Are you interested in economic surroundings and seeking for a Study Program Abroad? I have the right answer for you! Stockholm School of Economics

Today I’m going to talk about Stockholm School of Economics, trying to explain why you should consider this Business School where to study abroad.

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Stockholm School of Economics

Stockholm School of Economics, also known as SSE, is a European Business School founded in 1909. It is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and it’s extremely oriented to form students in the business environment. Below I report mission and vision of the school.

Mission

The objective of the Stockholm School of Economics is to, through scientific teaching and research, strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness.

Vision

The SSE vision is to firmly establish itself as a member of the top tier of European business schools and to be recognized as a global benchmark industry collaboration and for thought leadership in selected knowledge fields.

SSE is a scientific institution. For this reason, it aims to prepare you with an objective and analytical way of teaching. Moreover, an SSE graduated student will acquire a critical way of thinking, being able then to analyze and judge situations under an economical and rational light. However, empathy and personal motivation are fully required in order to become a good leader. In other words, SSE trains students to become strong, passional and clearly skilled entrepreneurs as well as businessmen. Above all, Stockholm School of Economics is strongly based on values of equality and diversity, embracing the openminded Swedish society. Combining both ingredients, SSE will growth you under a personal and professional perspective.

Discover the reasons to study abroad in Sweden, read our Blog Post

Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees

SSE offers several study programs (Bachelors and Masters) tailored for you.

MSc in Finance

The program is taught by experienced faculty with outstanding expertise in a broad range of financial topics. The program covers several areas including

  • Capital Markets
  • Valuation (including options)
  • Fixed Income
  • Capital Structure.

Moreover, this program offers two specializations:

  1. Corporate Finance
  2. Investment Management

Usually, students choose to do the specialization at the end of the first semester of the program. Finance graduates are highly successful in launching and pursuing careers in investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, investment management and consulting around the world.

Master in Economics

The program is focused on problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide variety of settings. Furthermore, it offers an invaluable start to your career. Therefore, it combines economic analysis and quantitative empirical methods, giving you the tools to analyze complex real-world problems in public policymaking, as well as in private business and international organizations.

MSc in Accounting, Valuation & Financial Management

It is designed for students seeking an in-depth understanding of how financial and non-financial controls can be integrated and applied in managing multinational companies in various industries. Above all, the program aims to teach you how large companies report to shareholders and other external stakeholders as well as how those groups assess companies’ financial and non-financial performance.

MSc in Business & Management

The MSc in Business & Management has been specially designed for students deeply interested in business creation with a passion for development. In addition, the study program will develop the managerial knowledge and skills needed to excel in today´s organizations, to act and to make decisions in highly uncertain and complex environments.

MSc in International Business

If you are interested to lead, collaborate, inspire and to be inspired by talented professionals with different backgrounds, this program is definitively for you. In fact, It provides students with the tools to master the challenges of management and strategy in global organizations.

MSc program in International Business is ranked 12th out of 100 top international business schools by the Financial Times (September 2018).

Bachelor in Business & Economics

The study program provides students with a solid academic foundation for a career in business

  • Entrepre­neurship
  • Government
  • Non-govern­ment organizations
  • Academia.

You will learn fundamentals of Economics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Manage­ment, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Law and Data Analytics. Furthermore, students will develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and cre­ativity. As mentioned above, SSE also encourages personal development such as reflection, self-awareness and cultural orientation. By choosing this Bachelor, you will con­tribute to the development of society and of individual corporations and organizations.

Bachelor in Retail Management

It’s a three-year program with a strong focus on retailing, including Economics, Marketing, Accounting, Management, Strategy. Many courses are adjusted to give both general content and retail-specific content. Moreover, the program prepares students for a successful career in retail or in companies that deal with business retailers, such as suppliers and management consultants. In conclusion, the graduates from the Retail Management program are in high demand in the retail sector and among other companies requiring retail experts.

The most recent employment report conducted among our 2018 bachelor graduates shows that it pays off to study at SSE. Among all graduates, 95% had found a job within three months of graduation.

