9.- Specific degrees

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Finding out about specific university degrees

TASK 1

Choose a degree and a university in your own country and find out what the degree structure looks like and what the requirements for this degree are. Compare your findings with similar degrees in other European countries. Draw your conclusions and reflect on the learning process.

 

GOAL

To inform and get informed about getting a specific degree at universities across Europe.

To improve awareness of the different possibilities of studying in Europe.  

 

STEP 0.

Choose one area or field of studies (arts and humanities, social science, science, health) and meet the students interested in the same field on Facebook. From each country there must be at least one student for each field.

 

STEP 1.

In your Facebook groups agree on one specific university degree you would like to find out more about. Example: If you are interested in social science, the group might decide on economics, politics, law or another specific degree.

 

STEP 2A.

The student(s) of each country choose one university in their country (respected and well-known in the chosen field and if possible one that offers degrees taught in English) and collect information on the education in that specific institution.

Focus on the following aspects:

Ø  structure of the degree / content / classes or specialisation offered

Ø  requirements (general qualifications, languages…)

Ø  degrees / titles

Ø  languages (classes taught in English, language courses offered…)

Ø  financial aspects (fees, grants…)

Ø  application (see below)

Ø  living (accommodation, transport, student jobs, social life…)

 

   Also think about your personal pros and cons concerning this degree: What do you (not) like about it? Why (not)?

In addition you also have to do the following:

Find, print and fill in an application form for the degree at your chosen university.

Prepare a handout with the most important information for the students from the other countries. Bring four copies of the handout as well as at least one of the application form to Rees.

 

STEP 2B:

Create your own personal “Europass portfolio” and prepare a presentation to introduce yourself to your fellow group members at Rees. Bring a printed as well as a digital copy of your portfolio.

 

STEP 3A:

In Rees, you get together with students from the other countries in your expert group (e.g. on social science) and present yourself with the “Europass portfolio” to the other group members.

 

STEP 3B:

Work in your expert group and present and discuss the information you found in STEP 2A.

After that every student picks the university (of the five presented) that is most appealing to him/her and explains his/her choice to the other group members.

Then you create a poster and visualise the results/conclusions of the discussion in your group to inform the other students you will meet in a gallery walk in the next step. On the poster you should reflect on the group process and your discussion, e.g.: What were important aspects for you? (You should NOT describe the five degrees on the poster.)

One or two teachers will support your group as a coach/coaches.

 

STEP 4:

Form new mixed groups; there must be at least one student from each expert group.

In a gallery walk (this procedure will be explained to you in detail) you present your results/conclusions with the help of your poster to your new group members.

After the gallery walk you will be asked to evaluate the other posters and presentations.

 

STEP 5A:

In your mixed groups from the gallery walk reflect on today’s learning process. You can address these questions in your discussion:

Ø  Why did the group work (not) well?

Ø  What was the most important part of the group process?

Ø  What did you miss in the work?

Ø  Was anything in the step by step process unnecessary?

Ø  What did you learn about the other countries’ educational systems?

Ø  How far did this process help you in your choice of further education?

Ø  What did you learn today?

After this discussion write your short personal reflection on a flipchart. Walk around and read the other students’ comments.

 

STEP 5B:

Now find a place to sit and write down your personal reflection (see STEP 5A) and add today’s results (the poster and your reflection) to your “Europass portfolio” which you can use for future applications.


 

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