‘Oh yeh, I’m here to study’…classes begin

So as my last post told, I have been having a great time over in BC but the reality is that you are here to study…

 

Classes You are required to take a minimum of 12 credits per semester to fulfil visa requirements, and this usually means you have to do a minimum of 4 courses. From my experience so far, this is plenty! Some international students have had to take 5 classes because their home universities have required them to but the work load from 4 is more than enough to keep you busy!

I am doing the exchange for my third year, which means I am taking junior/senior classes that correspond to honours level courses in Glasgow. The level is fairly advanced, but perhaps this is just the step up from second year level courses. The way classes are taught is much different from back home. Class sizes are typically no more that 30 students and classes are very interactive. You are expected to go to every lecture and a register is often taken. Homework is given in basically every class, and ranges from readings to written exercises and group work. Grading is much different as well, with mid terms, group projects, presentations, homeworks and class participation generally all contributing heavily to your overall grade along with the final exam, which for me at most counts for 35% of my final grade. I have found the workload reasonably easy to adjust to as long as you have a clear view of what you need to do and when, as work can easily stack up quickly!

 

I keep being reminded that Boston College is a ‘work hard, play hard’ uni, and I would say so far that’s more than accurate. All the students take classes and the work that goes with them very seriously, but there are more than your fair share of events going on at night time and when possible through the day. (American) football games are a big deal. They take place on Saturday afternoons, and basically all the students go along with thousands of fans filling the 45,000 seat stadium on campus! There parties basically throughout the days on football days and people get really into it. They are a lot of fun and even if you have no interest in the sport, you should definitely go to one game!

BC is a huge sports college with dozens of sporting teams offered to all levels and extensive facilities. If you like sports, this is a great place for you. If sports aren’t your thing there’s a huge offering of clubs and societys you can join. They literally have anything and everything to suit people of all interests from acapella singing groups, to investment clubs, democratic societies, international clubs and even a knitting club. They literally have everything you can think of and it’s a great way to get involved. I joined the rugby, golf and investments clubs which is enough to keep me occupied right now.

 

Its been a very quick 4 weeks since I first arrived and I’m hoping the rest of the trip doesn’t disappear this fast, there’s just too much to do and too much fun to be had!

 

Any questions anyone has, don’t hesitate to ask!

 

Craig

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One Response

  1. I was wondering what sort of medical help the University offers? You mention rugby which can quite easily lead to injuries if you are not properly conditioned, what sort of help does the uni give in this regard?

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