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So you think you are done with Uni. But beware, University is not done with you. At some point, they will invite you to a graduation ceremony. What is it? Why does it exist? What do I do? Do not fear, let us tell you all you need to know to survive your graduation ceremony.

What is a Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony, or convocation, is a relatively long celebration in which the official representatives of a university hand out the diplomas to the University, Masters or Doctorate students (hopefully, after all the exams are over, and they are finishing their degrees). Although American high schools also celebrate it, convocation is strictly a University celebration that dates from the medieval era in Europe.

Now… Saying that a graduation ceremony is just a boring event will make you miss some of the detail and fun that you can have there. But also, it is quite a complex manoeuvre itself. We are therefore going to describe the steps of any graduation ceremony for you to be ready to survive the last step of Uni.

Steps of any Graduation

  • Introduction – Just like anywhere else, things start in the beginning. Someone important (or, hopefully, a funny showman) will open the event that is devoted to students, their parents, and the university.
  • Speeches – Now, several people will get everyone´s attention. From the deans and professors to an especially renowned invitee, and even the students! This is a great opportunity to tone down the evening, with some student inside jokes or even criticism.
  • Diplomas – If you though the speeches were boring, beware: now every single student will be called up to walk through the stage and pick up the diploma. As you can guess, this can take up to two hours. This part of the ceremony, though, is famous for the pranks some students decide to play. But we´ll talk about those in a minute.
  • Farewell – this is probably the most emotional moment of the whole event. Not just because it´s finally over, but because you realize you are saying goodbye to the uni, the campus, the teachers, and many of your friends. Ultimately, you might be saying goodbye to your student life, which is -for many, the best period you get in life.

Now that you understand the steps of the graduation, let us point out what you should not miss!

Gaudeamus Igitur

Gaudeamus is a song (in Latin!) traditionally sang in graduations. Although it is the “official” anthem of universities (with its medieval origin and all), it is just an old drinking song that invites you to “enjoy life because it is too short” -or if you were paying attention in lit class, carpe diem. Some graduation ceremonies play it through the speakers while others hire choirs or ask the teachers and students to sing it. In my promotion, we were well aware of the origins and meaning and decided to sing it. It was a bit ridiculous and very fun for us. And professors were quite surprised.

Speech

Do not be discouraged by speeches: for some are actually very interesting. When the university invites a professional or academic to give the honorific speech, it is not about their achievements, but about life lessons. People go crazy about YouTube videos of celebrities and geniuses on graduation speeches, well go figure… you can attend one live!

Academic Regalia

As you probably know, the dressing code of a graduation ceremony is quite awkward… since it also dates from the medieval time. It is all about uniforming all students to give a clear message of “democracy and equality”.

So be aware, this is not about being the prom queen, but about showing belonging to your university, discipline and educational level. As a side note, you should contact older students to try to buy their used graduation clothes, because you can spend a lot of money on this otherwise. This is what you need to know!

Graduation Outfit

  • Grown/toga – is a large tunic you wear over your regular suit or dress. Be aware: OVER your suit. You will also have to look for a serious blazer jacket or nice dress and pair of shoes for the ceremony. This is normally black or blue, and the university will direct you to the proper model of the gown (the sleeves are different for bachelor, masters or doctorate students).
  • Hood or cowl – Goes over the grown and might show the distinct colours of the discipline you studied. If like me, you get lucky, you just get to wear your cowl over your suit and no grown (quite convenient). This is the colour code you must follow:
graduation ceremony
  • Caps, tassels and medals – Other accessories are the caps, medieval-like hats which also vary depending on hierarchy and discipline. We all know the stereotypical image of students tossing them in the air after graduation, and that is completely true. Even the tassel, or the “rivety” thread that hangs from the cap, must have its correct placement. Also, medals or other accessories might be worn.
  • Pranks – It has become quite normal to see students prank the teachers or the entire crowd while picking up their diploma. Everything from doing a backflip to revealing a fancy dress underneath the toga. Some universities embrace these practices, but most will take serious measures against this. Far from putting yourself in danger, while you perform your stunt you are clouding the next fellow´s minute of glory. As I explained before, this ceremony is all about equality. So if you want to be brave about it, I will not take responsibility! -but I hope you have fun.

