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Studying in England?

Discussion in 'General International Discussion' started by NeedtoKnow, Feb 5, 2002.

  1. NeedtoKnow

    NeedtoKnow Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Can anyone provide me with your experiences while studying in England? How's the weather? How's the market prices? What is it like living in a different environment and place? What is your suggestions in regards to travel? Which one is cheaper? Bus or train? Which one is more reliable? Is there a student rate? If you have anything else to add, please do. Thanks.
     
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  3. docteur

    docteur Junior Member

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    Hey needy,
    I can't say that I studied there, but certainly acquired an education while travelling around. But from what I saw, the market prices varied between London and the rest of England (i.e. London is the most expensive city I have ever seen.)
    Things like travel depend on where you are and want to go. I could ramble on about the various modes and deals, but I suggest you look up counciltravel.com for the definitive and reliable information and some of the best deals. Their not doing any flight info right now, but they can tell you all about the busses and trains. They also set you up with every student discount you can find. You can get you ISIC card through them as well, that will save you a few bucks in alot of places.
    Another avenue you might want to explore is the easyeverything company. I got a roundtrip plane ticket from London to Belfast for $20US on easyjet. They mean no frills though.
    What are your plans... I am going to France next year and want to look into their med programs. Have you found any info about international programs???
    If you have any other questions about traveling I would be glad to share my experiences.
    -Doc

    <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" /> I just had to try this, sorry
     
  4. NeedtoKnow

    NeedtoKnow Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Thank Doc! I am currently considering St. Christopher as an option for my education. It is a new school that has an affiliation with the University of Luton. Yes, they do rent space there. However, I have done my research in regards to US licensure. It is okay for states that I am interested in practicing. Many students and administrators from other universities are skeptical about the entire education program. Hence, they will initiate many false allegations toward the school.

    As for French medical schools, I am not sure. But it is worth a try to contact the schools over there. From what I know, all medical schools that are chartered in the UK and France are eligible for the boards and licensure in all 50 states.

    St. Christopher is not a UK school.

    As for caribbean schools, St. George is highly recognized. AUC and Ross is also recognize in all 50 US states but have their pros and cons. SABA has a high success rate on the boards. Medical University of the Americas is a new affiliate of SABA which has two campuses. St. Matthews University is not recommended because of unstability.

    There are other schools in the European area. Hungarian schools are appealing to US residents also. But has its ups and downs. Polish schools have been a popular school with a few individuals. There are also other schools but they are not geared towards the USMLE.

    Good luck
     
  5. FionaS

    FionaS Kitty sitting 10+ Year Member

    Well, hi there, I happen to be a student in the UK. To answer your questions:

    The weather is mainly rain - as you'd expect. The westcountry (southwest - Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset etc) is warmest and wettest - and is also the main holiday destination. Snow is rare, but so is really hot weather! Scotland is the coldest, along with North England. The Southeast (which includes London, Cambridge and Oxford - just) is the hottest and dryest area of the UK, but there isn't actually that much difference.

    London is by far and away the most expensive part to live in (most expensive city in Europe apparently) - rent there is double that elsewhere for a room/flat of half the size. Basically the further North or West you go, the cheaper it is.

    As for travel in the UK - connections between Ireland and GB are best made by plane - companies like easyjet, go, bmibaby are the most likely to give you cheap tickets. Within GB, neither train or bus is great, but I much prefer trains - when they run. The railways are going thourgh a bit of a crisis at the moment, so trains running several hours late a pretty normal. Coach is awful (really cramped if you're 5'11"), but if you're going somewhere obscure they might be an idea. Get yourself an ISIC card (?6 -whatever that is in dollars) and then get a Young Person's Railcard (?18 - valid for a year). This gets you a 1/3 off most train tickets, and always book at least 2 weeks in advance otherwise your pocket will really feel it (for example, if I want to travel Plymouth to B'ham return (about 200 miles) and book 2 weeks in advance I pay ?10ish, but if I book the day before I pay ?100ish - big difference!).

    Living all over varies so much - students sharing a student house normally pay about ?45-50 a week (except in London - about ?90/wk there). If you're renting on your own in professional acc the price rises quite dramatically.

    As for studying in the UK, I've only got experience of Med Shool here (since this is my first degree), but I'm told (I don't know how accurate that is though!) that american degrees are a lot more structured than UK degrees with more timetabled teaching etc, so you might find it a little unstructured to begin with. As far as medicine is concerned, it's pretty much the most structured degree there is in the UK, but it varies between Universities.

    England generally is quite an expensive place to live, especially if you want to run a car (easily the best way to get around) - petrol, insurance and tax all just keep on going up (I pay (approx!) ?180 tax/yr, ?500/yr insurance and a minimum of ?10/wk on petrol at about 78p a litre). Alcohol and Cigarettes also have a big markup on them, so buy them duty free (which you can do easily enough by crossing the France/UK border, esp if you're close to London).

    Got to go do a presentation about Audit, so I'll stop there!
     
  6. NeedtoKnow

    NeedtoKnow Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Thank you very much!!! All I need now is an American English-to-British English helper guide. As simple as the word "tick" was enough to get me going. It took me awhile to understand that it meant "check" in American English. But thanks for the generous info. You're awesome!
     
  7. leorl

    leorl Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    Hehe Need, I had the same "problem," much to the amusement of the natives and my American friends. For instance, I had to look up "wellies" on the internet to find out what wellington boots were like the kind that the raincoat paddington bear wears. I got teased a lot for that one. But you're gonna have so much fun, and you'll learn the slang in no time. The great thing is...you pick up something new every day! They have all different sorts of words for stuff...mongetou (spelling?) for snowpeas or something. But that's half the fun :) .

    Although the UK isn't part of the Euro, if you want to travel to other countries, the Euro is gaining on the dollar...they're almost equivalent, which is a "damnit!" for us. Bring a lot of money :) . England isn't the cheapest place for living (schooling tuition is a lot cheaper than ours, but living and entertainment costs can be exorbitant). Like a starbucks frap in London costs about 4 pounds. Now, when I went a year ago...that was like 6 dollars which is double the price in the US! Luton will be a bit cheaper, but still not very favorable. Luton's about an hour from London by train, I think.

    Good luck and have fun!
     
  8. NeedtoKnow

    NeedtoKnow Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Thankx for the info.
     
  9. FionaS

    FionaS Kitty sitting 10+ Year Member

    There is actually a book (published by Lonely Planet I think - I would provide a link but their site seems to have crashed) which translates UK english into American english. It also explains about different accents/dialects that you find throughout the UK!!
     

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