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What is a Fraternity, and Why Should You Join One?

Published: April 4, 2017

Fraternities, or fraternal orders, can be described as selective gentlemen’s clubs, where new members are selected based on a two-part vetting process consisting of rushing and pledging. These student clubs play a major social role at many American universities and the tradition can be traced back to the early 1800’s. Student fraternities in America are organized into a Greek system, which is simply a system for structuring the different organisations, giving each a different name consisting of Greek letters (ex. Alpha Epsilon Pi, Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi). Honorary fraternities are becoming increasingly common, where membership is based on (mostly) academic…

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How to Decide Which University to Apply For: 5 Questions

Published: April 2, 2017

  Which type of university fits your requirements? When choosing a which university to apply for, you should take a few things into consideration, not just academic ranking and reputation. There are plenty of universities out there, and they all offer a unique educational experience. You should bear in mind that you’ll spend your time doing more than just studying. Your university will be your home for the next 3-4 years, and things like extracurricular activities, social environment, career prospects and housing actually matters more than one might think – these all contribute to feeling comfortable and “at home”, which…

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America’s First Daughter – Where Did She Study? – Ivanka Trump Education

Published: March 16, 2017

In our “Where did they study?” article series we examine the educational resumes of timely & relevant figures in business, politics, technology, science, sports, arts and media.   Ivanka Trump is much more than just the president’s daughter. The businesswoman, author, TV personality and former model boasts an impressive resume to say the least, and is now seemingly gaining more influence than most presidential daughters in the past. Travelling alongside the potus on international diplomatic missions, Ivanka is now mingling with the world’s most powerful. Although she does not hold any official position as part of the Trump administration, she…

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Examples of Extracurricular Activities to Boost Your Application

Published: March 2, 2017

  Extracurriculars refers to all activities that take place outside the classroom. By looking at CVs, universities are able to assess how driven their applicants are, and whether they’ve made conscious steps to further their learning and knowledge around their subject of interest. It is therefore important to carefully think about extracurricular activities in your application. Below we give you some examples of extracurricular activities and non-school related merits that will strengthen your application:   • Involve yourself with the Yearbook team at your high school. This editorial experience can serve as a great merit. • Many charity organizations are…

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Universities with the Most International Student Bodies

Published: February 19, 2017

  When applying for college one might have doubts regarding cultural fit, especially when applying to a university abroad. Will I fit in? – a common commonly asked question lacking a simple answer. The stakes are high, and you only have one chance to make the right decision (unless you want to apply again the following year, that is). But do not fret – StudyAdvantage has all the information you need to ensure a perfect fit. Here, we list the universities with the most diverse and international student bodies in the world. At these institutions, being a misfit means fitting…

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Alumni Stories: Sarah Chen, Sky-Rocketing Career Woman Inspiring Change

Published: February 17, 2017

In the StudyAdvantage “Alumni Stories” interview series, we meet former international students now passionately embarking on global careers in business, politics, media, arts, technology and science. We ask them how their international educational journeys have shaped their outlook…and what they would do in an unconstrained version of life.     Former TV show host, career woman and thought leader within women’s empowerment – Sarah Chen boasts an impressive resume for such a quick professional stint. Starting her career at age 9, Sarah Chen developed an appetite for the professional life early on. As a child TV show host, she learned…

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Alumni Stories: Louise Körner, International Fashion Designer

Published: February 9, 2017

In the StudyAdvantage “Alumni Stories” interview series, we meet former international students now passionately embarking on global careers in business, politics, media, arts, technology and science. We ask them how their international educational journeys have shaped their outlook…and what they would do in an unconstrained version of life. Louise Körner is the founder (and namesake) of one of the most exciting up-and-coming fashion lines in recent years. After quick stints with likes of The English National Ballet, Kinder Aggiuini, Tom Ford, Puma Black Label by Hussein Chalayan and MUUSE, she launched her her own brand – LOUISE KÖRNER – in 2012. Since then, the designs have…

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ProtectED Code of Practice launched to support international students in the UK

Published: February 6, 2017

    The decision to study abroad provides the chance to explore the world, experience another culture, make new friends or learn a language, but if this life-changing time is to be as fulfilling and worry-free as possible, the key is in the preparation. While students may spend hours researching the various degree programmes on offer, how much time is spent on finding accommodation with a reputable landlord, or identifying the safe ways to travel around a city? Who should you speak to at your university  if you have an existing physical or mental health condition, and how would you…

