9.29.2016

How do I University?

I know, the title isn't grammatically correct, I wanted a short and impact post though.
Being a student at its limit, I thought it was nice to share some secrets and hacks with you.
Since the subjects are pretty a lot, I am going to post multiple posts on the subject.


Please note that I am Italian, despite I am trying to keep this article as objective as I can, some stuff might be different in other countries.

Choosing your path

The degree program choice it is important because it will 90% enable you to work in a defined branch for what could  be the rest of your life. A responsibility which seems too great to bear for a 18/19 year old high schooler. 
Are you undecided among a curse and another? Don't just go and take the first random course just because of its name. I've seen many people who enrolled into my same course, paying fees (that at my place are relatively cheap, if compared with the ones in the UK and the USA). 
Open Days are made for this purpose. An Open Day is a day in which each university allow visits to make the future students familiar with the environment. 
You will be able to have a first meeting with who could be your future Professor or coursemate; you'll access laboratories to have a preview of the research jobs that are being carried out by the several research groups in each Degree course.

Degree Course Website.
I feel stupid adding this to the point, but I noticed some people don't go through this as they should,
The Degree Course (and University Website) has to become like a holy book for you since all the news and important upcoming events will be published in there. 
On the degree course website you will find some more paractical information like the amount of tution fees, the exact lenght of the course (First cycle, Second cycle, Single cycle); the entry access, course structure diagrams, contacts.... 

Career fairs. 
University staff might be present at what we call career fairs, they usually give informative leaflets out and answer to quick questions. 

High school promoted events 
At least in my country, some high schools in agreement with some of the local universities, plan a kind of insertion week in which high school students will be able to sit university classes and see how this big machine works. 

Public relations offices
Whatever they are called, there should be offices with the specific purpose of answering anspiring students' questions. Don't be afraid and send them an email or just give them a phone call to get the information you need. 

Under the degree programme website section, I used some expression you might not properly understand. Please check this brief glossary out:


First, Second, Single cycle degree 
This refers to the qualification level obtained at the end of the study cycle.
First cycle degrees are also known as bachelor degrees and usually last 3 or 4 years. 
Second cycle degrees are specialized courses also known as master courses which last one or two years. In order to access a second cycle degree it is mandatory that you graduated from a first cycle degree. 
Single cycle egree. Some courses like Medicine, Veterinary medicine and Architecture are single cycle degrees, they usually last five years and once graduated, their title is equal to one of a student who gained a Master Degree. 

Restricted access
Some course might apply a restricted access. This means you will have to undergo a test in order to be accepted in that degree course. Choosing cryteria could be pretty different but each degree course will specify it. 
Please keep in mind that the deadlines to subscribe and attend the tests might be pretty close to the end of the high school. 

Course structure diagram 
A course structure diagram (also known as course catalogue, or course list) is a list of the subjects held by that peculiar Degree course. The list is usually structured in the following way: subjects are listed accoridng to year and semester. The credit number should be reported as well.
By clicking on each course you should be able to access a short description of the course and who is the Professor who will teach it.

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