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University Visits for IB Academy Students

21 September 2015

Choosing the right university to suit their individual goals and ambitions is an important part of students’ life in the IB Academy. Helping them on this path, last week, students were fortunate to receive an informative visit from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and to hear a presentation from Durham University. 

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Hong Kong Polytechnic University representatives presented the university to students and outlined the many advantages of studying in such a cosmopolitan setting.  Students learnt helpful tips, including that students in Hong Kong receive half price discounts on all public transport and that all students are guaranteed an internship at Poly U.  Hong Kong Polytechnic is in close partnership with leading brands such as Deloitte, Hitachi, Cathay Pacific, Bank of China and Microsoft and many students stay on to work in Hong Kong after graduation. 

As well as an array of service learning opportunities, and participation in a multitude of sports teams, students are also encouraged to take part in the Global Exposure programme whereby they spend a semester studying abroad. This is a wonderful way to experience life in another country without being too far from all that is familiar. Students were talked through the application process which occurs online and the fee structure for international students.  The Early decision deadline is November 25th this year and this is highly recommended for those who wish to apply for a scholarship of which there are full- and half-tuition waivers amongst others.  Meanwhile all other applications should be received by January. 

Later the same day, the Year 12 and 13 students had the pleasure of a visit from Dr Mike Adcock Phd, Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Durham University.  His presentation treated us to a glimpse of life for students at Durham University where every department is rated in the top 10 of all UK universities with many of them featuring in the top 5 and even leading the tables in areas such as Archeology and Theology. 

We learnt about how the students were allocated Colleges which form the centre of their social and domestic life with a vast array of nationalities represented within.  Whether it is the old buildings such as those seen in the Harry Potter movies or cutting-edge modernity that takes your fancy, there is something for everyone and the small town-feel of Durham gives the university its unique sense of community.  The students were informed about the way in which the Law degree is broken down into three years, as well as possibilities for life beyond higher education.  Finally, there was plenty of opportunity for questions and answers and we were very grateful to Dr Adcock for giving freely of his time to speak with students at NAIS Pudong.