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Best Degrees Offered by the Open University

Published: February 2, 2017

The classroom for Open University students is anything from a coffee shop to your bedroom, and all you need is your computer. Photo cred: Craig Garner. Source: Unsplash Do you know what the biggest university in the UK is? The answer may come as a surprise – The Open University. What IS the Open University, you may ask? It’s the largest provider of higher education qualifications in the country, serving almost 180,000 part- and full-time students nationwide. The Open University offers 180 different distance-learning qualifications to choose from. With such a plethora of programs, it can be tricky choosing the…

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The Education of Emma Watson, Perennial Crush & Top Activist

Published: January 23, 2017

In our “Where did they study?” article series we examine the educational resumes of timely & relevant figures in business, politics, technology, science, sports, arts and media. Education of Emma Watson. It’s probably fair to say that if you have been a young person during the 2000s, you will first and foremost associate Emma Watson with… Education of Emma Watson.   …that’s right, with Hermione Granger, core part of Harry Potter’s squad in the sensational series of books turned movies, which has inspired millions of children and adults alike to once again believe in magic…and to wonder what life at legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft…

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Most Memorable Commencement Speeches of the 21st Century

Published: January 16, 2017

Graduation day happens much sooner than most expect, and it is met with both excitement, hope and fear. It is a turning point in life, one that has very few guarantees waiting on the other side. The unknown is always intimidating, but luckily many universities have found a way of easing the transition between college studies and (un)employment. Each year, universities invite A-list celebrities to deliver inspiring, entertaining and hope-infusing speeches in front of the graduating class. While these speeches may not help graduates land their dream jobs, they sure do bring smiles to their faces and a great deal…

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Oxford Union Hilary Term Highlights

Published: January 13, 2017

The notorious debating society and speaker venue Oxford Union is a university entity like no other. It is considered the most prestigious debating society in the world and hosts a wide range of celebrity debates, interviews and speaches every year. Today, the union announced its scheduled guests for the coming term – a list everyone should either be excited about or envious of. StudyAdvantage has compiled a short list of the highlights from the list below. Have a read and see which name you’re most excited about.   Anna Fendi is the Creative co-ordinator and Head of Development for the…

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The Education of Elon Musk: Real World Superman

Published: January 12, 2017

In our “Where did they study?” article series we examine the educational resumes of timely & relevant figures in business, politics, technology, science, sports, arts and media.        The education of Elon Musk. Let’s begin by considering Iron Man, the caricature (?) of an optimised human being, extending raw and unparalleled intelligence with technology to enhance both body and mind:   Iron Man is a superhero. The person he is said to have been inspired by, and modelled on, is Elon Musk. Elon may only be a super entrepreneur, but at this rate some are starting to question whether…

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Barack Obama’s Education – This is Where He Studied

Published: January 12, 2017

  As his 8 year term comes to an end, 44th President of the United States Barack Obama is praised and celebrated across America and the world. A groundbreaking president in many ways, Obama introduced legislature that touched people ranging from the LGBT community to the disadvantaged, lacking healthcare insurance. He proved that a truly driven individual, put in the shoes of the world’s most powerful person could bring about large-scale change. Perhaps the most sought-after job in the world, StudyAdvantage takes a closer look at the academic requirements for the position of President of the United States of America…

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8 Best Student Newspapers in the World

Published: January 12, 2017

In the Remarkable Student Societies article series on StudyAdvantage, we showcase the most impressive, admirable, strangest and nichest student clubs and societies from around the world. We’re not saying you should apply to a university based on society life…however, if you do, you won’t be the first. These are the Best Student Newspapers.   Ranging from shamefully poor to unbelievably impressive, student newspapers at universities around the world come in all shapes and flavours. Like other powerful media outlets, the well-run student newspapers carry a certain weight on any campus; they can ruin or bless an event, a person or a group overnight.…

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UK Higher Education in 2017: Guardian’s Predictions

Published: January 11, 2017

The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, was founded in year 1602.  The Guardian’s education experts (some of the finest in the industry, we think) have provided their take on what key changes we can expect to see in the UK Higher Education environment this year. Unsurprisingly – and perhaps somewhat unfortunately – the list is more politically fuelled than it might have been other years. Here are the headlines: The Brexit brain drain will gather pace Medals for universities will cause a stir (read our take on this) 2017 will be the year universities reconcile themselves to Brexit (read our take on this) A…