But take a moment to think of what it means for you, and how proud you should be of yourself. If you managed to survive uni, it means our guide was helpful!

graduation ceremony

Do not forget to check our recommended Online Open Days or the other blogs in the series that you might have missed.

Check out our other blogs in the series “Surviving Uni” Volume one, two and three!

During the initial days of college, almost all the student faces very difficulty in the completion of their tasks and assignments. They have to do several things, like focusing on their studies, participation in extra activities along with their assignments; it seems a very tough task for students. Due to all this, definitely, a student will feel overburdened.

In this regard, getting assignment services is an ideal option you can go for. It will help you a bit in releasing your stress about college. The expert paper writer gives you qualified work on time. They become professional after a lot of experience; they assure to provide you with quality work.

In this article, today, we will let you know the significant benefits of getting academic paper writing services.

·      It Saves Your Time:

Writing quality assignment will be much time consuming for the student who does not have enough information. Students will go through several books and explore the internet properly for quality work. In this regard, getting paper writing services will help you a lot in saving your time. In writing companies, all the writers own a lot of information due to vast experience in the same field. They can do your work better and with quality.

·      Enhance Your Subject Knowledge:

Assignment written from professional services will be having enough information about a particular subject which can benefit you in increasing your subject knowledge. They write after thorough research on the topic which will enhance your information. Before submission of your assignment, you will surely read it, in this way it will increase your subject knowledge and you can get prepared to write your next task on your own.

·      No Plagiarism:

Usually, students copy all the given information from the internet to make their assignment. It is not a good thing to do. Getting a professional writing service will benefit you in this way too. They will give you complete plagiarism free work. Such companies have strict plagiarism policies, and they assure plagiarism free assignment. They write all the things from scratch to provide you with unique work. A professional writing service will give you always work without duplication.

How the lecturers recognize plagiarism? An efficient plagiarism checker gives a ‘plagiarism score’ and informs them as to where you have lifted the material from. In terms of the score, anything approaching 40% (depending on the type of work it is) certainly arouses our suspicions. An efficient plagiarism checker does work rather well as an anti-plagiarism device. If it has missed it for some reason, if you have spotted on the internet and downloaded it, the chances are that at least one other person in the group has done the same thing. Once again, another 100% score and a trip to an Unfair Means hearing.

·      Impeccable Academic Work:

Getting assignment writing will benefit you in a way that you can get help from skilled professionals in any way you want. Their expert writers will give you flawless work, which will help you in gaining good grades. Such companies offering services also offer you to get assistance from their professionals. By talking to their customer service support, you can seek help in any of your academic work professionally.

Getting academic writing service help you a lot in lots of different ways it help you in releasing your stress. If you have a deadline to submit the assignment along with other several tasks, so it will result in giving you pressure, which is not suitable for health. Getting paper writing services will release your stress; you can easily submit your assignment on the given deadline without any hindrance.

Thousands of students browse the internet every day looking for masters and bachelors to study. They might be looking for their favourite degree, thinking about Studying Abroad, or just browsing to get information about scholarships and tuition fees. They might very clearly know what they want to study or be full of doubts. That is why we are so proud to present them with our Online Open Days. But not everyone understands the concept immediately. Therefore, we are now presenting you with: “What is an Online Open Day?”

In just a few words, an Online Open Day is an informative session (a webinar) in which you can connect with personnel from your favourite university or business school and make inquiries about content, fees, procedures etc. This is very useful if you live far away from such University (as far as “across the ocean”). You will also be presented with a general description of one or more programs and other related topics. The Online Open Days we promote are free for everyone to register, since we want everybody to have a chance to Study Abroad!

