Following the World Education Fair held last month, the number of applications submitted by Romanian youth for studies abroad increased by 12% compared to last year. These data, correlated with those of previous years, show us that Romanians are increasingly tempted by studying at schools and universities abroad. What motivates some of these young people to leave, but also the impressions they have on the spot, we learned from two Romanian students studying at the University of Sunderland, UK.
Lucian Gheorghiu is a postgraduate student at Radio (Management and Production) at the University of Sunderland. He went to the UK after finishing high school because he saw this step as an investment in his future, thinking that a qualification obtained there could give him a greater chance of hiring, he confessed. But beyond that, he sees studies away from home and as an opportunity "to stay in a foreign country and to know a different world."
Cosmin Ioan Andone is a postgraduate student at Film and Cultural Studies at the same university. Cosmin was impressed by studying abroad from a presentation about the international opportunities for studies and career, held in his high school.
How do the two students see the British education system
Cosmin highly commends the British system for how courses are organized, stressing that "in the UK there is an emphasis on understanding the information taught rather than on its mechanical memorization." And Lucian is excited about the way the courses are organized: "Here at the university you are more likely to practice, apply the theoretical part, not just read and memorize a lot of stuff," he told us.
What a day in a student's life at the University of Sunderland looks like
Lucian confesses that the Sunderland student looks good. As a program, "there are not many courses, and as you move forward in years, lessons in lessons, but you need to do more independent study. On the media side, Sunderland is one of the best-ranked universities, he says, with many endowments, radio, television and photo studios where you can do a lot of practice. " In addition, with this program, there is also time for a part-time job, Lucian argues.
Do you need a lot of money to go to study abroad?
The two of us tell us that studying abroad is not difficult, and the financial challenges are solvable: "It's a pleasant experience, it teaches you to be independent, and it's not complicated from a financial point of view. For a study fee, you can get a loan from the UK, and with a part-time job you can support the rest of your expenses, "Lucian confesses. In addition, Cosmin adds that there are also specially designed university programs designed for students, which can generate extra financial resources.
Do they still want to return to the country for a possible career?
Both of us said that there is the possibility to return to Romania after completing the studies for a career in the field they were prepared for. Moreover, Lucian tells us that he would really like to go back to the country, where he thinks he could find a job in the media, but for a lower salary than the offers he could Get in the UK.
Collaboration between the university and businesses
Cosmin argues that their university has close ties with "the business representatives of all faculties in the subordinate." Those who would be tempted to go to University of Sunderland, Lucian says, "It's a very good choice that will help them in the future and give them many interesting experiences and useful knowledge throughout their studies." Cosmin describes both the university and the city of Sunderland with English expression "an acquired taste," and movie enthusiasts tell them that "Ridley Scott is around and Alien sequences were filmed on the beach here."
About the University of Sunderland
The University of Sunderland is located on the north-east coast of Great Britain. It is recognized as an innovative institution with high standards of teaching and research. There he is currently studying over 19,000 full-time and part-time students each year, with 89 undergraduate programs and 63 Masters programs in the three campuses he has (two in Sunderland and one in London). The University of Sunderland is also recognized for its close collaboration with large companies around the world.
And in the charts made at regional or international level, the university is well positioned. For example, in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2016, 94% of university graduates work or continue their studies within 6 months of graduation.
Also, in 2014, International Student Barometer puts the University of Sunderland in 5th place in terms of satisfaction with residential services and the satisfaction of living costs there. Also, the international ranking ranked British University in the same year on the 10th place in terms of satisfaction with the consultancy offered to the students.
Here you can find more information about the university, which are all study programs, fees and funding methods and scholarships available to young Romanians, details that you can also discuss with the IntegralEdu educational consultant.
Young Romanians who wish to continue their studies at universities in the UK or in other countries can seek the support of IntegralEdu educational consultants for file preparation, application and admission, and consultancy services are free of charge for all international partner institutions.