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The World’s Most Feminist University

Published: January 11, 2017

  These colleges feature female dedicated programs, highly active and influential feminist societies and general awareness amongst students about gender issues. StudyAdvantage brings you the top 5 feminist universities spearheading the gender equality movement – which one is the #1 most feminist university we’ll leave up to you to decide…   5 University of Durham Across the UK, the resurgence of student-led feminist clubs spread like wildfire in 2013. Social media and pop cultural phenomenon like the Robin Thicke hit song “Blurred Lines” and Beyoncés openly labeling herself a feminist sparked debates at universities about gender equality. Durham is perhaps the most…

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Graduate Employability Rankings 2017 – World’s 10 Best Career Schools

Published: January 10, 2017

  QS just released their annual Graduate Employability Rankings for 2017, showcasing the schools that are excelling at engaging with employers. The top 10 schools are ideal for those worried about paying off student loans.   1 Stanford University Stanford keeps on climbing the ranking tables parallel with the ever-growing significance of the high tech sector in America. The school is at the very heart of Silicon Valley business – a machine for grooming future high tech entrepreneurs and developers alike. Stanford is THE place to study for those appealed by high tech (and handsome paychecks). Read Hikaru’s blog to…

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Nerd Meccas – World’s Geekiest Universities

Published: January 9, 2017

    6 University of Wisconsin Remember the Lord of the Rings movies? Well, they were based on a book series with the same name and were written by a chap named J.R.R. Tolkien. Much like modern day nerd obsessions like the Game of Thrones TV series, the fantasy world of the Lord of the Rings saga featured made-up languages. If you’re a true nerd, you already knew this. What you may not know, however, is that you can study one of these fantasy languages – Sindarin (or Elvish in common tongue) – at university. Taught by David Salo who…

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5 Best Student Debating Clubs in the World

Published: January 9, 2017

In the Remarkable Student Societies article series on StudyAdvantage, we showcase the most impressive, admirable, strangest and nichest student clubs and societies from around the world. We’re not saying you should apply to a university based on society life…however, if you do, you won’t be the first. Here are the 5 Best Student Debating Clubs in the World. Some years (perhaps decades) ago, debating was a core feature of campus life at many esteemed colleges and universities around the world, and some of today’s luminaries in politics honed their skills in the debating circuits. Its popularity might have waned ever-so-slightly, but there are still…

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7 Best Student Business Clubs in the World

Published: January 6, 2017

In the Remarkable Student Societies article series on StudyAdvantage, we showcase the most impressive, admirable, strangest and nichest student clubs and societies from around the world. We’re not saying you should apply to a university based on society life…however, if you do, you won’t be the first. On good days, they strike you as inspired, motivated breaths of fresh air on campus. On worse days, they might come off as hot-headed loudmouths… But one thing is certain, Business School students – even at undergrad level – are awesome at running student societies. And as our potential future captains of industry, we should all be thankful…

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Red Brick Universities – the New Elite in UK Higher Education

Published: January 4, 2017

  Born out of the great, British industrialization of the late 19th and early 20th century, the UK’s “Red Brick Universities” rearranged the playing field of higher education. A new political conscience caused by rapid urbanization put pressure on the government to improve the access to higher education and to challenge the traditional elitism of the older, more conservative institutions (see Oxford and Cambridge). This movement sparked the establishment of some of today’s most notable British higher education institutions. For those looking for a traditional British student experience – look no further. Scattered across the UK’s old industrial hubs, these…

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7 Young, Superstar International Professors

Published: January 4, 2017

Let’s begin with a brief scene from one of the 7 Best Education Inspired Movies, to help us remember why Professors (and International Professors in particular) are so profoundly important to the experience – academic and beyond – you will have as a student: Few things are likely to be more inspiring during your student experience than a truly passionate, engaging – and perhaps somewhat theatrical professor. Passion for a subject easily rubs off, and memories of favourite Professors hardly fade. As an international student, you may be particularly inclined to connect with some of these young Superstar International Professors (and Assistant Professors)…

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Remarkable Student Societies: A Cappella Groups

