SleepyKitt Posted May 24, 2013 Share Posted May 24, 2013 Hi everyone, I'm fairly new here, I discovered this forum looking around Studentroom.co.uk and see that responses here are generally more informative. I'm an American student and haven't had much experience studying abroad so this was quite a jump for me for apply to schools in the UK, and now I'm at the stage of deciding between university offers for my postgrad. I applied to three international relations-related fields at once and have accepted to all three (hooray!! ), however I am in great need for some advice on choosing one program. SOAS, University of London - MA in International Studies and Diplomacy University of Bath - MSc in International Development Queen Mary, University of London - MA in International Relations Suprise but unlikely option: CUNY City College - MA in International Relations I've ranked them in the order of my preference right now, but I am still quite undecided and feeling pressed to make a decision before the end of this month. My greatest concerns at the moment are the reputation of each program in the U.S./internationally, and ability to find employment in the respective fields afterwards. I intend to resettle in New York for some time once I come back to pay off the cost of my studies abroad and try to get some more relevant work experience before I pursue further education. I am quite certain I would enjoy and make the best of any program I attend, but I do want to know what someone else would choose in my shoes and why. -Additionally, can someone please help guide me in how they went about researching the reputation of their programs? I want to know particularly because I will be using the degree in the US and potentially abroad. School rankings don't seem to be of much use in this case, and all I hear seems to be that SOAS is highly recognized for it's regional studies and languages, but I don't hear much about their CISD program. The reason I've ranked it as the top option right now is because of their expertise (and my interest) in the Middle East and North Africa, however. Bath appears to be ranked well in some charts, at least in the top 10. . In reflection, I really wish I had applied to more schools, maybe some slightly more prestigious programs but my self-doubt had crept up on me at the time, I thought I might not get into any at all. My distant (wishful thinking) dream is to someday be in a good position to apply to Oxford/Cambridge or LSE for my PhD. Any advice, opinions, ideas, or tips would be greatly appreciated! Even if you've gone to any of these schools, I would love for feedback, the end of the month is approaching so quickly. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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