtual tours!) take a look at where they all are on a map compared to where you will study and then make a list of which look best for you, taking into consideration size, location, age, course specific and your budget.

Union: At Brookes we also have great unions who run over 100 societies and put on amazing events throughout the year. They also offer an advice service for student, independently from the uni. You can check out this and everything else they do here: https://www.brookesunion.org.uk/

Honestly, I only have good things to say about Brookes, it's my second home and I love it there. If at all possible I'd really recommend that you pop along to an open day, or book a personal tour: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/open-day/ & https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-a...a-campus-tour/
However if you can't make it to any of our events you can take a virtual tour of our campus online https://www.brookes.ac.uk/virtual-tour/

As your studying law I'll link you to our law course page, which I'm sure you've seen before, but if you have any questions for you prospective lecturers please don't hesitate to contact them on the details here: +44 (0)1865 488750 or [email protected] , they'll be more than happy to help and delighted that you're taking an interest in your subject! https://www.brookes.ac.uk/school-of-law/

If there's anything else you want to know please just ask, we're more than happy to help.
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That's like asking if you'd rather be stabbed or strangled.
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