Swansea, Southampton, Exeter, Queen Mary


Hello,

My husband has got offers from Swansea, Southampton, Exeter, and Queen Mary (LLM in Maririme Law).

As far as the quality of programmes is concerned, we are aware that Southampton and Swansea are both great.
But what we don't know is the living environment of the areas.

We will be bringing our 5-year-old son who will be attending a primary school when we go to the U.K. As we are Koreans, my son knows only a few sentences in English. I am very worried if he may face serious difficulties in the school.

So we hope to find a place (& primary school) that provides welcoming and caring environment for English-as-an-additional-language students. We acknowlege that it depends on the specific primary schools, but considering such factors as kids-friendly living environment, quality of life, climate, primary schools, which place would you recommend to us among Swansea, Southampton, Exeter, and London?

- As far as the Maritime Law LLM programmes, Soton and Swansea seem to be the best schools. But Queen Mary has overall better reputation I think, is that right?
- Many has recommended London but I am concerned about high prices. Is it worth it?
- I am aware Welsh language is used in Swansea as well as English. Will my son learn Welsh in a primary school in Swansea?

I will appreciate any comments and suggestions. = )
Hello,

My husband has got offers from Swansea, Southampton, Exeter, and Queen Mary (LLM in Maririme Law).

As far as the quality of programmes is concerned, we are aware that Southampton and Swansea are both great.
But what we don't know is the living environment of the areas.

We will be bringing our 5-year-old son who will be attending a primary school when we go to the U.K. As we are Koreans, my son knows only a few sentences in English. I am very worried if he may face serious difficulties in the school.

So we hope to find a place (& primary school) that provides welcoming and caring environment for English-as-an-additional-language students. We acknowlege that it depends on the specific primary schools, but considering such factors as kids-friendly living environment, quality of life, climate, primary schools, which place would you recommend to us among Swansea, Southampton, Exeter, and London?

- As far as the Maritime Law LLM programmes, Soton and Swansea seem to be the best schools. But Queen Mary has overall better reputation I think, is that right?
- Many has recommended London but I am concerned about high prices. Is it worth it?
- I am aware Welsh language is used in Swansea as well as English. Will my son learn Welsh in a primary school in Swansea?

I will appreciate any comments and suggestions. = )
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flori
Hello Dianovella,


So we hope to find a place (& primary school) that provides welcoming and caring environment for English-as-an-additional-language students. We acknowlege that it depends on the specific primary schools, but considering such factors as kids-friendly living environment, quality of life, climate, primary schools, which place would you recommend to us among Swansea, Southampton, Exeter, and London?


Well, it depends - among others on the financial means involved. Let's take London as an example for a potential environment for English-as-an-additional-language students:
Excellent, if you head to Kensington, some of the hipster areas in the East End etc. If London = Tower Hamlets etc. things will be a little bit different, though.

The same goes for all the other places -> Swansea: On one hand the Mumbles area, Mt. Pleasant on the other hand...


- As far as the Maritime Law LLM programmes, Soton and Swansea seem to be the best schools. But Queen Mary has overall better reputation I think, is that right?


Probably, yes. However, the general reputation tends to be most relevant when it comes to school reunions, family meetings etc. (the general "braggin factor").
In my eyes - I have to admit that this is a very personal view - the general reputation would only be relevant, if Oxbridge was in the game. It isn't, though and therefore I would not waste too many thoughts on the question, whether to select a university with a second or one with a third class general reputation...


- Many has recommended London but I am concerned about high prices. Is it worth it?


London is London, one of the "global cities" with one of biggest legal hubs in the world, lots of culture, excellent choices of restaurants etc.

However, it is probably a horrible place to go to with a family, if you are on limited financial means.


- I am aware Welsh language is used in Swansea as well as English. Will my son learn Welsh in a primary school in Swansea?


Yes. The amount however, will depend on the chosen school track. A lot of Welsh in the Welsh medium primary schools, not so much in the English medium primary schools...
http://www.swansea.gov.uk/cymraeg

In the end, depending on the financial means I would either recommend London (mainly because it is London, not because of Queen Mary university) or Swansea...

Bye
Flori
Hello Dianovella,

<blockquote>
So we hope to find a place (& primary school) that provides welcoming and caring environment for English-as-an-additional-language students. We acknowlege that it depends on the specific primary schools, but considering such factors as kids-friendly living environment, quality of life, climate, primary schools, which place would you recommend to us among Swansea, Southampton, Exeter, and London?
</blockquote>

Well, it depends - among others on the financial means involved. Let's take London as an example for a potential environment for English-as-an-additional-language students:
Excellent, if you head to Kensington, some of the hipster areas in the East End etc. If London = Tower Hamlets etc. things will be a little bit different, though.

The same goes for all the other places -> Swansea: On one hand the Mumbles area, Mt. Pleasant on the other hand...

<blockquote>
- As far as the Maritime Law LLM programmes, Soton and Swansea seem to be the best schools. But Queen Mary has overall better reputation I think, is that right?
</blockquote>

Probably, yes. However, the general reputation tends to be most relevant when it comes to school reunions, family meetings etc. (the general "braggin factor").
In my eyes - I have to admit that this is a very personal view - the general reputation would only be relevant, if Oxbridge was in the game. It isn't, though and therefore I would not waste too many thoughts on the question, whether to select a university with a second or one with a third class general reputation...

<blockquote>
- Many has recommended London but I am concerned about high prices. Is it worth it?
</blockquote>

London is London, one of the "global cities" with one of biggest legal hubs in the world, lots of culture, excellent choices of restaurants etc.

