Hey, you guys I need some help=)!

<p>Hey Everyone,</p>

<p>I am Shermaine, I'm 21 years old and I live in The Netherlands.
Currently, I am studying at The Hague University and my study is called International Business and Management Studies (IBMS for short).
After the summer vacation I am starting my third year, and in the second semester of this year I have to go abroad to study.</p>

<p>My first choice when it comes to country is the US.
I would've liked to be able to choose the university I want to study at myself, but unfortunately this is not possible.
The school has managed to set up several contracts with several universities in the US.
After having done some research I cut my choice down to the following three universities:</p>

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<li>Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.</li>
<li>University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.</li>
<li>University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.</li>
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<p>I want to following classes at the business school of these universities. and I was wondering and hoping that some of you have some experiences with these universities or are able to tell me which one of these schools would be the best choice.
I would also like to know more about the campus life at these universities and more about the state and city where the universities are located (all information is good).
You can post or PM me the information.</p>

<p>Sorry for the long thread, but I would really appreciate you're help and I hope the information you are able to give me will enable me to make the right choice.</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>Shermaine</p>

<p>Would you be taking undergraduate business or MBA courses at each of these universities? Have you done any research into how each of these universities is treating their visiting students? (Some universities don't let visiting students take popular classes, for example.)</p>

<p>If you haven't already done so, take a look at the course offerings at each university (not just the degree programs, but the actual classes they are teaching). See what appeals to you. </p>

<p>Also, are you interested in pursuing an internship in the US after your semester abroad? Louisville, KY would have more opportunities for you than the other two cities, but of course you could relocate later.</p>

<p>First of all thank you for your reply.</p>

<p>I am an undergraduate student so I will be taking undergraduate business.
I did do some research on how they are threating their visiting students, and after doing that I am more attracted to the Texas Tech University.
Although I am hearing some stories here from my friends and family about racism in Texas (No offence intended!!!) and as I am Indian this worries me a little, although I don't really think it is going to be an issue.
I also looked up some rankings online, and the one of 2010 showed that Texas Tech is 159 out of 12000 universities worldwide and I thought that was quite good.
The other two where a little lower ranked.
Can you tell me how to look at these rankings because I don't know if it also applies to the business courses the school offers.</p>

<p>I also get what you are saying about Louisville having more oppurtunities, as it is a bigger city.
And to answer your questions I am looking for an internship abroad (I hope the US) to do my final internship and write my thesis.
After getting my diploma I hope I can get my MBA abroad too.
But that is two years from know.</p>

<p>Also our school has an arrangement with the universities and we are free to choose any course we like as long as it applies to our study.</p>

<p>Does Texas Tech occupy spot 159 in the Webometrics ranking? They are ranking universities by their internet presence: how many hits a google search of the name returns, how many pdf/doc/ps files are stored on the university domain, etc. Texas Tech has a large web presence due to its size. I really don't think you should choose your university based on Webometrics.</p>

<p>When you look a ranking, always pay attention to their methodology. The Webometrics ranking, for example, is an interesting experiment but completely irrelevant for your purposes. Some organizations rank universities by research output or financial resources. Neither of these are of particular importance to you. (American universities spend their money on all sorts of things unrelated to academics. Texas Tech invests 22% of their operating budget into athletics, for example.)</p>

<p>There are several US business school rankings. However, the rankings usually don't go past the top 80 or so programs, and none of the business schools on your list ever seems to make that cut. Earlier I was looking at some ranking that placed Texas Tech at spot ~100 for undergraduate business in the US (Louisville and Idaho were not ranked). </p>

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I am an undergraduate student so I will be taking undergraduate business.</p>

<p>Also our school has an arrangement with the universities and we are free to choose any course we like as long as it applies to our study.

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Here are two things you should do:</p>

<p>1.) Look at the course catalog and see how many undergraduate business courses each university is teaching each semester. See if you can find courses you actually want to take. Too often students enroll at a university only to realize at registration time that the university does not teach any classes that they are actually interested in. </p>

<p>This is particularly relevant if you are restricted to undergraduate business courses. An American undergraduate business student might only take 2 years' worth of business courses over 4 years. 3rd year undergraduate courses at European universities are often considered graduate courses in the US. Make sure that there are actually undergraduate courses you want to take if you will be considered an undergraduate student.</p>

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<li>Check if the courses you are interested in usually fill up. Many courses at American universities have enrollment caps. If the interest in the course exceeds the cap, preference will be given to the students who need the course the most. Chances are that visiting students will be the first ones to be dropped from a course if space is tight. Check the policies for visiting students on that point.</li>
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