Studying abroad for your degree is a big decision and making sure you are choosing the right path is critical. For some people, applying to university in a different country might be a spontaneous decision, whereas for others it might be a well-thought plan. I was the latter. I had a good idea of how I wanted to continue my academic career, but most importantly, where. I chose the UK because of a few obvious reasons that most people will mention when discussing educational institutions around the world. The UK has a lot of world renowned universities, the language was not going to be much of a barrier and it presented a lot more opportunities and chances for development than my home-country did.

 

You need to betrue to yourself

If I were to describe the thought process behind applying, it would be something like this: choose country, choose course, choose city, choose university. At least that’s how it was for me. It was only the beginning of my last year of high-school that I decided I wanted to study Computer Science. It seemed like a good fit and it was (still is) one of those really sought-after subjects that everyone is looking for. Now, in terms of choosing a city, I think it’s here that you can go one of two specific ways. You can either choose a large city which offers considerably more options and opportunities — but also bigger costs, or, you can choose a smaller one which can provide more security and a sense of community. Correlated to the idea of a bigger/smaller city is choosing the university as well. Personally, I was eager to gain experience outside the classroom, so that is one of the reasons I chose King’s College London. At the same time, I do know people who enjoy being in a closed-campus university and would not trade that experience for the excitement a big city promises.

Remember tonever give up

King’s College London is the most central university in London. In fact, the nearest station is quite literally the geographical centre of London. It offers a vast variety of courses, ranging from fields such as Art, to Medicine. Frankly, the deciding factor in choosing King’s as my first choice was solely based on League Tables. Looking at this now, I can confidently say that it isn’t the brightest idea to place so much importance on rankings. Yes, King’s is regarded as one of the best universities in the UK, and for that matter, it’s very well-known globally as well. But, what league tables don’t say, for instance, is how student satisfaction is so low for most London universities, not because of the actual quality of education or facilities, but for the fact that London as a place to live is extremely pricy.

As I am now going into my third and final year, I am quite sure I made the right decision coming here. The course itself is challenging, but not so challenging that you cannot enjoy things outside of it. I won’t say attending a lesser known university will be a disadvantage to anyone in any way, but, studying at King’s (or any Russell Group university for that matter) does help with getting your foot in the door. In terms of workload, I think they make sure to give students the chance to manage their own time, they don’t really try to micromanage what you do — there’s no handholding, but I guess that’s the case with higher education in general. And it makes sense, university is in fact an intermediary step to becoming a more self-sufficient individual. As far as facilities go, King’s does a great job, generally speaking. There’s plenty of study spaces available and most people and lecturers are extremely approachable and helpful. They also organise careers fairs from time to time and you can subscribe to certain mailing lists which give you lots of opportunities for jobs/internships. Overall, as I mentioned previously, I am content with my choice and I would highly suggest anyone who’s willing to put in a lot of hard work to apply to university in the UK. It’s challenging and a bit strange in the beginning, but things fall into place with time and the education and experiences you’re getting are 100% worth it.