Published: January 4, 2017

In the Remarkable Student Societies article series on StudyAdvantage, we showcase the most impressive, admirable, strangest and nichest student clubs and societies from around the world. We’re not saying you should apply to a university based on society life…however, if you do, you won’t be the first. A Cappella – what even is this? Some of you may ask. Well, taken literally, it’s Italian for ‘in the manner of the chapel’. Fast forward a few hundred years, and it’s a huge subculture at universities all over the (at least Anglican) world. Singing groups, often male or female only, perform musical numbers without instrumental…

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Alumni Stories: Carlotta Siniscalco, the Italian Superwoman

Published: January 4, 2017

In the StudyAdvantage “Alumni Stories” interview series, we meet former international students now passionately embarking on global careers in business, politics, media, arts, technology and science. We ask them how their international educational journeys have shaped their outlook…and what they would do in an unconstrained version of life.   Despite spending almost a third of her life – and virtually all of her adult life – in the US, there is no doubt when you meet Carlotta that she is Italian. Perhaps it is her poise, or maybe the fiery personality, that gives it away, only lightly supported by a refined Italian twang on that American…

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Trump’s Golden Boy – Jared Kushner Education – Where Did He Study?

Published: January 2, 2017

In our “Where did they study?” article series we examine the educational resumes of timely & relevant figures in business, politics, technology, science, sports, arts and media.   Jared Kushner’s public persona has gone from zero to hero in the last 6 months, as the world around him started noticing his moves as the quintessential behind-the-scenes savvy operator who many have called the ‘second most influential person in Trump’s Presidential campaign,’ second only to the Donald himself. But while Jared might be a newcomer to politics, and as such media’s attention, he has been operating savvily – and less so,…

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Notorious Student Clubs Pt 2: Fly Club at Harvard

Published: January 2, 2017

In the Notorious Student Clubs series on StudyAdvantage, we explore the most rumoured student societies globally. So that you arrive on campus ‘aware’, and so that you can prepare yourself – whether that preparation is in anticipation of the membership application, or to do everything you can to avoid the clubs altogether.  Harvard University   Harvard may be the University in the world most synonymous with Prestige, so no surprise that its undergraduate social scene features a number of exclusive, semi-secret student clubs – so-called “Final Clubs” (‘final’ because they originally admitted only students in or near the final year of their…

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EU Applicants – Now Is The Time To Apply for UK Universities

Published: December 26, 2016

Corpus Cristi College, University of Cambridge – this could be your new home. Source: Wikipedia Uncertainty surrounding student funding for EU applicants grew significantly in the months following the Brexit referendum. Naturally, a large share of the international cohort of applicants is directly dependent on UK financial services – services that were subject to possible cut backs as the UK government found itself in a delicate political situation. Guarantees for student funding for applicants to the class of 2020 were only provided on the 11th of October, more than a month after the UCAS admissions window opened (6th September). As…

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Notorious Student Clubs Pt 1: Skull & Bones at Yale

Published: December 23, 2016

In the Notorious Student Clubs series on StudyAdvantage, we explore the most rumoured student societies globally. So that you arrive on campus ‘aware’, and so that you can prepare yourself – whether that preparation is in anticipation of the membership application, or to do everything you can to avoid the clubs altogether.  What do the former US President George Bush, Secretary of State John Kerry, Morgan Stanley co-founder Harold Stanley, and the founder of Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune Magazines Henry Luce all have in common? That’s correct, they are all ‘Bondsmen’, in other words members of Yale’s secret male society Skull and…

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Princeton is Worth $22 Billion – This Man Made It Happen

Published: December 22, 2016

Well, Princeton has an endowment of roughly $22bn, and it pretty much tripled during the involvement of John T. Miller, a Princeton alumnus and former paparazzi photographer.    In fact, Princeton is the third (financially) best-endowed university in the US, according to US News’ ranking (as of end of ’15): Harvard, $37.6bn Yale, $25.5bn Princeton, $22.3bn Stanford, $22.2bn MIT, $13.5bn But this ranking misses out on two factors. Firstly, it is single-campus based, and if we include ‘University Systems’ like those in Texas and California, actually the University of Texas System beats all institutions except Harvard. Secondly, if you include non-US institutions, King Abdullah…

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7 Best College Movies You Have To Watch

