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Important Factors When Choosing a Graduate Program

written by Claire Macdonald

2274225022_3f3beac0ef_mThe decision to undertake graduate study is an important one, and once you have decided to take this step, the next question is – which one!? There are so many graduate study options around the world that deciding where and what to study can be an immense task. Consider why you are interested in a graduate program, and research your options. After you’ve done some initial research, you can narrow it down to the programs and schools that interest you. If you can, attend a university fair to get a feel for a university or program. Read more

 

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Cultural Differences in Academia: Major Points to Keep in Mind While Studying Abroad

written by Claire Macdonald

imageIn recent years, more and more universities are deliberately seeking out international students and encouraging cross-cultural exchange, whether through direct exchange programs, entire degrees for or including international students, or wider networks such as the Erasmus program in Europe. The benefits of working and studying abroad are numerous – they can lead to improved language skills, salary, a global network of contacts and increased cultural sensitivity.

Such an experience can prepare a student for their future career, and (more importantly, perhaps) for life. In a globalised world, it is increasingly important that people are able to interact and work comfortably with individuals from all around the world. However, it isn’t always easy! In order to be successful in your studies and to make the most of your time abroad, it will often be necessary to adjust your expectations and behaviour. What is considered normal or expected in your own country may in fact be a bad idea at your host university! The following are a few major points of cultural difference to keep in mind while studying overseas. Read more

 

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Why Study in the UK? 5 Reasons to Choose Britain for Study Abroad

written by Claire Macdonald

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The value of overseas study is immeasurable, and a study abroad semester or degree enhances the educational experience. As such, we have recently been doing a blog post series highlighting reasons to study in Italy, Turkey, China, Spain and – now our next in line -  the United Kingdom! The UK is home to many of the world’s leading universities, and is a top international student destination for those who would like to improve their English and take advantage of the challenging and creative courses on offer around the UK.

 

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AEA Annual Meeting 2015: January 3-5, Boston, MA

written by Claire Macdonald

4608613719_b24a0e7cab_m (2)Today marked the first day of this year’s American Economic Association (AEA) Annual Meeting. The AEA Meeting is an annual event that brings together some of the superstars of economics in one of the largest economics-focused gatherings in the world. Every year, upwards of 10,000 academics come together for discussions, presentations, and – equally important! – socialising, over a long weekend. Read more

 

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Top Blog Posts 2014 – INOMICS Readers’ Favorites

written by Anastasia Sharova

Year 2015Yet another fantastic year and here at INOMICS we have been taking a look back at the most popular articles and topics of 2014 and decided to share the most read and shared ones with you, just in case you missed them the first time around! As many of our followers are academic bloggers themselves, we would love to hear which posts from academic blogs have been among your favorites this year.

Here is a short summary of what our readers found the most interesting, informative, helpful or entertaining posts right here on the INOMICS Blog:

  1. Practical tips about the dress code for academic conferences and on how to give a great academic presentation top our list of most popular blog posts in 2014. Presentation of your work is as important as its content, and it is a skill that can and should be trained, as acknowledged by many academics.

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Scholarships for Students in Europe: UK, Spain, Italy and France

written by Claire Macdonald

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Funding your studies is always an important consideration and can be a big hurdle for students. There are a number of funding types available, such as grants, scholarships, and student or private loans. They can come from a number of different sources, including government, university, or private organizations. But what do these different types of funding mean, and how do they work?

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The Economics of Christmas Songs: When to start playing Jingle Bell Rock?

written by Claire Macdonald

 

6500480445_2d82c0e30d_zIt happens every year. As you’re walking through a shopping centre, a store, or perhaps a supermarket, you hear a Christmas song, and you know it’s the beginning of the buying frenzy that leads up to Christmas.

Each year, it feels like it comes earlier. You find yourself humming along to ‘Jingle Bells’, or perhaps it’s ‘Feliz Navidad’, maybe even ‘Jingle Bell Rock’. Christmas is usually one of the most important retail periods of the year, and Christmas songs play an important role in boosting sales. Stores start to play Christmas music to remind us that the holiday season approaches, and that it’s time to start buying presents for loved ones. But the timing of when this happens is very, very important. Read more

 

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Tips on Staying Motivated During the Holiday Season

written by Claire Macdonald

8242294182_baf9311560_mIt can be hard to stay motivated surrounded by chocolate, festive lighting and tinsel garlands. With the prospect of overseas holidays, dinners with family and friends, gift-giving and an abundance of food fast approaching, whether you work or study, maintaining focus can be an issue.

Holiday season can be a time of great joy, and unfortunately also one of very low productivity. Parties, travel, colleagues taking time off and an abundance of food take their toll, so that returning to work or study after the holiday season can often become a stressful experience. We’ve already discussed the perils of trying to write a thesis during summer in this blog post.

Have no fear, however! This time round we’ve taken the time to compile a quick list of tips on staying motivated during the winter holiday season. Read more

 

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Why Attend a University Fair?

written by Claire Macdonald

5433794421_08b0a63558For a student faced with the daunting decision of which university to attend, paying a visit to a university fair can be a great way to get your thoughts in order and discover some of the programs and institutions on offer. These fairs can vary in size from the small to large-scale (such as UniFair in the UK), and can be quite confusing.

However university fairs are well worth attending! A visit to a university fair is an opportunity to:

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Why Study in Italy? 5 Reasons to live La Dolce Vita

written by Claire Macdonald

Why Study in ItalyWe’ve already explored Spain, China and Turkey – next stop in our series exploring top destinations for students is Italy!

Italy is renowned for delicious cuisine, gorgeous landscapes, friendly people and a rich cultural tapestry of history, art, fashion, music, and literature. Every year thousands of international students choose to head to Italy to experience la dolce vita. We’ve already previously discussed the benefits of studying or working abroad. So, why should you head to Italy?

 

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