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A Degree from the UK or USA?
Had a discussion with my mate a few days ago and he was under the impression that a degree from US was easier than a British one. He stated that the content of UK degrees were more intellectually challenging and more in depth. He then went as far to claim that the education system in UK was superior to the American model. For instance we specialise at a young age. When we turn 16 we go to college or sixth form and take 4 or 3 A levels (these are widely viewed as being on par with first year of university in America). We then go to university where some study one subject that they took in their A level. In a British degree we don't have majors. If you picked Biology, you will only study biology, live biology breathe biology and eat biology for three years and nothing else. One of our friends who reads physics spent his year abroad in America. Apparently he was in classes with masters students (and he is only in his 2nd year here). Because we only study one subject and give all our energy to it we may be ahead a year or two- but this is not always a good thing. In depth study does limit one. If one has ever only studied a single subject at university and nothing else one would have limited amount of skills which would not translate well in the working world.
IMO I think the American education system is better; it makes up a more well rounded person.
Doing a subject so in depth is pointless unless you want to pursue academia further or go into research for the rest of your life. Employers want well rounded individuals, who can write, do maths, read efficiently, etc. the UK system does not promote this. It would also be nice to have someone on the dinner table that you can speak with a few things and not just one :).
So my question is which Degree model would you pick- The in depth specialised study of a UK degree or the broad well rounded US degree?