If you’ve embarked on an English language course with the hope of applying to a UK university afterwards, then you’re probably wondering where to start on your hunt for your perfect university. While some students find their options are already constrained by their course type, subjects such as Meteorology are only offered at a couple of institutions for example, many find that choosing a university is a minefield of league tables, locations and module choices.
While we have over 150 higher education institutions in the UK, narrowing down your choices is always easier when you focus on what you want from your degree. If you want to study at a university with a reputation for international excellence, then studying at a ‘red brick’ university with a top place in the league tables may be best for you.
Thinking about where you would feel happiest living can also help you choose an institution, some UK universities are very much city based, whereas other are ‘campus’ based and often exist as their own communities. First and foremost though, many current students and graduates will tell you that they chose their university because it just ‘felt right’. Sometimes that gut feeling combined with a great course is all you need to know when a university is right for you. Open days are therefore a really useful resource to help you get a taste of universities that interest you.
A typical open day will give you a thorough insight of the university and usually comprises of a lecture or talk about your course of choice, an information session for parents or guardians, a general tour of the university and an accommodation tour (sometimes students will take a group around their halls!) Current students and lecturers are also usually on hand to answer any questions you might have and many open days additionally offer further resources such as student finance talks.
Even if you won’t be applying to university until next autumn, it’s always useful to start your research early. We know how valuable open days can be to prospective students, so we’ve outlined the events taking place this month at universities around the country.
Anglia Ruskin University, postgraduate open evening – 13th March
University of Brighton, Specific subjects – 13th, 16th, 20th March
University of Teesside – 13th March
St Andrews University – 13th March
Edge Hill University, 13th-14th March
London Metropolitan University – 25th, 27th March
The University of Westminster, Specific Subjects 15th, 16th, 28th March
Southampton Solent University – 16th, 23rd March
University of Cambridge – Trinity Hall – 18th, 20th March
We’ve outlined some of the biggest university open days, but there are also numerous events taking place at smaller colleges and specialist institutions throughout the march and over summer. Keep up to date with all open days and search for individual universities using the open day website and bear in mind that many universities offer open days throughout the summer holidays ready for September/October applicants!
If you’re looking to apply to a UK university and don’t feel your English is at the level required, take a look at the courses offered by New College Manchester. We have a range of courses and mix and match modules so you can tailor your English language course to your needs.