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britpunk101 Nov 12th 2006 2:01 pm

hello there!
 
hiya my name is kay, i am 20yrs old and looking to move across the pond for university. is there anyone here who studies at western washington university in Bellingham, WA? if so, i would love to know more about the town and what there is to do there?

i also need info about all the laws etc like how i go about getting my visas etc...

thanks! :D

Manc Nov 12th 2006 2:02 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
hiya my name is kay, i am 20yrs old and looking to move across the pond for university. is there anyone here who studies at western washington university in Bellingham, WA? if so, i would love to know more about the town and what there is to do there?

i also need info about all the laws etc like how i go about getting my visas etc...

thanks! :D

John Moores not good enough for you then?

britpunk101 Nov 12th 2006 2:05 pm

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i hate this country, need a new direction in life so i thought hell why not just go to another country?

been to uni in this country and hated it.. wanna experience a different education system

Manc Nov 12th 2006 2:06 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
i hate this country, need a new direction in life so i thought hell why not just go to another country?

been to uni in this country and hated it.. wanna experience a different education system

One that can teach punctuation no doubt.

welcome to BE, I am just f--king with you.

britpunk101 Nov 12th 2006 2:08 pm

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yeah thanks for the warm welcome :rolleyes:

i've been interested in going to university in America for a long time. just finishing re-sitting my A Levels so i can get in :)

Manc Nov 12th 2006 2:11 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
just finishing re-sitting my A Levels so i can get in :)

How much money do you have?

britpunk101 Nov 12th 2006 2:12 pm

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Originally Posted by Manc
How much money do you have?

why?

scatty Nov 12th 2006 2:36 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
why?


Because the fees will be approx $20,000.00 pa, then you had to pay for accomodation and food medical insurance

There is only a small amount of work allowed on a student visa

So hope your parents are rich

britpunk101 Nov 12th 2006 2:49 pm

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Originally Posted by scatty
Because the fees will be approx $20,000.00 pa, then you had to pay for accomodation and food medical insurance

There is only a small amount of work allowed on a student visa

So hope your parents are rich

i know it'll cost a lot.. my parents aren't rich, nowhere near :(

i have one thing sorted, i'm living with a friend :D

Ray Nov 12th 2006 2:53 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
why?

Ah ..the innocence of youth .........

britpunk101 Nov 12th 2006 3:10 pm

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Originally Posted by Ray
Ah ..the innocence of youth .........

either way i have 2yrs to save before i leave... still re-sitting my a levels

Ray Nov 12th 2006 3:16 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
either way i have 2yrs to save before i leave... still re-sitting my a levels

The thing to remember in the US ..is nothing is free ...what you are used to getting for nothing won't happen here...

Elvira Nov 12th 2006 3:50 pm

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Originally Posted by Ray
The thing to remember in the US ..is nothing is free ...what you are used to getting for nothing won't happen here...


And you pay for INCOMING calls on your cell... :scared: :D

Rushman Nov 12th 2006 5:15 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
hiya my name is kay, i am 20yrs old and looking to move across the pond for university. is there anyone here who studies at western washington university in Bellingham, WA? if so, i would love to know more about the town and what there is to do there?

i also need info about all the laws etc like how i go about getting my visas etc...

thanks! :D

Not another f**king student!!!! :rolleyes:

britpunk101 Nov 12th 2006 9:02 pm

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Originally Posted by Ray
The thing to remember in the US ..is nothing is free ...what you are used to getting for nothing won't happen here...

i dont get anything for free here... but medical insurance isnt a must in our country, so thats gonna be weird gettin used to

Manc Nov 12th 2006 9:57 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
i have one thing sorted, i'm living with a friend :D

marry him, it'll be easier

Ray Nov 12th 2006 10:21 pm

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Originally Posted by Manc
marry him, it'll be easier

Unless you are a gay couple of course .....

jumping doris Nov 13th 2006 2:25 am

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Originally Posted by scatty
Because the fees will be approx $20,000.00 pa, then you had to pay for accomodation and food medical insurance

There is only a small amount of work allowed on a student visa

So hope your parents are rich

A bit more than that. We are looking at schools for my eldest and the average for a smallish uni is about $24,000. That often includes accomodation but there are lots of extras....$900 a year for books for starters.Jobs on campus are very limited and the hours you can work are restricted.
We are hoping for our greencards before she starts and that will half the fees!

