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Location and transport links are key considerations when choosing a university

We spoke to Simon Gomes, a Graphic Design tutor at University Centre, Doncaster. As well as the course he teaches, Simon highlights why location is important when deciding where in a country to study.


Size isn't everything

While the UK may not be as large as the US or Australia, this actually benefits all visitors from abroad. Most visit a new country to immerse themselves in the culture or see particular landmarks. For international students, these activities may be linked to the course they are studying. Studying in a smaller country doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a lot to see. In fact, it may just mean that everything is even easier for you to reach; good news when it comes to lower travel costs.


Make educational visits

Simon points out that University Centre’s location in the Midlands, is particularly excellent: ‘London is only two hours away and Doncaster is in located in central England so we are in close proximity to many internationally renowned design organisations, as well as cultural and regional / national landmarks’. Supplementing what you learn in lectures, with visits to related places, can really bring what you are studying to life. It is certainly a break from reading text every day. Seeing something in front of you, like an exhibit, can be very inspiring if you’re writing about it. This doesn’t have to be a lonely experience either, if you can find others on your course to go with.


Feeling comfortable in a new place

It can be comforting to be living in or close to a large, populated city like London; others may be a little hesitant of this and wish to live in calmer environment. For some, the status of a university or the course itself can be more important than surrounding. However, that doesn’t mean you must confine yourself to campus or your room all the time. Having reliable and consistent transport links is important to consider. If you have friends from home who are studying in the same country as you, arrange visits; everyone needs to see a familiar face occasionally, especially if neither of you can fly home between terms.


Take advantage of entertainment venues

You can’t study all the time; make the most of being in an area (or close to one) which attracts a lot of entertainment and cultural events. Does your favourite musician rarely tour your home country? While studying abroad, you may very well find you can reach a venue where they are playing in (Additionally, you can still get back home that night, so there’s no need to spend money on a hotel, or stay over in a unknown location). If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry; you can’t be expected to. Simon recommends speaking to ‘tutors, peers and those people who have experienced it already’ before you leave (both for places related to your course, or not).


Preparation for employment

While you may become comfortable exploring the country as a student, once you graduate, the professional world can be quite different and intimidating. So how does University Centre prepare students before they go out into the “adult world” to find employment? Simon continues: ‘The techniques and processes [students] apply, are used when they gain employment after they have graduated. Professional practice modules in years two and three also fully prepare students for work in the design industry’. Simon also notes how visiting lecturers and guest speakers regularly share their experiences with students; something which goes a long way to reassure and boost their confidence during a global recession. Again, you may find those transport links useful if you want to remain in the same city you studied, to work.



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Location and transport links are key considerations when choosing a university

Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.


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