Let´s look at the term up close:

  • Online means you can access it from your computer, cell phone, or tablet. It is a short video presentation with members of the Uni staff and our moderator. But Online also means you can watch it later if you do not have time now!
  • Open Day is, just like in any other situation, a day in which you are invited to take part and discover everything about a certain program or group of programs. But Open Day also means that it is free for anyone to join.

Let´s also see how an Online Open Day is different to anything else around:

An Online Open Day is not an educational fair: you do not have to walk through a crowded stadium where 50 universities are handling out brochures and leaflets. You do not need to shout to speak with the representatives, and most importantly, you do not have to travel to different locations to attend!

An Online Open Day is not a virtual fair. You do not miss information because the presentation is too broad: Virtual Fairs are often shared amongst several universities and lack the personal touch of an expert taking care of you.

An Online Open Day is not a portal. You do not lack the personal attention and care of recruiters, something that is normally missing in portals. You can easily follow the information, pause and go forward depending on your pace. And you can ask anything you need to get live feedback!

If that is true, what is there in an Online Open Day?

Experts

When you join an Online Open Day you can see and hear the testimonies of some experts. Normally, we would include a recruiter or marketer, a teacher or program director and a student or alumni. This is the best combination between registration questions, program questions and practical questions. You wouldn´t do without those staff members, but sometimes it´s the ex-student that can answer the questions better.

Online

Although we have explained “on-demand” more than enough, there are some details that need further explanation: Most webinars are “live”. This means that you can connect at a certain day and time, and not before. You definitely can re-watch the session if you missed it, but today´s generations have a very tailored taste. That is why we also do On-Demand webinars, where you can watch it whenever you want.

Moderator

In our Online Open Days you can find a moderator that introduces the session and guides it throughout. Our moderator and producer, Simon, has done more than 600 webinars, and uses this experience to get the most out of university members, while entertaining you.

Content

The webinar is here to answer any question you might have before wanting to go to study. Most typical questions are about the theoretical and practical weight of matter, the amount and type of exams, the admission requirements, the tuition fees and scholarships, student life and living costs… even public transport in the city and VISA related questions!

Check out our Webinars and find out the University that fits better your dreams!

Applying for College With an Open and Prepared Mind

Applying for College With an Open and Prepared Mind

When it’s time to start preparing for the college application process, you may find yourself overwhelmed with your options and wondering where to start. Or maybe you’ve always known the university you want to attend and it’s your one and only plan to continue your education at that school. Either way, it’s necessary to take a step back and look at your future as a whole. It’s important to be realistic about the possibilities that are open to you, but keep in mind that with research, hard work, and the proper preparation, you can land yourself in what always has been or what will turn out to be the college of your dreams.

Start Early

Once high school begins, it’s never too early to start thinking about your plans for post-graduation. Take advantage of this time to try different clubs, activities, classes, and even jobs to find out what you’re good at and what you enjoy most. These steps will help make choosing a major and a college much easier for you. Most importantly, get a jump start on studying and preparing for your SAT’s, and take a look at what you need to do to earn grants and scholarships towards your degree.

Get Help From the Pros

It takes a lot of time and research to prepare for and apply to college. If you want to get ahead of the game and make sure you aren’t overlooking your best options, consider utilizing a College Applications Program, like from Bobby Tariq. A professional can help you present your best self and submit your best work by offering training and resources. They can help point you in the right direction by introducing you to schools that suit your profile best, even if you had never heard of or considered them before. They can also help you find financial aid in unexpected places.

Keep an Open Mind

Things change quickly during this phase of your life. As you learn more about yourself, you may find that your needs and desires are changing as you mature. You may also need to think about what is going to help you become a better person, not just a good employee. It’s never easy when life doesn’t follow your original plans, but keeping an open mind can bring you to places that are better than you had dreamed.

While you may have your eye on one college in particular, can it offer you the quality education, training, and opportunities that are unique to your individual goals? With a little time and effort, you could expand your horizons and find yourself in an unexpected place building a better future.

Living and studying in Finland_ Arctic safe haven for international students

Finland is becoming more international with each passing day. While proud of their rich Nordic culture, Finns are curious about new cultures and put effort into making Finland a remarkable connection between Europe and the rest of the world.