Published: December 21, 2016

Finally have a little bit of time off school and want to sit back in your chair or couch, perhaps with a warm cup of tea or a freshly cracked ice cold soda? Here are the StudyAdvantage Crew’s college movies tips to help you get your dose of both enjoyable and informative films set at various campuses around the world. You’re welcome! [VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED] 1. The Riot Club (2014) – a thrilling take on the notorious Bullingdon Club at Oxford University   2. 21 (2008) – the epic tale of a bunch of MIT students who count cards & kick ass in Las…

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Top 12 Universities for Expat Kids Who Want to Continue Their International Journeys

Published: December 20, 2016

Expat kids…hitting airline gold status before age of 5, speaking four languages but mastering none, spending weekends playing tennis at the town club, moving to the next country just as you were starting to make friends in the current one… It’s a special life they lead, glamorous sometimes, tough at other times, jetlagged most times. But what happens when high school is over and you finally get the chance to decide where to live for the next 3-4 years on your own? Where can you find like-minded expat kids to share memories and mutual FB friends with? StudyAdvantage has identified some of the expat hotspot universities around the world.…

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New Ivies – The 12 Colleges beating the Ivy League at Their Own Game

Published: December 14, 2016

Numerous high performing universities have begun climbing the international rankings in recent years. Now they’re competing against the older institutions for the very top spots in the ranking tables. In America, these climbers have received their own, informal grouping – the “New Ivies” – referring to their somewhat shorter history yet ruthless commitment to academic excellence. StudyAdvantage has listed some of the most accomplished institutions in this category.   New York University (NYU) Well renowned school in the heart of New York City – need we say more? NYU offers some of the best degrees in Law, Medicine, Education and…

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The 15 Most Gorgeous University Libraries in the World

Published: December 8, 2016

Libraries play a big part in the lives of university students. They serve as a place to study, nap and socialise (and spying on your crush?!), and can by many be considered a second home – especially during exam period. Anyone who’s been through the trials and tribulations of college life will know exactly what we’re talking about. With so much of your life played out within the walls of libraries, one should consider these facilities when choosing where to apply. We’ve got you covered. This is the ultimate list of the world’s 15 most gorgeous university libraries:     15. Fisher Fine…

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How to Survive Exams

Published: December 6, 2016

  As the holidays draw nearer, students are becoming more and more anxious. With all the food, presents and Christmas fun comes finals. Throughout a few weeks students all over the world see their newfound knowledge put to the test. As rewarding as a college education may be, there are moments when all undergraduate students question their choices in life – exams is one such moment. We asked a few of our student bloggers about their experiences with finals, and what they do to survive exams. Sophie studies at the prestigious French school Sciences Po – Exams are coming up…

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The 5 Best Universities of the Future

Published: November 29, 2016

  We’ve all heard about the Ivy League- and Oxbridge universities and how they dominate the international university rankings throughout history. However, which schools will be the “Harvards” and “Oxfords” of the future? StudyAdvantage has looked at the schools that are gaining ground on the international ranking lists and outpacing their peers. Here we list 5 of the fastest climbers on the international ranking lists:     King’s College London It’s attractive location in the heart of London, wide range of subjects on offer and highly international student body all contribute to the rise of King’s College in recent years. KCL…

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The 6 Hottest Student Parties on the Planet

Published: November 23, 2016

1. 4/20 Smoke Out – University of Colorado at Boulder, USA Yes, April 20th is Mary Jane’s birthday in the US, and in the highest profile (pun intended) university in Colorado, a relative pioneer in her recreational legalisation, it is celebrated wildly. Image: Boulder Blue Line 2. FS: The Charity Fashion Show – University of St Andrews, Scotland An unbelievably well-run student event attracts the finest of St Andrews’ both on- and off the runway for a night of models, bottles and all for a tremendous charitable cause selected by committee every year. 3. St Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Have…

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Alumni Stories: Sylvia Yin, the Economist Who “Dropped Everything”

Published: November 21, 2016

In the StudyAdvantage “Alumni Stories” interview series, we meet former international students now passionately embarking on global careers in business, politics, media, arts, technology and science. We ask them how their international educational journeys have shaped their outlook…and what they would do in an unconstrained version of life.     At 24 Sylvia Yin is the youngest Malaysian to be featured on the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list. A passionate yoga practitioner and former international student, Sylvia was the epitome of a model student, scoring straight A’s while being heavily engaged in student-led initiatives at Durham University in…

