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2021.09.15

【イベントレポート】英語学位プログラムや海外大学を完全解剖!現役生の語る大学生活のすべて(海外大学)

本記事はEDUBAL夏祭り企画第2弾「英語学位プログラムや海外大学を完全解剖!現役生の語る大学生活のすべて」のイベントレポートです。1日目に開催された海外大学座談会にてご説明した内容についてレポートします。各大学の現役大学生による学生生活の話や、Q&Aセッションの様子も掲載します。
登壇者の出身大学は以下の通りです。

  • The University of California San Diego
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University College London
  • Imperial College London
  • The University of Sydney

また、各国の大学入試システムの簡単な特徴や、Q&Aセッションの様子も掲載します。

North America

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The American Admission System

The American Admission System
・Has three application rounds (Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision) through November to December.
・Requires a personal statement that shows your uniqueness.
・Documents are submitted via Common Application/Coalition Application.

The Canadian Admission System

The Canadian Admission System
・Has 1 application round in January.
・The decision is typically based only on your academic grades.
・UBC requires personal statement and the name of references.

The University of California San Diego (UCSD)

The University of California San Diego (UCSD)
Why This University? ・Very strong in STEM fields.
・Divided into 7 colleges for general education → able to build an intimate relationship in a big research university.
・100+ student organizations + research opportunities.
Personal Thoughts ・You can meet with peers with shared interests.
・Major Options are flexible
・You will live in a beautiful city of La Jolla, San Diego!

 

The picture in the background is a beach near UCSD, as described in the slide and “Personal Thoughts”!

The University of British Columbia (UBC)

The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Why This University? ・Two distinct campuses (Vancouver and Okanagan) to choose from.
・A diverse community with about 20-30% of international students in both campuses.
・Many degrees are available.
Personal Thoughts ・You will build close relationships with peers and professors.
・You can focus on studying or participate in vibrant student organizations!
・The campuses are surrounded by safe and beautiful environments.

 

This was the presenter’s timetable for the Winter Term2. Highlighted classes were live sessions.

Q&A Session

Q1) How did courses and extracurricular activities change due to COVID-19?
UCSD All classes and activities were held in-person before the pandemic, but they switched to online for this term…It allowed me to take two classes in the same time slot. As for club activities, I am in a female lacrosse club, and we hold practices and meetings in-person every week even now.
UBC I enrolled in the university this year, so I have taken only online courses. In addition, the university did not allow student organizations to hold in-person events, so the activities were online. However, I heard that they will hold in-person classes from the coming term, so I am very excited!
Q2) How can I find scholarships?
UCSD I looked for a scholarship program using the Internet…and I won a scholarship offered by a private organization. There are several private and public organizations that offer scholarships with varying amounts, so you should search for a program that matches your need the best.
UBC I got a scholarship from the university. They set several scholarship programs to support students with different features, such as academics, activities, and international involvements. You should check the university’s website to find a program that matches your strength.

The United Kingdom

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The English Admission System

The English Admission System
・Has 1 application round in January.
・Requires a personal statement that shows your knowledge in the academic field you are appliying for.
・Documents are submitted via The University Admission and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

University College London (UCL)

University College London (UCL)
Why This University? ・Ranked 8th in the 2022 QS World University Ranking.
・Has many famous alumnis like Coldplay, Christopher Nolan, and Junichiro Koizumi.
・You can get a degree in 3 years.
Personal Thoughts ・The university respects students’ opinions! (e.g. asks for evaluation after each class)
・The student body is diverse + professors have a variety of experiences.
・You can challenge yourself in a variety of academic fields.

 

This was the past timetable of the speaker. Her major is Economics, but she took several courses outside her major as electives.

Imperial College London (ICL)

University College London (UCL)
Why This University? ・UK’s only university focusing on Science, Engineering, Medicine and Businesses.
・Constantly ranking in the top 10 universities in the world.
・Over 380 student clubs, societies, and projects.
Personal Thoughts ・You will find many sub-groups for STEM to specialize!
・You can get a bachelor in 3 years and a master in 4 years.
・The envionment is diverse.

 

The pictures show the scenery of the neighborhood of ICL campus. From the left in clockwise: Hyde Park, Queen’s tower located in the campus, ICL student residence, and Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences.

Q&A Session

Q1) What activities did you engage in your high-school, other than IB/ A-Level?
UCL I took IB, and I won an award for an international competition in Mathematics.
ICL I took A-Level, and I was engaged in a research project on rockets. It sparked my interest in Engineering.
Q2) What should I pay attention to when writing a personal statement?
UCL My topic for the personal statement was my Extended Essay (an assessment offered in IB). It highlighted my knowledge and interst in the academic field. But still I spent a lot of time on it and rewrote again and again.
ICL You need to establish a very strong connection between your major and activities outside study. For example, I wrote about the reseach project about rockets because it shows my passion beyond a regular curriculum.

Australia

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The Australian Admission System

The Australian Admission System
・Has 2 application rounds in December and May.
・Requires transcript and proof of English Proficiency.
・You may get a conditional offer due to your grade or English proficiency.

The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney
Why This University? ・You can get a bachelor in 3 years for most of degrees.
・Nostalgic and futuristic buildings in the campus.
・Ranked 4th in the academic career support ranking.
Personal Thoughts ・There are many leadership opportunities: mentorship program, student representatives, and tutorial presentations!
・The university + student organizations offer many events to promote active community engagements.
・The time difference between Japan and Australia is only an hour→ easy to study in a remote-learning environment.

 

The speaker listed three points that changed her impressions on the university. Have a look at “Why This University?” and “Personal Thoughts” for details!

Q&A Session

Q1) What is the proportion of online and in-person lectures?
Sydney All courses last year were online. That was one of my reasons to choose the university of Sydney… the time difference is small between two countries, so I can take online courses easily.
Q2) I have not figure out what I want to do the most…How should I choose universities?
Sydney One way that I used is to make a table with some factors that are important to you. Then give scores for each university, and give priority for those factors.

 

「大学生活のすべて!」は3日間に渡って開催されました。2日目、3日目共に多くの大学から現役の学生が登壇し、それぞれの経験を語ってくれました。
2日目、3日目のイベントレポートもぜひご覧ください!

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