The climate in Finland is a mixture of maritime and continental, depending on the location. The Golf current flowing from the south bring warm winds and thus the climate the northern Europe is warmer than in other locations in the same latitude.

Finland is a country that offers many career and life opportunities, may it be for students, expats and even families! Why it is the new perfect destination for foreign students and immigrants and the happiest country for the second consecutive year? There are 3 perfect answers: Let’s find out.

Study life: In general, Finland is well known for its highly ranked education system.

This is not merely a myth, but it also seems to be experienced by many international students. Students appreciate the universities in Finland mainly for its high academic standards and the teaching staff, especially mentioning about everyone being very student friendly.

Freedom: This is no doubt one of the best qualities of Finland. Students has freedom to choose and study on a phase that is not too competitive and fierce, thus allowing students to be more creative while improving self-learning and problem-solving skills.

Haven for travelers: One of the most well-connected countries in the world: Finland is located in North of Europe and you can travel to over 130 destinations in Europe, Asia or North America in just a few short hours. It is home to Vanajavesi, a long narrow lake, Aulanko park and the famous red brick castle as noted among the few landmarks of the country. For a quick escapade of grand architectures, you can also visit Hämeenlinna Historical Museum, the Santa Claus Village or a quick tour at Åland Islands, students and families and travelers van visit the islands on midsummer’s eve and join the ancient celebration marking the longest day of the year!

Be it adventure or calmness that you’re looking for, you will find it in Finland!

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The ultimate student test is, without a doubt, the exams. But they have a reputation too tough for what they really are. If you think about it, every graduate survived university examinations and is alive to tell the tale. I myself have been asked this question many times during our webinars. So here is what came out: how I survived uni exams, and how can you do it!

It is important to understand why exams exist. They are not there to make you suffer (hopefully), but to achieve a certain set of goals: to inform the teacher of your progress, to help you crystallize the knowledge, and to help the institution prove that you are worthy of the title they are providing you with.

Think about it! This is just another bureaucratical step in giving you an official title. So whether you consider exams as an aid to memorize or quite the contrary, you need to be friends with them in order to pass. And there are a couple of tricks to get it over with.

Many students asked us about exams during our webinars

NO, I´M NOT TALKING ABOUT CHEATING

As much as it might sound fun, universities take cheating very seriously. Maybe you or someone you knew did cheat in high-school, but this is not it. Cheating in university exams is considered illegal in many places. Provided that you might already be of legal age, you just cannot risk it. One of the big steps towards maturity is becoming an honest person.

So then, how do you survive university exams? You can check our last blog to see a list of all suggested studying techniques, but here are some tricks.

-“The sneaky summary”-

This is technically not cheating but I am sure teachers would hate it. But I have successfully used it in many occasions: If you are able to summarize all of your content (or the worst part) in a short scheme or summary, you just have to keep that in your mind. But if you still have problems with that, here is what you do: you look at this short checklist until the last minute, then put it away. When you are given the exam papers, you use the last blank paper they give you to very quickly write it down by memory. Even before reading the questions. Then, when you start writing, you have the support of your “cheat sheet”.

-“Exam simulation”-

Not many people use this technique, but you might find exam papers from previous years, or last year students might remember what the exam was. It is very useful to try to accomplish these “fake exams” at home, with an alarm clock stating the time. This way you can know for sure if you are prepared.

 -“Behind-the-door posters”-

It is also great to make big posters with the content, and stick them behind doors, on the wall or wardrobe doors, windows etc. If you take quick glances at it many times a day, you will reinforce your long-term memory of those and therefore find it easier to remember during the exam itself.

Other important things

Clothing: It is more important than what you think: Being able to strip to a t-shirt if it is too hot or wear a jacket and light scarf if it is too cold is vital for your performance: you are going to be put to the test so don´t let your body draw you back: maybe you are very nervous and feel very hot, or maybe the AC has been cranked up and you start feeling shivers.

