Hey guys! I am applying for 2022 linguistics programmes, and have received an offer from UCL. But I have some concerns and didn't really decide, so I am applying to Leiden University recently as a Plan B.
Here are some pros and cons, and maybe who read this could kindly give me some advice to make a choice.
Excellent reputation and world universities rankings
Active social and cultural life in London
High living costs and tuition fees
Slim prospects for non-EU students to find a job (btw I am Chinese)
Course quality not as I previously expected (Some friends told me that in UCL, undergraduates and graduates are taking linguistics courses together, with the only difference that graduate students have a slightly more rigorous grading system. Is that true? I was totally shocked hearing that.)
The syllabus focuses more on sociolinguistics (which I prefer than UCL's general linguistics).
Lower costs of living and tuition fees
Relatively easier to find a job in Netherlands (though it's always difficult to find a job as international students who don't major in cs or mkt).
Not as prestigious as UCL
Lack of academic resources compared to UCL (I'd like to apply for a PhD after working for several years, so it really matters).
Possible unpleasant experiences (An Indian student who studied international relations said she suffered from discrimination against non-EU students, and the teaching staff were frequently absent during office hours. And another student confirm her story.)
Both UCL and Leiden seem not perfect. I also applied for Edinburgh and KCL, for their syllabus are consistent with my academic interests, but neither has made me an offer yet. As for University of Amsterdam, I asked some linguistics students and they told me UvA student satisfaction is not as good as Leiden in linguistics, though it ranked much higher in the QS.
Thank you for reading this! Basically that's all my concerns. I'd definitely appreciate it if you could give me some advice or provide insights from another perspective.