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A guide to City University London for Canadian students

We provide you with all of the essential information you need about City University as a prospective Canadian student

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Situated in various districts across London, City University’s location couldn’t get much better. If you’re tempted, then, by the lure of an education in one of the world’s most fast-paced and dynamic cities, why not consider studying there? We have provided you with a breakdown of the university to help you decide.

 

What’s London like?

If you didn’t already know (and let’s face it, you’d probably have to have been hiding under a rock to miss it), London is one of the most exciting, cultural and diverse cities in the entire world. Whatever food craving you have, whichever play you want to see, whoever you’re currently listening to… whatever your budget, whatever your needs, you can find it in London.

 

While, for some, this may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. TimeOut offers an extensive guide to what’s on in London at any given time, making lists for different needs which break it down nicely for you. These can be found here.

 

There are numerous forums, too, for Canadians living in London. These can help you to find out what they love and don’t love about the city, so it might be worth checking some of these out while making your decision.

 

What about City University?

Established in 1894 and receiving its royal charter in 1966, City University has been home to a huge amount of influential international students, initially from poorer backgrounds. Now best in the UK for journalism and 2nd in London (and within the top 40 in the world) for business, this prestigious institution offers a reputation unmatched by many.

 

For those of you interested in the Department of Journalism, or even those of you just after some valuable extra-curricular activities, the Student Union collaborates with students to run various media outlets. These include a radio station, a TV channel and an independent newspaper, The Square. Particularly, this outlet has received recognition, since its coverage of the election reached national media.

 

Is it popular with Canadians?

Without a doubt. London is popular with students from all nationalities, including Canada, and the university sends representatives to Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary to have a face-to-face discussion with any prospective students, even offering one-to-one meetings. You can find the details of these visits, and see if there are any scheduled near you any time soon, here.

 

How do I apply and what are the entry requirements?

As with any English university, applications are to be made through UCAS. And while entry requirements vary depending on which course you’re applying for, City University does provide guideline entry requirements.

 

For undergraduate degrees, you would be expected to have achieved a high grade in your individual territorial or provincial high-school diploma (i.e. – above 80/85%). For postgraduate degrees, you will need a strong BA grade in a relevant subject. For students applying to an MBA course, though, the university expect a first class degree, as well as 3+ years of work experience and a GMAT score of 600 or above.

 

Are there any famous alumni?

Having educated former prime ministers Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher, the current Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Professor Ziauddin Sardar, and even major radio DJ Jo Whiley, City University could take you to high places in whichever field you choose to step into.

 

What can I do in my spare time there?

As mentioned, there’s a whole bevy of things to do through your student union and as recommended by TimeOut, but in order to gain an even greater advantage, why don’t you check out the different ex-pat groups available for Canadians living in London?

 

These groups organise events and hangouts, recommend the best things to do, see, eat, drink and generally experience from the perspective of a fellow Canuck. You can see the full list of groups available here, and choose one (for London) which suits you.

 

Other than this, London is your oyster. Once you’ve had some encouragement and inspiration from other Canadians, you will develop the knowledge and confidence to explore your London and develop your own recommendations.

 

Now you’ve got all of the information you need, and where to find more, hopefully you’re not far off deciding on whether City University is somewhere you’d like to study.

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Phoebe recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree in English Literature from Canterbury Christchurch University. She has written for various websites and print publications including music magazine, NME. Phoebe loves music, gaming, reading and writing.

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