Students Staff

17 March 2014

Studying in Paris – A study experience

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Andreea is currently doing her study abroad year in Paris

The Study Abroad programme is very popular among students at our University. With 35 countries that you can go and study in, you will be sure that you can find a place that you will love and that offers your course at the same time.  Andreea Iliuta is one of the students doing a year abroad. She is a Politics and Modern Languages student and she choose to go and study at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, a very renowned university there in Paris as she has told us – its faculty of law is regarded as the most prestigious in France.

Andreea describes Paris through a quote someone told us on the bus in Paris: “Paris is special, people are different there. Southern France is different, in general, from Northern France, but Parisians are quite different themselves from other French people”. Full of busy and stylish people, the Parisians know when to take a break and to enjoy a glass of wine. “Lunch breaks are very important here. Sometimes even banks might close during that period.”

When we asked her about how it is to study in a different country she confessed that least for her, it was extremely difficult at the beginning. “Adapting to a new system of teaching in another language was very challenging. Professors here don’t use PowerPoint presentations (only a very few), nor are lectures available online. Students write down everything during lectures while the professor speaks freely, like in a conversation.” In the second semester she cannot keep up completely with the pace, but she is happy that she definitely improved since the first semester and she is taking notes of what is most important. Andreea was also offered campus accommodation. “they have about pretty much everything: a theatre, a cafeteria, a restaurant, a bank, an amazingly beautiful, enormous park, an indoor pool, a gym, a library, all in one big “house”, la Maison Internationale. People from all over the world reside here, varied nationalities just like at our beloved University.”

The most important advice Andreea gave to students that are thinking to go for a year abroad is to research the niversity thoroughly. Like in her example, the universities can have very high expectations and you need to be sure that you can cope with the work volume. When it comes to visiting, her favorite place is the the 6th arrondissement. , for one, enjoy walking in the 6th arrondissement: with “le Jardin du Luxembourg” especially close to my university and particularly beautiful during warmer seasons, it gives you the impression that you’re not in Paris anymore, but somewhere on the French Riviera; the rue Soufflot, which leads to the Panthéon, a building in the Latin Quarter of Paris, is full of bookstores and reasonably priced cafés, more “student friendly” (counting in this category Bd. Saint-Michel as well); then there is also “la place de l’Odéon”, from where I enjoy walking on a quite small and narrow street called “cours du Commerce-Saint-André” – I drank one of the best hot chocolates there.

If you are interested in getting more information or applying for a term or year abroad don’t hesitate to contact Study Abroad for all the information you need.

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22 November 2013

Become a frontrunner – deadline extended

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Interested in an on-campus placement?  Make frontrunners your priority.

Deadline extended for some placements - apply today

Deadline extended for some placements – apply today

Gaining work experience and developing your employability skills is becoming more and more important for when you enter the world of work as a graduate.  Just having a good degree is no longer a passport to success.  However the University has a unique on-campus placement scheme which offers exciting opportunities to gain work experience whilst at the same time being paid, flexible, and providing on-the-job training: frontrunners.

We are currently re-advertising a small number of placements to start in January 2014.

The deadline for applications is Monday 2 December 2013 at 12pm.

More information about frontrunners and how to apply can be found on the frontrunners website.

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21 November 2013

Don’t just stand there…Study Abroad

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Students packed the Ivor Crewe this week as part of the Study Abroad Expo.

Alexander Stennings spent his third year in America

Alexander Stennings spent his third year in America

The hall was filled with representatives from Universities all over the world, along with our own Essex students who had returned from abroad to tell us about their experiences.

Stuart Bolus, now a Fourth Year UoE student of International Relations, spent his third year in Prague.

He said: “It was the best time of my life. I loved everything about it, living in a big city, having real independence living abroad, it was great. I also got to study things that aren’t on offer here such as Russian Foreign Policy which was very interesting.”

Alexander Stennings is also a fourth Year UoE student of American Studies. He spent his third year in Albuqerque New Mexico.

He said: “I had such a great time. It was so different, waking up to a landscape of mountains, and although they speak the same language, culturally it was very different, things like celebrating Thanks Giving, the Fourth of July and Halloween. We had Skype and Facebook to keep in touch with everyone at home and being able to travel around and visit places like California, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas for Spring Break was fantastic.”

Our students can study at one of over 150 partner universities in 35 countries and over £250,000 in University scholarships, bursaries or Erasmus Grants are available for studying abroad.

Take a look at photos from the event on flickr.

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15 November 2013

Standing out from the crowd at the Options Careers Fair

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Current students and recent graduates flocked to the Options Careers Fair at Colchester campus to meet graduate employers and learn all they could about approaching companies and standing out from the crowd at careers fairs.

students received top employability tips at the Options Careers Fair

students received top employability tips at the Options Careers Fair

The day was attended by a host of graduate employers from Royal Mail to the Royal Navy and from Enterprise Rent-a-Car to BT – all of whom had great advice on how to create a good impression and get yourself on the fast track to a great career.

One piece of advice that many of the employers gave was to come prepared. Make sure you do your homework, find out about the companies beforehand and think about what you can bring to that company.  Have your CV prepared and ready, show your character and your enthusiasm and you could make that great lasting first impression that helps you get a great job or internship.

Many of the employers represented were keen to share their top tips for success on video – so hear from them now on our Vimeo channel.

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13 November 2013

Record numbers of students are making Southend their home

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Our Southend campus has registered 1,000 students this academic year – the highest number ever!