However, it is probably a horrible place to go to with a family, if you are on limited financial means.

<blockquote>
- I am aware Welsh language is used in Swansea as well as English. Will my son learn Welsh in a primary school in Swansea?
</blockquote>

Yes. The amount however, will depend on the chosen school track. A lot of Welsh in the Welsh medium primary schools, not so much in the English medium primary schools...
http://www.swansea.gov.uk/cymraeg

In the end, depending on the financial means I would either recommend London (mainly because it is London, not because of Queen Mary university) or Swansea...

Bye
Flori
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kosta
Hi

I would be more positive about Swansea- very friendly place to live and bring up a family. I did my LLM there. Also, very good physical environment which you will not find for a 5 year kid (Mumbles, Gower, parks etc) in London. There are good public schools in the area too. The quality of the course is exceptional as well. Well I am very positive as my experience was positive! I strongly recommend!

Kosta
Hi

I would be more positive about Swansea- very friendly place to live and bring up a family. I did my LLM there. Also, very good physical environment which you will not find for a 5 year kid (Mumbles, Gower, parks etc) in London. There are good public schools in the area too. The quality of the course is exceptional as well. Well I am very positive as my experience was positive! I strongly recommend!

Kosta
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ftakd
Swansea no doubt!
Swansea no doubt!
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Sam21
I would recommend Swansea for a family. The lifestyle that you can have in Swansea is great for children. There is the beach, parks and plenty of walks. The children do learn Welsh in school but not too much. If you send your child to an English primary school, he will be taught mainly in English with a few classes in Welsh.

The LLM courses at Swansea are great too! Plus there are a lot of international students on the course and some also bring along children so your child will have instant friends!
I would recommend Swansea for a family. The lifestyle that you can have in Swansea is great for children. There is the beach, parks and plenty of walks. The children do learn Welsh in school but not too much. If you send your child to an English primary school, he will be taught mainly in English with a few classes in Welsh.

The LLM courses at Swansea are great too! Plus there are a lot of international students on the course and some also bring along children so your child will have instant friends!

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Swansea of course! I also did my LLM in Swansea and the city is very friendly and beautiful. Some of my classmates also brought their children which had the time of their life! The kids were very happy at school as the teachers helped them adjust.They also improved their English which will be agreat asset for them in the future and made very good friends. Swansea also has a lot of parks and the beach which is great gor childen who normally like running artound.
Hope you make the right decision.
Swansea of course! I also did my LLM in Swansea and the city is very friendly and beautiful. Some of my classmates also brought their children which had the time of their life! The kids were very happy at school as the teachers helped them adjust.They also improved their English which will be agreat asset for them in the future and made very good friends. Swansea also has a lot of parks and the beach which is great gor childen who normally like running artound.
Hope you make the right decision.
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Hi,
How are you doing?
I am Mayank from India. I am messaging you to ask you for your insight and advise. I have been offered a place in the LLM maritime law course in Swansea and Southampton. As i understand you had accepted your offer from Swansea University. Could you tell me how good is swansea in terms of employability post the llm? How was your experience?
please ping me on https://www.facebook.com/daed.salv

Thank you.
Hi,
How are you doing?
I am Mayank from India. I am messaging you to ask you for your insight and advise. I have been offered a place in the LLM maritime law course in Swansea and Southampton. As i understand you had accepted your offer from Swansea University. Could you tell me how good is swansea in terms of employability post the llm? How was your experience?
please ping me on https://www.facebook.com/daed.salv

Thank you.
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Hi,
How are you doing?
I am Mayank from India. I am messaging you to ask you for your insight and advise. I have been offered a place in the LLM maritime law course in Swansea and Southampton. As i understand you had accepted your offer from Swansea University. Could you tell me how good is swansea in terms of employability post the llm? How was your experience?
please ping me on https://www.facebook.com/daed.salv

Thank you.
Hi,
How are you doing?
I am Mayank from India. I am messaging you to ask you for your insight and advise. I have been offered a place in the LLM maritime law course in Swansea and Southampton. As i understand you had accepted your offer from Swansea University. Could you tell me how good is swansea in terms of employability post the llm? How was your experience?
please ping me on https://www.facebook.com/daed.salv

Thank you.
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flori
Hello indieLawLLM, hello everyone,
given that the message I received via personal message is exactly the same as this one:

1. Personal Experience: Excellent (the experience is not exactly recent, though).
2. Employability: It depends. In the end it's not about how good "Swansea" is in terms of employability, but how strong your personal profile will be after the LLM. Still, the LLM will certainly be a plus to that and the law school has good industry links.
3. Facebook: No, why? -> this is what this discussion board is for.

Bye
flori
Hello indieLawLLM, hello everyone,
given that the message I received via personal message is exactly the same as this one:

1. Personal Experience: Excellent (the experience is not exactly recent, though).
2. Employability: It depends. In the end it's not about how good "Swansea" is in terms of employability, but how strong your personal profile will be after the LLM. Still, the LLM will certainly be a plus to that and the law school has good industry links.
3. Facebook: No, why? -> this is what this discussion board is for.

Bye
flori
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Thanks flori.
2 things actually - I wanted to know what your view of their placement/employment cell is and what kind of opportunities they offer?
Secondly, the Facebook link was for faster exchange of information. That's all. Thanks anyway!
Thanks flori.
2 things actually - I wanted to know what your view of their placement/employment cell is and what kind of opportunities they offer?
Secondly, the Facebook link was for faster exchange of information. That's all. Thanks anyway!
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