How to choose a University course?

The Subject:

Think about the subject, maybe you already have something in your mind, something that you wanted to study since always. Focus on what you like and how can you develop in that field. Now it's the time to have a degree to improve your career. You will have more job opportunities and higher salary. If you like the Accounting you should think in some specialized course like Accounting Administration, Accounting Assistant or Accounting Clerk, to name a few. If you have not thought of anything, you can make a list of your skills and the things you like to do when you are not studying, if you like computers or to connect to the internet for doing some investigation research, you should think to study some Technology or Information course. it's important to study what you really like. Choose a job you love and you will never have to work, (Confucius). Once you know what you wish to study, choose the University that better suits your needs.

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The Course content:

If you have some course decided, the next step is to look into the University prospect. But keep in mind that there is much difference between universities, although the name is the same the course content can vary significantly from one University to another, it is highly recommended to take a look into the prospect of at least three universities, so you can decide which of these universities for you.

Optional modules:

If you decide for one course but if you still want to learn more about some other interesting course, there are some universities that give students the possibility to study optional modules, Of course you must be sure they are related to your area.

Teaching method:

One of the most important things to choose a University course or a University, is the Teaching method. You have to know how is the methodology in the University you are going to study, more specifically on the course you will study. If you are some of those people that really don't like the examinations, you should find out if there is another way to be qualified, like module assignments, essays or dissertation. Maybe some of these options can't totally replace the exams, but may mean a good percentage of the final grade.

The books:

You should find out what are the books that are generally used in the course, if they are big lectures or small tutorials. If you can talk with some student that is already taking the course, ask him or her if he/she consider the books or lectures are good enough or the teachers are not giving good references.

Faculty members:

One of the biggest complaints from students is that the professors do not always teach, but their assistants. This is not a big problem, but if you want to learn from other's experience then the class should be given by the professor. Try to find out who are the most important professors in your area, you can join students chatrooms and ask some of them.

Work abroad opportunity:

Some part of students besides looking for a course are looking for some opportunity to

Professor talking with students on campus
work abroad, to win more independence and more experience, it also depends on the country you are going to work. Take a time to find out what kind of possibilities you have to get a vacancy in other country.

Use the internet:

To know a University it's not necessary to visit the campus, actually you can find out whatever you want going to the University's website or joining the social networking. Facebook is a big tool for applicants, it's open, it's free and you can see student's ideas, comments, photos and you can make some of them your friends to know a little more about the course and/or University you want to go.

Half-time job:

Maybe you want to work and study at the same time, if you are looking for a job keep on that. Attending a course does not mean stop working, in fact there are some universities that offer students part-time jobs to pay their expenses.

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