Astazi am discutat cu Chris Garrett, Marketing Development Officer de la University Campus Suffolk!
How would you describe UCS?
UCS is one of the newest Higher Education Institutions in the UK which opened its doors to students back in 2007. We are based in the beautiful East of England, which is an hour from London by train and very close to all major London airports. The East of England is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK and we have miles and miles of coastline to explore.
UCS is a really modern university which has had millions of pounds invested into its Campus. The main hub of UCS is based on a lovely marina in Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk. Ipswich is a historic market town which is famous for its maritime history, once being a major freight port in the UK.
It’s hard to express what the university is like until you’ve seen it, take a look for yourself and see what you think of our ultra-modern architecture.
I studied at UCS back in 2009 so I can certainly say that you get a high-class education here. The lecturers that teach you are highly qualified and experts in their field of study. The majority of the lecturers spend lots of time working on various research projects which when completed are usually published internationally; this is how you know you are being taught by experts in your subject area.
The campus itself is a great place to live and study. There is always a lot going on, from exhibitions in the Waterfront Building to live music in Cult Café, the on-campus student bar. You also get to meet people from all over the world which makes UCS a culturally diverse place to explore your independence.
What are your main fields of studies?
We currently offer over 100 different degree courses at UCS and our main areas of study are Arts and Humanities, Childhood Studies, Social Sciences, Science and Technology and Health studies. Most of our degree courses are three year bachelor’s degrees; however we have some four year degrees which will give you a bachelor and masters level qualification.
Entry requirements at UCS
For 2016 entry to UCS undergraduate bachelor degrees you will need to achieve a Grade 7 in your Diploma de Bacalaureat, and you will also need to hold an English Language qualification such as IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Advances. We also offer our own internal exam called the Password Test.
Some of the most popular subjects with Romanian students at UCS are Computer Games Design and Programming, Social Science courses in Psychology and Criminology as well as Art and Design courses such as Interior Architecture and Design, Digital Film Production and Photography. We have so many courses, so I am sure you can find one that is interesting to you.
We also offer a range of master’s degrees and PhD programmes, for which you would usually need to hold a recognised bachelor’s degree and a higher level English Language qualification.
What are the costs related to Bachelor Studies?
For 2016 entry, UCS charges £9000 per year for bachelor degrees, but don’t panic. If you are a Romanian national and you have not studied for a degree in the UK before you should be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan. This is a loan from the government which covers the cost of your tuition fees for the duration of your studies. What will then happen is after you finish your degree and you graduate you have to start repaying some of this month each month, but this does depend on how much you earn. If you remain in the UK and are earning more than £21,000 per year you will be eligible to start making repayments. You repay 9% of anything you earn over £21,000, so if you were earning £25,000 pear year you would make a repayment of £30 each month.
How many Romanians are studying at the moment with you?
We have about 50 Romanian students studying at UCS at the moment, but we are expecting this number to get bigger in the next few years. The UK is a great place to study, and we have very good links with employers which are very helpful when you are trying to apply for a job.
Do you offer scholarships for Romanian students?
For those Romanian students starting at UCS in September 2016, there is what we call the Accession States Bursary. This bursary will pay you a total of £1500 over the first two years of your studies which will help with your living costs such as accommodation, and having a social life. We would recommend that you should budget to spend a minimum of £4000 per year when you are in the UK on accommodation and other living expenses.
What are the jobs perspective during studies?
We always encourage our students to apply for a part-time job while they are studying at UCS. This helps to bring in some extra money each month to help pay for your living costs, but it is also a great way to meet even more people and make some friends. Students typically get jobs working in bars and restaurants, shops and for the university as a student ambassador.
Other very interesting things
Ed Sheeran was awarded an Honorary Doctorate this year (this is a proper degree, but a way of saying thanks for your contribution to Suffolk and to the music industry)!