Southend campus has 1,000 students

Southend campus has 1,000 students

Our very own campus-on-sea has surpassed the 900 students mark in the past, but this is the first year we have reached the magical 1,000 mark.

Welcome Week has also been declared a huge success this year with feedback from students suggesting the new activities were very well received and enjoyed by all.

If you would like to give your feedback on Welcome Week in Southend and make suggestions for how it can be improved, take part in the Students’ Union’s online survey.

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5 November 2013

Become a frontrunner

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Interested in an on-campus placement?  Make frontrunners your priority.

Sign up for a frontrunner placement today

Sign up for a frontrunner placement today

Gaining work experience and developing your employability skills is becoming more and more important for when you enter the world of work as a graduate.  Just having a good degree is no longer a passport to success.

Here at the University of Essex we have a unique on-campus placement scheme which offers exciting opportunities to gain work experience whilst at the same time being paid, flexible, and providing on-the-job training.

We are currently advertising a number of placements to start in January 2014.

Applications open Friday 8 November and the deadline is Sunday 17 November 2013 at 5pm.

To find out more and apply for a placement take a look at  the frontrunners page of our website.

 

 

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11 October 2013

Your thoughts on Welcome Week

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our Frontrunner Miguel has been speaking to new students about their experiences

our Frontrunner Miguel has been speaking to new students about their experiences

As our new students start to settle in and get stuck into their studies, our communications Frontrunner Miguel went out about about on the Colchester Campus to find out about their initial impressions, thoughts, and highlights from their first experiences of University of Essex life.

First year psychology student Izzy, is keen to get involved in the University’s sports offer. She said:  “I’m going to join Cheerleading. I went for the teaser session, and that was really fun. I also went to try out swimming yesterday, and then I’m planning to go to Netball on Tuesday. There’s a lot of clubs and societies to join. Clubs and societies are the place to go if you want to find people with the same interests as you.”

Andrew, a first year Computer Science student, has come down with a bought of fresher’s flu, but isn’t letting it spoil his experience. He said: “Welcome Week was really good, apart from having fresher’s flu! The atmosphere is pretty good, everybody is enthusiastic and I plan to join basketball and the e-sports society. Campus accommodation is great, I am meeting a lot of new people all at once, and having space to yourself just makes it even better.”

Emma, a second year International Relations student, has been particularly enjoying the social aspect of University life: “I think this year’s Welcome Week was a lot better, we had Metal Meltdown on Saturday, which was absolutely amazing, and Weatus on Tuesday, which happened to be my birthday night out, which was really good. I’ve already paid most of my memberships already. I’m in the Politics Society, Conservative Futures, debating society, and a few others. I’m living in town this year and am really missing living on campus, because everything is so close. You feel you’re in your own little campus and that you don’t need to leave except to go to Tesco, but it’s still fun, I still feel a part of everything.” She said.

Curtis, a first year English Language student is getting stuck into everything. He said: “I found Welcome Week it really fun. I met a lot of new people, so it was really cool, and there was a lot on offer to do, so it was a good experience. I’ve signed up for the e-sports society and I’m still looking online a few other ones that I found interesting. I’ve been to quite a few events in Sub-zero because I bought the Megapass. It was nice to cut the line and to not have to worry about buying tickets. I’m living at the Quays, so it’s a bit further to walk than most people, but I do like being close to campus and being able to just walk out and come and see everything. Everyone is really friendly, because all first years are in the same boat as me. They all want to make friends, so it’s really easy to talk to people. Even the second and third year students are all really friendly and always willing to give advice.”   

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Mature students give their top tips for settling in

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Camilla gives her top tips for settling into University life

Second year mature student Camilla tells us about her experiences of settling into University life:

What I enjoyed the most:

  • Lectures (fascinating), library – two million books (one million on the shelf, one million in storage), friendships with a peer group of wide age variation.

What I gained:

  • academic advancement, as expected.
  • a sense of self-worth, self-assurance, and self-confidence, which was unexpected.

My top tips:

  • Get started on assignments as early as possible, family and work commitments can crop up unexpectedly just before a deadline.
  • Make the most of help available- enquiries desk at the library, Writing Fellows (writing style etc.), friendly fellow students.
  • Leave extra time for journeys across Colchester, traffic can be heavy – better to arrive early for a lecture and have a cup of tea or go into the library. Lectures are only 50 mins long; it’s a shame to miss any part of them, and arriving late can also be disruptive for other students.
  • Seek out the rooms where your lectures are going to take place before you are under time pressure. You can find help in finding your way around on the Find Your Way page of the website.

Greatest assets that help you get through:

  • Supportive family
  • Efficient computer – do back up your work on as many systems as possible as it is far too precious to risk losing.

Tips from other fellow mature students:

  • Go to as many events as possible so that you can get to know other students.
  • Get hold of your reading list and start flicking through your texts as soon as possible. If you can’t access it on-line via your department’s website, contact an administrator within your department.
  • Find out about your coursework, assignments, exams and workload for each module as soon as possible, so you can plan your time. This information will be included in a module outline. If you can’t access it on-line via your department’s website, contact an administrator within your department.
  • Go to your departmental events – where you can meet other students and staff.
  • Plan your weeks to include study time outside of class.
  • Email the mentors inbox us about having a peer mentor –  which is a student who can give you tips on settling into University life. For instance, they can show you how to use the library and/or online systems. Take a look at the peer mentor website for more information.
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