Why study abroad?

With the tuition fee hike of 2012, British students have started looking to continental Europe to complete their university education, all whilst trying to avoid the £10,000s of debt. For me, I wanted to study French at university and after spending eight months living in a ski resort in 2011-2012, speaking French, paying £9,000 a year just didn’t seem worth it.Moving to the French Alps at 18 promised a life of après-ski, mountains and cold weather and going to university here has been a whole life experience stuffed into four years. I currently live in Grenoble, which is said to…

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Pointers for freshers (a nowhere near comprehensive guide)

A few weeks ago, I lost the title of ‘Fresher’. Second years will no longer have the legal standing to exclaim “down it, Fresher!”, during tedious small talk at the bar, and I’ll have to actually think of a reason as to why I chose English sometime within the next two years. Both of these are mindbogglingly colossal changes to my life as a student, something which I’m not sure I’ll be able to cope with. Despite my predicament, I can now pretend that I too, am a wiser, more knowledgeable student. It will now be acceptable for me to drunkenly…

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10 online tools to write a winning scholarship essay

Anyone who has ever applied for a scholarship can attest to the fact that landing even one is always a daunting task. One of the biggest challenges which are normally associated with scholarship application involves writing a scholarship essay. Anyone who wants to increase their chances of securing a scholarship should be able to come up with something extraordinary in terms of their scholarship essay. You should be able to write something capable of convincing the awarding committee who are always looking to get an impression and the personality of the applicant. Today technology has made it easier for scholars…

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Applying for student finance – get organised

March may seem early to sort your student finance out for September but from past experience, I’d recommend getting yours in sooner rather than later. I can’t say that I’ve had the best dealings with them in the past and most of the time it seems to take months to get something resolved. The sooner you get it sorted the better. If you gets yours in now, you’re sure to have the loan in your bank in time for fresher’s… no one wants a fresher’s week without any money in their account. If it’s going to be your first year…

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The National Demonstration for Free Education 2014

Tomorrow, on Wednesday 19th November the streets of London will be swarmed with student representatives from all over the country to fight against university fees. Organised by The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, The Young Greens and The Student Assembly Against Austerity and backed by the NUS, the march will take place beneath banners which say “Free Education: No fees. No cuts. No debt” this week in London. Featured on the National Demonstration’s Facebook page is a quote from Beth Redmond, from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts – “Four years on from the election of the Coalition,…

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