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1. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

Heya everyone!

Since this website is so great to meet people from all over the world, I figured I'd ask you international folks a little question!

I have just completed a Bachelor's degree and want to both work and travel. In a couple of years, I want to go back to school and get my Master's and have decided to get out of Canada and either study in Europe or the U.S. Here are some of the universities I'm looking into:

- City University in London, England
- Universitaire Denis Didrot in Paris, France
- University of Westminister in London, England
- New York University - New York, USA
- Michigan State University - East Lansing, USA

What I basically want to know is:

- For the european ones I've listed, do they have good "names" or standing in the community? (especially Denis Didrot or Westminister, because I have never really heard of them)
- Can anyone out there recommend another one in Europe or the states that has a Masters in Journalism, Communications or Media Studies? (That are given in either French or English)

Thanks so much in advance guys!

Katie ;)

2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

You didn't really ask about NYU's "name", so you probably already know that NYU is considered a very good school to attend here in the states... Not quite an ivy league school, but still one of the most respected Universities here in the states.

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

Thanks! :) I actually know about NYU and Michigan State being just North of you guys in Canada ;)'s the others that I'm a little fuzzy about. Especially the one in Paris (I would loooooove to live there!)

Katie ;)

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Can't help with the US ones or even from a course point of view, but of the 2 London ones, i'd say Westminster to be a better choice than City. I know somebody who did a placement at DD, but don't know anything more about it. I'll try and find out for you.

As for other options, Many Masters courses right across Europe in are taught in English anyway, so you have at least the chance to go and study in any number of countries. Basically, it depends on anywhere you particularly do/don't want to go, and what your looking for.

I would suggest (totally unscientifically) that if possible you pick a European (or at least Non-Nth American) place to study, as i think from an experience/lifestyle etc point of view, it would be much better/more different than the US which i'm guessing would be more similar to the Canadian lifestyle/schooling experience. This is nothing at all against American/Canadian places, but i personally think that as a North American you would get much more out of studying in a different continet and experiencing living properly abroad than going to the US.

Sorry, Not sure any of that helps

5. Posted by terminator (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Michigan!!!!I saw it's website,it's very good!!hahah,really.A good school should have a good website,isn't it?

6. Posted by Pam CAN (Inactive 22 posts) 12y

It really depends where you want to be, the two london universities you mentioned are quite good, both are in central london and both are good. The great thing about living in london is all the travel you can do from there, 2 major airports and loads of diffrent airlines flight out of there, tons of deals and you can go anywhere in europe for the weekend, I never travelled as much as when I lived in london, you are also quite close to the north american east coast, so you can come home for holidays and stuff like that. also in england you can work (legally) being a student for 20hrs per week, can normally do a bit more.

7. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

Thx guys :)

Rich: I have to check more into Westminister, but I know that City is really good, so thanks for the heads up! I will also check into other universities in Europe, because I wasn't aware that there were a lot of English Masters programs out there.

Pampessoa: One of my friends is actually studying in London right now (not for her masters, but rather as an exchange student) and is working 20 hours a week. It would be great to be able to work legally and not have to way out all those ethical issues about finding a job under the table.

You guys have been such a great help so far!

Katie ;)

8. Posted by Pam CAN (Inactive 22 posts) 12y

"It would be great to be able to work legally and not have to way out all those ethical issues about finding a job under the table."

Without saying the exploitation that it is, ridiculous hours and well under the minimum wage! Westminster is a good university, as well as city.

If you have a student visa to england you will have automaticaly a work permit, it is written in the stamp - you should arrive in england already with all your school documentation, and the letter of acceptance, the imagration officer should give your visa immediatelly and you can look for work whenever you want.

Good luck with your choices.

9. Posted by Bracer7 (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Being from England and having done a BSc and now doing a MA thru work, if you got the money to study (and live) in London would be amazing, after all its one of the world's truley great cities (settle down NY-ers know your right up there at the top of the list also!!!).

I would look at it this way (as someone who always wanted to go to a US University):

1. Where are you least liekly to end up living/ working for any significant amount of time in the future (ok a guesssing game I know)
2. which of the locatiions are you more than likely going to at least take a vacation to
3. How do the courses compare on a global standing- if for example NYU opens the doors to the career you want go for that, as you may end up working out of London thanks to that academic qualification!

OK, probably did nt help much but sometimes helps hear a perspective from someone else!

10. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

Thanks for the reply Bracer, I'm always welcome to new and different points of view! My biggest concern is getting the money to study overseas or in the US. As for job benefits, I think either place would benefit me greatly in my field - I would make contacts in either country and try and maintain the ones I have here in Canada. I still have a while before I plan on doing my masters, but it's always good to think about!

Pam, thanks for the pointers! I also have a Greek citizenship (with my father being from there). Since Greece is part of the EU, would I have to apply for a work visa in England to work full-time? (I know from Canada I can get part-time status, but I'd just like to know if it is different amoung EU countries)

Katie ;)