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Evening teaching at Birkbeck (Birkbeck, University of London)

Birkbeck, University of London certainly stands out among other schools. Birkbeck is proud of the learning experiences of working professionals and that means all classes are held after 18:00, which is unique for a UK University campus.

The University was founded in 1823, when Dr. George Birkbeck, an outstanding philanthropist and scholar – decided to create an educational institution for the working population of London. The idea was so successful and popular that in 1913, the University joined the London University, and in 1926, the College was awarded a Royal Charter and had granted University status.

For the inhabitants of London this type of learning can be very convenient because you can get a degree without interrupting production. But what happens in the case of foreigners, the number of permitted working hours for which restricted visa regulations?

Birkbeck believes that the evening form of education is very beneficial to international students for the following reasons:

1. Joint training with working people
For many foreign students the most important factor when choosing a University abroad is the prospect of employment. When they start to study they see that together they trained many other foreign students with the same problems. Due to the ever increasing competition on the global labour market, the diploma in itself is not a guarantee of employment. Studying at Birkbeck, from the first day students are able to communicate with working people, giving them the opportunity to establish contacts with representatives of different spheres and develop their own professional network. Many foreign students believe that this gives them a competitive advantage in employment in their country of residence after graduation. Students also believe that a large number of people working in the classroom makes teaching and learning more dynamic. Students who are at the same time and employers often face challenges at work and looking for a solution for them. In particular, in the sector of Business and Management (Business and Management), students have the opportunity to apply the theory they learn in the classroom, at work the next day. Then they tell the students the results of which become proof of the effectiveness of education received.

2. Free time in the afternoon
Another significant advantage of formal training is the availability of free time a day. Having free time, students can increase the chances of finding a job, gaining experience with internships and fellowships. They also have the opportunity to earn a little, but the rules of the Ministry of internal Affairs allows foreign students to work for pay during the academic semester only twenty hours a week. In addition, the student experience was greatly enriched thanks to the fact that Birkbeck is located in Bloomsbury, the traditional academic centre of London. Off-campus research centers of world-class British library and British Museum, and famous art galleries and theatres. Also close by in West end, Oxford street and Covent garden - is full of shops, located near the lively bars and clubs of SOHO. The location of the University in Central London, students not only find themselves two steps away from world-famous attractions; they can also benefit from services offered by University of London Union (Union, University of London), including bars and cafes, clubs and theme of the community to attend concerts of live music. Free time in the afternoon allows you to utilize all of these resources and in parallel to obtain a world-class education in the evening.


Please note:
Foreign students can study at Birkbeck only in face-to-face forms of learning. Although classes are held and in the evening, learning takes the same time as in other universities. This means that the training programme a first higher education lasts three years and graduate education is one year and the PhD program takes three to four years.

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