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Scotland vs. Ireland - March 14th 2011, 06:26 PM

Firstly, this is being typed on my iPod so please forgive me.


I've decided that I want to study abroad.
I want to either go to a uni in Dublin Ireland, or a college in Scotland.

First question to you all:
I want to be a music educator. So, what are some pros and cons of each place? And which one would be better to go to?

Note: don't tell me to go to a certain school just because you're there
I love you all, but education is coming first


Second question to you all:
What are some ways I can pay for this? Are there programs or sponsorships out there?



Really, any opinion/insight is welcome. If you think I'm crazy and weird for ever thinking this is possible, tell me. I don't need to be coddled- I need reality.


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Re: Scotland vs. Ireland - March 14th 2011, 06:40 PM

Pros of Scotland (specifically Dundee)
Cheap place to live
Nice city
Two universities there so the whole city is basically targeted at the student population
The people there have sexy accents
They have scholarships specifically aimed at international students

Cons
Ums, I can't actually think of any that I wrote down now so I'll have to come back to this.

That's the list I made when I was deciding whether to apply there or not
   
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Re: Scotland vs. Ireland - March 14th 2011, 08:01 PM

Glasgow in particular is a musical hotbed. Over 100 musical events take place in Glasgow every week, and I think it is a great place to be for both someone who wants to study music and someone who is a fan of music. Pretty much every university in Glasgow offers music courses, and Stow College is known for the being the music college in Scotland.

For help with funding, I'd say contact the college/uni itself to see what they can offer.

I don't know anything about Ireland to can't help there, sorry.




   
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Re: Scotland vs. Ireland - March 14th 2011, 08:25 PM

I thought this was goign to be about the rugby at first.

Well, wherever you go, as an international student be prepared to pay through the nose for it. I think its 48,000 euros per year here. Its probably cheaper in Scotland, plus the RoI, particularly Dublin, is a lot more expensive to live in than the UK.

Also, be aware that if my university is anything to go by, people that aren't native have a very hard time fitting in. Any international students I've come across have complained about not having any Irish friends - there only other friends being international students and foreign exchange and Erasmus students which only stay 6 months - a year. The system in Dublin doesn't really allows arts & humanities students to get to know people on their courses (there's another member here from my uni who will confirm that), so you had better be prepared for not being able to fit in.

Finally, my own personal opinion is that you should do your bachelor's in the US and then think about post-graduate study abroad, or take the opportunity during your Bachelor's to go on a year long exchange if you really are that keen.
   
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Re: Scotland vs. Ireland - March 14th 2011, 08:41 PM

Wow, this is tons more helpful then I thought.
Right now, I am swaying towards Scotland.

Thank you for all your input-- this has helped me more then you know.

Any more opinions are welcome.


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Re: Scotland vs. Ireland - March 14th 2011, 08:57 PM

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Glasgow in particular is a musical hotbed. Over 100 musical events take place in Glasgow every week, and I think it is a great place to be for both someone who wants to study music and someone who is a fan of music. Pretty much every university in Glasgow offers music courses, and Stow College is known for the being the music college in Scotland.

For help with funding, I'd say contact the college/uni itself to see what they can offer.

I don't know anything about Ireland to can't help there, sorry.
This is exactly what came to my mind too -- it's a massive musical scene in Glasgow! Also hugely multicultural as there are so many Universities and colleges in Glasgow. 5? 6? If not more.


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Re: Scotland vs. Ireland - March 15th 2011, 06:20 PM

Glasgow uni offers a more classical approach. Strathclyde I believe is more jazz and contemporary orientated. Caledonian specialises more in the production and engineering side. Stow college, I believe, offers all 3 since it's pretty much a performance based college. University of the West of Scotland offers a Commercial Music course but you'd have to travel to Ayr for that campus.




   
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Re: Scotland vs. Ireland - March 15th 2011, 06:31 PM

Well, for Scotland, many Universitys have Music programmes. I know that Aberdeen Uni has a Music Teaching course which I think is the kind of thing you are looking for?

Anyway, all of the cities here are nice. Depending where you want to go. Glasgow I think is the best in terms of opportunities as you have the RSAMD (Google "RSAMD, Glasgow" and the site will come up). However I think at least one University out of each City will do the same or similar course (there are generally two university's in each).


Then I guess, it depends on where you'd like to live. Edinburgh is (in my opinion) a very busy city and there are lots of goings on. If you were going to come over here though I would suggest trying to take a holiday/trip over here and visiting the cities.
   
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