Controlling your nerves: This is one of the reasons why many people have a bad performance during exams. The accumulation of stress and sleep deprivation that precedes an exam can break most and ruin an otherwise perfect exam. It is important that, even if you cannot eat and sleep well before an exam, you know how to control your pulse and body reactions. Devote the 15 minutes previous to the exam to breathe slowly. You will realize that when you breathe very deep and slowly, your heart cannot accelerate, and you will find your symptoms reduced. Practice deep breathing and other techniques of nerve control to improve your results.

Write in the comments if you ever used one of these tricks, or if you know any others! Check our upcoming webinar opportunities here, and also check our other blogs in the series “surviving uni” volume one and two!

Barcelona College of Chiropractor (BCC) is the world’s first bilingual college of chiropractic, it offers the Master´s program and undergraduate  course credits in both English and Spanish. Chiropractor is a discipline that developed in the Western World due to a fluke experiment. In 1895, Daniel David Palmer, a magnetic healer living in the Midwest of the U.S., restored the hearing of a patient who had been deaf since injuring his spine 17 years prior. Palmer located and adjusted a displaced vertebra in the patient’s spine. Palmer hypothesized that the patient’s deafness had been caused by the effect of the displaced vertebra on the patient’s nervous system.

Learning Chiropractics

The college is now one of the top colleges for chiropractic medicine and the college is affiliated with one of Spain´s top leading universities; The Pompeau Fabra University and students get to have electives at the university. The program consists of a 4 year undergraduate degree program and then a one year Master´s Program. This will result in the certification of a double degree: BCC and IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Upon completion of the program your skills as a chiropractor will be fully in demand. According to recent statistics Spain has only one chiropractor for every 370,000 inhabitants, in other anglophone speaking countries the statistic is only slightly lower meaning that the employment rates upon completion of the program is very high, regardless of what country you are in. As part of the course as well students get to carry out work experience in the field.

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Furthermore living in Barcelona will give the students who study the course the opportunity to live in one of the most metropolitan and beautiful cities in Europe. The city has a great international student vibe and has lots of artistic and cultural history. The music scene is booming and there are dozens of restaurants and tapas bars to eat at. As well as studying an up and coming chiropractic course you will be get to live in a great city.

If you would like to learn more

about the degree and Master´s in chiropractic from Barcelona College of Chiropractor then be sure to sign up for the free webinar available on Demand. During the webinar you will learn about the admissions process, the course structure and career options.

All parents want their kids to have an exceptional educational background and well-groomed personality so that they can brag that they are parents of such cool kids.

But children can’t get an impressive CV without doing anything. Obviously, parents need to make smart choices, take careful decisions, and do detailed planning to turn this desire in reality. But most parents become reluctant when it is about pursuing ways to make it happen.

And there are many reasons for this reluctance:

  • Sometimes they can’t understand the potential benefits of an opportunity.
  • Sometimes financial issue becomes the hurdle.
  • Sometimes they have safety concerns associated with a prospect.

And sending children abroad for studies is a prospect which most of the parents miss due to all the reasons mentioned above. They find it financially burdensome, insecure, and they are also not able to grasp that besides elevating educational background, it has many other perks.

If you are also one of those parents who are unable to understand why letting your children study abroad can be the best thing you can do for them, then here is your trigger:

Problem Solving Skills:

Children know that they don’t have to handle anything when they are living with their parents. They have only one answer in any adverse situation: Mama/Papa will handle it! But this answer ends up in raising many questions about the problem-solving skills of children.

Going to study all alone in an entirely new country can be challenging. You have to live in a new setting which brings new challenges and problems. And when children know that they have to handle all these conditions on their own, then they get the courage to sort out their issues which develop strong problem-solving skills in them.

Increased Success Rate:

Degree from a foreign university is not only to brag in front of the relatives, but it also adds extra value to the CV. Many companies give preference to candidates who have pursued a degree from a foreign university.