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The Boston Experience

Published: November 20, 2016

What do the movies Good Will Hunting, Spotlight and Shutter Island all have in common? Apart from the fact that all of them are great movies, they are all set in Boston, Massachusetts. The city is also home to over 50 universities, making it a true academic hub of the East Coast.   If you’ve seen Good Will Hunting, you might remember it’s the story of a janitor who works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one day happens to solve a next to impossible problem a professor had left on a blackboard. Turns out the guy’s a genius.…

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5 Weird College Traditions in America

Published: November 18, 2016

Strange things tend to happen when you gather thousands of young, driven and creative individuals in one place for hundreds of years. StudyAdvantage takes a look at the top five most peculiar student traditions across America.   Polar Bear Swims, Dartmouth College   Dartmouth, set in rural Vermont, gets very cold in the winter. Swimming in the nearby lakes in the middle of winter is advised against – so, naturally, this is what students do. During Winter Carnival, Dartmouth students drill a hole in the ice of nearby Occom Pond and jump in with a rope tied around their waist…

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The World’s Oldest Universities

Published: November 15, 2016

Many of the truly great educational institutions in the world boast a history spanning many centuries. In fact, the date of inception has become quite the prestige indicator among universities. It is a factor that simply cannot be contested by younger institutions hungry for status. To place among the greats, one must first pass the test of time. Universities are historical hubs for innovation and revolutionary insight, and historical significance is certainly appealing to many applicants. Whether you are studying the evolutionary theories of Darwin or the metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas, you can actually do so in the very halls…

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9 Hip Hop Artists You Didn’t Know Went to College

Published: November 11, 2016

In our “Where did they study?” article series we examine the educational resumes of timely & relevant figures in business, politics, technology, science, sports, arts and media.   #1. Ryan Leslie: Got a perfect SAT score at age 16. Graduated top of his class from Harvard at age 19. Beat that. Hear wonder child Ryan brag about Harvard at c. 7 mins into this video at a Vienna nightclub: Read Denis’ blog from Harvard, and check out the Harvard university profile.   #2. P Diddy: Attended Howard University to study Business for two years, before dropping out to…well, to become the…

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The US Presidential Candidates – Where did they study?

Published: November 4, 2016

In our “Where did they study?” article series we examine the educational resumes of timely & relevant figures in business, politics, technology, science, sports, arts and media. The hottest names of 2016 – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump   Their faces simply cannot be avoided. Their names appear in every headline. The US Presidential candidates are at the center of everyone’s attention in 2016, whether at friendly dinner table discussions, in your social media newsfeeds or on TV screens around the world. With countless controversies and accusations being thrown left and right (not to mention media’s occasionally hysterical escalation of…

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A New Rating System for UK Universities

Published: October 31, 2016

    As part of the Department for Education’s Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef), the UK government is introducing a new university rating system that will come into force in mid-2017. It will rank UK universities as gold, silver or bronze based on the teaching quality of their institutions. Contrary to the conventional notion of coming in third place, being awarded a bronze rating will actually mean that in some areas, the university falls “significantly below” standards, making vice-chancellors worried about the potential repercussions of receiving such a rating. The universities minister Jo Johnson has argued that placing focus on teaching…

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Nobel Universities ’16: Who gets bragging rights?

Published: October 25, 2016

© Nobel Media AB 2015. Photo: Pi Frisk October means Nobel Prize announcements, and this year it has also meant a sustained period of excitement, anticipation and anxiety (for some) about what will happen to the Nobel Literature Prize…will its iconic rockstar winner Bob Dylan accept it or not? But one community has long been well-accustomed to the anticipation surrounding the Nobel Prize announcements – the leaders of the world’s Universities. For them, a Nobel Prize for a faculty member (and anyone else affiliated with the university, really) yields extraordinary bragging rights during years and decades to come. How often haven’t you seen Universities cite the number of Nobel Laureates affiliated…

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Alumni Stories: Felix Wibergh, the East Coast Romantic

Published: October 25, 2016

In the StudyAdvantage “Alumni Stories” interview series, we meet former international students now passionately embarking on global careers in business, politics, media, arts, technology and science. We ask them how their international educational journeys have shaped their outlook…and what they would do in an unconstrained version of life. Felix is from Sweden, that northernmost Scandinavian nation viewed by some as meatball- slash Abba paradise, and by others as icy darkness for 8 months of the year. But his international journey started early and at age 16 he traded meatballs for feijoada, and snowy hills for sandy beaches, as he moved…

