Application process with MicroEDU
I applied to EBS London in March for a master’s degree in Management Human Resources in September and received an acceptance just a month later. EBS does not have a deadline like the one at German universities, which is probably due to the high tuition fees.
MicroEDU sent me the so-called “Application Form”, in which previous courses, grades, language skills and internships are listed. In addition, you need two English letters of recommendation. I chose a lecturer and a former employer. As is usual at all English universities, it also depends a lot on your letter of motivation: why this university and no other? I orientated myself very much towards the special courses offered, such as “The Artistry of Leadership”, which are not available at any other university.
Together with my proof of English (IELTS) and my preliminary bachelor’s degree (also in English, of course), I sent all documents to my MicroEDU agent, who passed the documents on and was always helpful for many interim questions. I was a little afraid that my bachelor’s certificate would not arrive on time. But EBS London is very generous with such matters and does not necessarily insist on the immediate submission of the documents, but understands that the former university is a little slow.
Accommodation in London:
Regent’s University offers accommodation “on campus”, but for an incredible amount of money. A single room is only available for 340 pounds, around 400 euros a week. Via www.gumtree.co.uk I found a flat share within a week that is half an hour away from the university with the tube – for around 400 euros a month. Of course you have to compromise and you can’t expect a German standard. There are hardly any isolated houses, the rooms are not much larger than the single bed in them and, unfortunately, mold is normal. But I think that if you already pay for such an expensive university or let yourself be paid for, you shouldn’t also spend tons of money on a room in which you only sleep anyway. The Masters is much more intensive than in Germany, many university events also take place on the weekends and an expensive apartment is simply not worth it.
Everyday life at EBS
EBS is part of Regent’s University and thus part of a small microcosm in the middle of Regent Park. Everything is much smaller and finer than at the big German universities. There are no mass lecture halls and there were only 20 students in my fullest course. The atmosphere is very international and also very intimate- after the informative O-week everyone knows everyone and the lecturers also know who you are and what you do. You can tell that most of the students come from well-off families and money doesn’t seem to play a big role. I was a bit prejudiced at first and found it strange and new that most of them look more like they are going to a fashion show than the finance class. And yes, there were princes, oil oligarchs and diplomatic children in my year, whatever you can see on campus. But that doesn’t mean that my fellow students were different than in Germany. On the contrary, at EBS I got to know many open, interesting and determined young people from all over the world. What dad and mom do was never an issue. My fellow students all had a lot of drive and were mostly very ambitious, which was also reinforced by the constant pressure to perform. Read more experience for studying abroad on Top-medical-schools.
Teaching at EBS
At the beginning, a lecturer asked us what grades we would like to graduate with and how much we would be willing to give for it. At the beginning I still laughed and thought it was all very “American”. It wasn’t until later that I realized that all of my lecturers really wanted to see us with top grades and constantly wanted to follow up, inquire and see results. Since the courses are very small, you will immediately notice if you are not prepared. Knowledge is taught here more in self-study and then tested in the courses. About every other week I had to hand in a small term paper that could be a case study or a more extensive presentation. At EBS, you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and to collect your grades at various levels.”Soft skills” are very important here and you often get grades for lectures and your own workshops, which was very new to me.
My lecturers all had a lot of work experience and some were even active as management consultants, which I found a great enrichment. Those who want to work immediately after university are ideally prepared. However, those who would rather deepen their scientific knowledge and would like to do teaching or research may be disappointed. Technical literature is only as important here as it can be used directly.
As a master’s student, I went to university for half a day 4 days a week, but was also at the university on the weekends for projects and group work. In the Postgraduate Center you also have the opportunity to retire on the couch. During the high phase of the exams, the library is open 24 hours, which was used by many students. During a semester (September to December), you hardly have any free time, but then you can keep your head free until the end of January. Personally, I find that much more pleasant than having to do something for the university all year round.
The EBS has its own gym, which offers several fitness courses that are perfectly fine. Because sport is very expensive in London, the price / performance ratio is really great here. In addition, there are always great events and weekend trips. “Socities”, as I experienced them at another English university, are less common here, which is probably also due to the fact that you are in the middle of London.
Overall, my conclusion is very positive. For the first time, I had the feeling that my lecturers really care about me and encourage me to perform at my best. In addition, the university is a small, quiet paradise in the middle of London. However: you have to accept that learning is different here than in Germany and that what you have learned has to be continuously queried and presented.