After looking at lots of schools I cannot see the attraction of comming here to get a degree. Different if it's a big place like Yale perhaps but otherwise I would stay in the UK.
That's my gloomy bit of advice but welcome to BE .

Bob Nov 13th 2006 4:59 am

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Originally Posted by jumping doris
A bit more than that. We are looking at schools for my eldest and the average for a smallish uni is about $24,000. That often includes accomodation but there are lots of extras....$900 a year for books for starters.Jobs on campus are very limited and the hours you can work are restricted.
We are hoping for our greencards before she starts and that will half the fees!

Where the missus went, tuition was $34 a year, accommodation and food were extra and were required, so might as well have used it.

Best bet would be to do an exchange year, quite a few uni's do them, still need to have around $10K per semester all the same, though doing it as an exchange year you can probably get ERASAMUS sponsorship and possibly that other one.

Anyway, welcome to BE :)

jumping doris Nov 13th 2006 3:20 pm

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The other thing to remember are the alcohol laws here. Most campuses we have visited have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs. That means no student bar! The legal age for drinking is 21 and a few of the colleges we have seen do not allow people over that age to drink on campus.
Obviously it goes on but the penalties for getting caught can be very harsh.

My daughters friends at Uni in the UK are really are amazed by this as you can imagine.
But of course you may be teetotal :)

Partystar Nov 13th 2006 5:55 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
i dont get anything for free here... but medical insurance isnt a must in our country, so thats gonna be weird gettin used to

I find that hard to believe!

Oh & welcome to BE!

Elvira Nov 13th 2006 6:00 pm

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Originally Posted by Partystar
I find that hard to believe!

Oh & welcome to BE!


Isn't it amazing how much Brits take for granted until they move abroad?

Partystar Nov 13th 2006 6:06 pm

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Originally Posted by Elvira
Isn't it amazing how much Brits take for granted until they move abroad?

Yes, it is. Although, I am slightly guilty of that one myself, but in my defense, I was misinformed by my husband! :rolleyes:

Bob Nov 13th 2006 6:11 pm

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Originally Posted by Partystar
Yes, it is. Although, I am slightly guilty of that one myself, but in my defense, I was misinformed by my husband! :rolleyes:

and the tele :D

Elvira Nov 13th 2006 6:21 pm

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Originally Posted by Partystar
Yes, it is. Although, I am slightly guilty of that one myself, but in my defense, I was misinformed by my husband! :rolleyes:


And you have not let the poor chap forget this ever since, right? :D

Partystar Nov 13th 2006 6:21 pm

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Originally Posted by Bob
and the tele :D

Nope, I don't fall for that bollox!

Partystar Nov 13th 2006 6:24 pm

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Originally Posted by Elvira
And you have not let the poor chap forget this ever since, right? :D

Of course! :D Although I don't blame him for that part, he joined the military when he was 19, so he didn't know much about 'adult responsibilities', he was still living at home, bless!

britpunk101 Nov 14th 2006 6:16 pm

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Originally Posted by Partystar
I find that hard to believe!

Oh & welcome to BE!

by saying 'getting things for free' you do mean state benefits etc dont u? coz i dont get any of them... but i do need a hell of a lot of info before i move.. so any info would be great :D

britpunk101 Nov 14th 2006 6:17 pm

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Originally Posted by Manc
marry him, it'll be easier

and my friend is female, so that wouldnt work :p

Bob Nov 14th 2006 6:40 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
by saying 'getting things for free' you do mean state benefits etc dont u?...

Well you get the NHS for free, dental is a lot cheaper, and you have all those benefits to fall back on...

As a student in the US, if you drop a class, and fall under the credit hours required, you'll be kicked out straight off...a few years ago, a bunch of students going to San Fran got letters telling them to leave the country a day before the university told them that a class was being canceled which put them under the required hours of study.

Car insurance and just plain running a car is also a lot more expensive over here, especially as you won't have any credit history and your young.

You also can't work in your first semester as a student, and when you are allowed to work, it has to be part time and on campus work only...not so great when you have to pay for your visa, whilst in the UK, there isn't a process, you turn up in blighty with a letter from school saying you have been accepted, and your passport gets stamped for the length of the course.

Partystar Nov 14th 2006 9:24 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
by saying 'getting things for free' you do mean state benefits etc dont u? coz i dont get any of them... but i do need a hell of a lot of info before i move.. so any info would be great :D

There are so many every day costs that will start popping up, such as travel/medical/dental etc, don't leave yourself high & dry. I don't know how the public transport is in WA, but that might be something you could look into, as Bob said, buying a car could prove difficult for you (a decent credit rating is almost a must to live here), so just make sure you do your homework.

