Replies: 20 - Last Post: Sep 3, 2012 8:59 AM Last Post By: VinnyD
Sep 1, 2012 12:24 PM
15For how long? If not a full year, what time of year? What kind of program? You actually can choose among all of these schools,and are guaranteed acceptance? Are the costs to you identical? Or are these the schols where you might be able to enter? If so, does your preference enter into things? I did work with exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Government. If you really have your choice, great.
As noted, "reputation" depends on specific programs, and the criteria used. There are many ratings of schools, but they are controversial. They may or may not reflect things important to your particular situation.
Sep 1, 2012 8:21 PM
16C'mon folks, let's not overthink this. A young Aussie looking to spend a few months at a fine American institution of higher learning is not going to be overly concerned with said institution's academic reputation. Sure s/he might engage in some strenuous critical discussion of postcolonialism in the works of Achebe and Naipaul in English 137 or be able to do some fieldwork on the funerary practices of the local indigenous tribe in Anthropology 297, under the supervision of Professor So-and-so no less, world renowned expert on the aforementioned tribe, if world renowned means the half dozen other researchers who study the same topic, 4 of whom are down the hall in the same department.
But what I am going to assume our young academic really wants to know is how early the beverages start flowing on a Thursday afternoon (because who in their right mind is going to register for Friday classes) and just how far that Aussie accent of her's or his will go in wooing a red blooded American of the opposite sex, or same for some. Answer: Very, especially as Friday night turns into Saturday morning on the back porch of the SigEp house, which has just played host to their annual subtly bigoted and not so subtly misogynist "Pimps and Hoes" mixer.
If that is the case, and if the (A) University of Texas is the UT in Austin, it will have the greatest variety of experiences to be experienced, all of which can result in the awkward morning conundrum of "who is this person/where am I/am I hungover or still inebriated/is there anything left in the tank with this stranger before I jump out of bed?"
But (B) East Carolina might be worth looking into because it does have the regional reputation of being a party school.
(C) Pacific is not the right choice if it is the University of the Pacific because it is located in Stockton, CA and Stockton, CA is a shithole.
Or (D) all of the above because all are four year institutions with plenty of young people looking for the same as you.
Apologies if you really are interested in studying the erosion of tepuis in the Venezuelan region of the Guiana Highlands. Northern Arizona probably has a decent geology department.
Sep 2, 2012 6:11 AM
Sep 3, 2012 3:09 AM
18Wow im over welmed by the feed back, ok so...
I'm doing a Bachelor of Education (primary R-7) (elementry in your culture) and Bachelor of Arts- major in Greography. I can't do practical over there as it dosen't get credited here so my subjects will be Geography. Im at Flinders University here- its smaller and the youngest of our 3 universities.
University of Texas is the Austin one.
Pacific university is the Oregan one.
I plan on going over in semseter 2, 2013 (August and staying onwards until February) I plan on doing a short course in 'teacher education and practice in the USA' in Charlotte North Carolina in January 2014.
I plan on living on campus.
The cost of all the uni's dosen't matter as I get charged the rate as if I was still in Australia.
I want to experience as much variety as possible in the months there including party, academic, culture, nature, music, food etc (I've never been overseas before)
Definately want to see a Football game (well lots of sport really), some Cheer Leading and the Grand Canyon.
I like the cold weather- I can snow board
Next question, what to do after the semseter finishes and for new years?
Sep 3, 2012 6:35 AM
Sep 3, 2012 8:59 AM
20carracar, Montana State, ECU, and JMU all started out as teacher training instiutions. But I don't see any reason to believe that the education faculty at any of them would necssarily be better than at the others.
I agree with TexasTea that UT has the best overall reputation of any of them, and also the best library etc. and Austin would be a good place to be a student.
Pacific University in Oregon has a loose affiliation with the United Church of Christ, but many would people would say that the UCC has only a loose affiliation with Christianity.
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