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Brexit and UK Universities

Published: October 12, 2016

The Brexit referendum has left us all wondering about the future. What will happen to UK higher education without the free movement of people, resources and knowledge across borders? What will happen to international students either thinking of or currently studying in the UK? What will be the repercussions for the UK job market (and London in particular)? In an attempt to cut through the current state of uncertainty, StudyAdvantage has compiled this article with helpful information from industry sources. The slight fall of UK universities in the most recent QS university rankings has been partly attributed to the June…

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Alternative University Rankings

Published: October 11, 2016

The hysteria around college rankings can seem somewhat ridiculous. Although it is a powerful marketing tool for universities who want to attract the brightest and most ambitious talent, the rankings are not necessarily 100% trustworthy when it comes to finding the perfect fit for you. This has little to do with their quality, but rather the fact that they are naturally generic, and thus disregard certain areas that may be of interest to the individual. Your university or college will serve not only as a place to learn, but also as your home, your social environment and the location of…

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Quiz: Which Ivy League University Suits You?

Published: October 11, 2016

  Which Ivy League School is the best fit for you? Perhaps you’re looking for the fast lane, big city life of a Columbia student? Or perhaps you prefer the small, rural campus and sports focused extracurriculars of Dartmouth College? There are many things to take into consideration when deciding upon your “dream university”, as this choice will impact your future in major ways that are difficult to anticipate. Sometimes a bit of help on the way can be useful. No need to ponder in which Ivy League school to apply for – this quiz will answer your questions. Quizzes like this…

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Nordic Study Abroad Conference (NSAC)

Published: September 26, 2016

  Since 2011, NSAC has attracted curious high schoolers from all over the Nordics to partake in a full day of university presentations, Q&A’s and networking activities. Nordic Study Abroad Conference, or NSAC as it is commonly referred to, is a fully student-led organization. Witnessing the professionality of the event and the massive attraction that it has has garnered, it is hard to imagine that the initiative was founded in a Copenhagen high school cafeteria only five years ago. Since then, the conference has seen fast growth and a significant venue upgrade – the event is now sponsored by multinational…

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The Luxury Choice: Why Oxford beat Harvard

Published: August 30, 2016

  Being accepted to both Harvard and Oxford is something most students can only dream of. But indulge for a second in pondering what you would have chosen, if you were given the options. Swede Erik Hammar (on the right in the picture below) from the small village Skärv actually found himself in this scenario a few years ago. A privileged dilemma to say the least, but a dilemma nevertheless. Below, Erik summarizes his reasoning and how he ultimately landed on the decision of choosing Oxford over Harvard for his undergraduate degree.   What two things most attracted you to…

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How the Celebs Lived in College

Published: August 29, 2016

  What did Michelle Obama’s room at Princeton look like? Who lives in Anderson Cooper’s old dorm at Yale? American newspaper NY Times reveals where and how the top politicians, business people and other celebs lived during their college days.   Among other things, you will find out: “Francis Sloat, a volunteer on a committee that seeks to preserve Princeton’s heritage, does his best to keep up. He began compiling a spreadsheet about four years ago that now includes the names of hundreds of famous alumni and their former addresses. …don’t bother searching for former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s former…

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Behind the scenes at Dartmouth Admission Office

Published: August 29, 2016

  The online magazine Business Insider published an interview a couple of years ago with a former admissions officer at Ivy League university Dartmouth. The article reveals that it is materially easier to get in if you apply early, and explains how the Admissions Office looks at your SAT-results and grades relative to other components of your application.   A few extracts: Each application will be read by 2-3 readers, who recommend either “admit,” “deny,” or “possible,” sometimes qualified with “strong” or “leaning.” Readers also rate each candidate out of 10 for academic and personal qualities, which take into account…

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The Best Business Schools in Europe

Published: August 29, 2016

  Is your dream (or should we say ‘plan’) to become a leader in business or finance? Perhaps you are aiming to embark on the well-trotted path of ‘a few years in banking or consulting, and then take a managerial role in a high growth company’? And do you want to get the undergraduate degree to launch you into all of this at a European university? If so, this is the list for you, highlighting StudyAdvantage’s top degree picks.     International Economics and Finance, Bocconi University Bocconi is Italy’s dominant educational institution within the field of economics, business and…

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