Good luck to you!

StephC1520 Nov 14th 2006 11:57 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
yeah thanks for the warm welcome :rolleyes:

i've been interested in going to university in America for a long time. just finishing re-sitting my A Levels so i can get in :)

I went to university in America and yes it is very expensive but it also depends where you go. I went to a small state university in SW Missouri..(Don't ask!?!?) it wasn't that bad compared to the big state schools. But I didn't have to pay overseas tuition...had my Green Card by then. I had some friends who were there from overseas and compared to the bigger schools they saved a bunch and got the same education.
Yes...books will be extra and you will need transportation if there is no good public transportation in that area..although..if you live on campus you won't need a car that much. I had some friends who lived on campus and didn't have a car and on the weekends they all just came out with us.
You might be able to get on a exchange program with another university but usually you have to go to school in the UK first for that to happen.
I don't want to be all gloomy on this post...I am a firm believer that if you want it bad enough you can make it happen.
Just research alot first...you are well on your way asking questions on this forum... :)

Jerseygirl Nov 15th 2006 12:21 am

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
hiya my name is kay, i am 20yrs old and looking to move across the pond for university. is there anyone here who studies at western washington university in Bellingham, WA? if so, i would love to know more about the town and what there is to do there?

i also need info about all the laws etc like how i go about getting my visas etc...

thanks! :D

Are you considering living and working in the US after uni? If so do you know how feasible it is? If you intend to return to the UK you may be better to stay and get a UK degree.

Rushman Nov 15th 2006 1:37 am

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Shouldn't britspunks post be in the immigration forum?

Elvira Nov 15th 2006 1:44 am

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Originally Posted by Rushman
Shouldn't britspunks post be in the immigration forum?

And WTF would YOU care? :rolleyes:

Rushman Nov 15th 2006 3:28 am

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Originally Posted by Elvira
And WTF would YOU care? :rolleyes:

I dont...it was a got opportunity to sneak in the word "spunk" and I grabbed it.

britpunk101 Nov 15th 2006 8:01 pm

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Originally Posted by Bob
Well you get the NHS for free, dental is a lot cheaper, and you have all those benefits to fall back on...

As a student in the US, if you drop a class, and fall under the credit hours required, you'll be kicked out straight off...a few years ago, a bunch of students going to San Fran got letters telling them to leave the country a day before the university told them that a class was being canceled which put them under the required hours of study.

Car insurance and just plain running a car is also a lot more expensive over here, especially as you won't have any credit history and your young.

You also can't work in your first semester as a student, and when you are allowed to work, it has to be part time and on campus work only...not so great when you have to pay for your visa, whilst in the UK, there isn't a process, you turn up in blighty with a letter from school saying you have been accepted, and your passport gets stamped for the length of the course.

we get nhs for free but many of us choose to go private, as do i. you arent doing a very good job of encouraging me to leave for the US :p lol

Elvira Nov 15th 2006 8:33 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
we get nhs for free but many of us choose to go private, as do i. you arent doing a very good job of encouraging me to leave for the US :p lol


<<<sigh>>>

Some reading for you:

The San Francisco Chronicle - October 11-15, 2004
IN CRITICAL CONDITION: HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA

Why health care costs are rising fast. Plus the Bush and Kerry health care plans.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...NGII96CVP1.DTL
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...NGII96D031.DTL

Retirees hit hard as health benefits are lost.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...UGMN979TS1.DTL

Health care tops the labor-management agenda.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...UGMN97GRD1.DTL

How Canada provides health care for all.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...GR28JFEN59.DTL

Employees are digging deeper to pay for health insurance.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...G7T8E81H63.DTL

Manc Nov 15th 2006 9:12 pm

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Originally Posted by britpunk101
we get nhs for free but many of us choose to go private, as do i. you arent doing a very good job of encouraging me to leave for the US :p lol

I don't encourage people.

I don't tell them that it is the land of milk and honey because it is not.

just have a fair idea of what you're letting yourself into.

Partystar Nov 15th 2006 10:45 pm

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Originally Posted by Manc
I don't encourage people.

I don't tell them that it is the land of milk and honey because it is not.

just have a fair idea of what you're letting yourself into.

Very good advice.


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