Besides having a strong educational background, some other reasons for the increase in success rate are that companies understand that such candidates:

  • Are more experienced
  • Have a wider vision
  • Have strong analytical abilities
  • Have a mature life’s perspective

Leadership Skills:

Meanings of leadership are not only confined to leading a group of people, it is also about leading your own self. If you are managing your life successfully, setting goals for yourself, devising ways to achieve those goals, and directing yourself towards a path, then it is all leadership.

And while your child will be studying abroad, he will be doing all this!

He will develop perfect leadership skills while trying to manage his life to survive in the best possible way.

How to Ensure Your Child’s Safety?

If you have convinced yourself to send your child abroad for education, but his safety is the only concern that hinders you, then don’t worry. In this technologically advanced era, you can now use apps and software like mSpy to track the location and mobile activities of your children.

One might think that it’s an app to track phone without them knowing, but it has many more uses. It is the best option to keep an eye on your child when they are far away from you.

Although you might not believe, some people do not struggle with uni. Some people even find time to do other activities. And others are so passionate about something that they overcome the titanic task of studying and undertaking extra-curricular activities. There are many you can do, and you will soon find many people that are willing to share their time with you in doing such activities. Hence, we are going to go through most of the university extracurricular activities that you can do while studying abroad

Sports

Universities always promote sport among students. It is known that a healthy mind lives in a healthy body. It is not strange to find sports teams built around faculties or classes. But you will have to choose wisely, for this kind of activity is very vast:

  • Competitive sport vs not – Sometimes, the adrenaline of competition makes the experience worth it. Other times, the sport is about enjoying physical exercise or competing against yourself. Be aware of what kind of sport is played in each form (swimming, football, running, can all be both competitive or not competitive sports!).
  • Team vs Solo – If you are very social, you will enjoy any team sport, even if you are not great at it, just because you will get to be around other people. Or if you need time to disconnect from classes and classmates, you can choose a solo sport. Swimming is probably the most isolating sport, whereas rugby is normally prone to forming close groups.
  • Skill vs Health – All true sports are about physical condition. But the way in which this is expressed is different. You might need coordination, balance, control, resistance, brute strength, speed or great reflex. And the level of exhaustion after practice will also be different. On the one hand, CrossFit will drain all of your energy and have you ready to sleep. On the other hand, ping pong will require a lot of concentration and preciseness.

Research groups

Probably, the absolute opposite of sport is research groups. Some students gather to research about specific subjects, normally related to their studies. Research groups and PhDs are part of the life of University Professors, and those students that are to take the same pathway can take part in this adventure. This means you will spend more and more time in the classes and offices, library and others, helping teachers and research groups and also learning more than the average. It is a great opportunity to use university resources and learn if this new form of life is what you want to do in the future.

NGO´s

Another way of spending your time in university. If you feel a vocation to help others, if what you have learnt makes you see the world in a more critical way and you want to contribute to make it a better place, you should definitely become a volunteer in one of many NGO’s that cover anything from environmental issues to animal rights, political matters or socially demanding causes. Joining and NGO will not only give you a sense of purpose but provide you with many skills required in adulthood.

Internships & part time jobs

For some people, that are really focused on their future and want to quickly escalate the corporate ladder, it is a great idea to start having internships early on in university. Also, people that need to earn money or want to start saving can take part-time jobs. Both aspects are very demanding but will have you learn two very important lessons. The first one is the need for resilience and organization that a job requires. The other is the application of what you have learnt in class in the real world.

Music bands

If you spent your high school dreaming about being a rock star, you will certainly meet people in Uni that shared the same passion for music. It is also very usual to find music around universities: choirs or marching bands are a great tradition in many universities in America, and even in Europe.

University newspaper

It is very common in communication faculty, but you do not have to be part of the journalism degree to take part in the university newspaper or magazine. It is a great way to establish communication between students, outsiders, and teachers. You will also gain culture and knowledge while meeting new and interesting people.

Are you planning on joining any of these? Tell us in the comments!

You can review our Recommended Online Open Days to see webinars that can interest you. There, you will also be informed about university extracurricular activities. Studying Abroad is the way to go!