4 Advantages of Smaller Universities

The choice between **large universities vs small universities** is an important consideration to factor into your final list of the universities you will apply to. **Understanding the difference will directly impact your expectation as well as overall experience as a first year student.** Both large and small universities have advantages. In this article we will talk about 4 advantages a small university offers: ### Small classes = higher student to faculty ratio. Small universities often have less than 20 students per class unlike larger universities that can easily have several hundred students per class. What this means for you, is the opportunity for **greater interaction with your professor and fellow classmates.** We are often detracted from asking questions in larger settings because we are embarrassed to do so in front of so many people. If we miss something, it is often harder to get the professor to go over the information with us again. ### Student-committed professors. In larger universities, professors often have the pressure to publish often. This means that aside from teaching larger classes, they must also take the necessary time to conduct research. This in turn could mean they will have less time for students. Often, professors end up relying on TA´s to teach a portion of the class. At small universities, **the student is the priority, which means that the professor will have more time to prepare for classes, which means the material will be engaging, and the professor will have more time to dedicate to each student.** ### Less red-tape! At small universities there is often less bureaucracy and to some degree less automation. This means you will not have to figure things out on your own but will likely have easy access to a registrar who will help you map out your next few years. This also applies to all the university services. It will be easier for you to have quick and easy access to departments like Financial Aid, Student Services, Career Services, etc. ### You are more than just one more. At larger universities students can feel overwhelmed. More often than not students come from a smaller classroom setting to larger auditorium type classrooms, making it harder for them to find their place. **Small universities allow you to transition into a smaller setting of similar size** or a bit larger but still allowing you to feel included. If you attend an international school, a private school, you are probably used to having smaller class sizes and a very diverse student body. Entering a large university can be a culture shock to many which can provoke additional stress to an already stressful situation. The best recommendation we can give is that you **evaluate your learning preferences with regards to class sizes as well as bureaucratic preferences before making a decision.** A large university and a small university have different audiences, they are not meant to cater to everyone. Pick the one that will bring out the best in you and will give you the best opportunities to succeed.

Students take on the High Seas

This month the student body of Schiller USA enjoyed an 8 hour trip on the Gulf of Mexico Deep Sea Fishing. We chartered the “2 George’s” fishing boat and crew and headed to the high seas. With a beautiful Friday at hand, the students headed to Tarpon Springs to meet our boat. Meeting at the dock at 8 am was a little hard on some students but they all made it. With our crew, lunch, snacks and drinks we headed for the high seas. Some students it was their first time on a boat and fishing. As we came to find out, not everyone fared as well as others. But most, if not all did fish and catch some great fish to take home and eat. The crew even filleted the fish for the students to take home. To summarize: It was a long day on the beautiful water, with lots of laughs, fish and fun…… and defiantly worth every moment of the experience. For more pictures check out our Facebook Page at:

SIU Madrid Student Highlight

Why SIU Madrid?

I like to do a lot of research before making any kind of decision and that is exactly what I did before enrolling at Schiller Madrid. I found more positive reviews than I could count. I also had someone personally recommend it as the place to go and it was an opportunity I could not pass by.

Why have you chosen to live in Madrid?

Simply because of how friendly the citizens are, they are always happy to help you get where you need to be and lend a helping hand. I also thought this would be a great experience for me to be submerged in a completely different culture as well as take part of traditions very different than my own.

What has been your most interesting experience abroad?

My most interesting experience would be meeting international people. This gives you a whole new kind of educational experience as you learn about their country, culture, and many traditions. It also helps you keep an open mind towards experiencing things you do not know such as a special dish from that country.

How would you want to be remembered?

When I graduate and years have passed, I hope that when my friends think back to their college days they have a thought for me. Not only as someone they knew in college but as a funny, kind person who was always there to give assistance to anyone who needed it.

Paris internship as a first step in diplomacy

Many students take time off from the studies to work in internships at international organizations, companies, diplomatic representations and other institutions in and around Paris. Thanks to the monthly system at Schiller International University, students can work as interns any time of the year. We recently sat down with Yago Feria Sanchez a fourth-year student in the Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy program at Schiller Paris who is beginning an internship this August. SIU: What are you doing for the next few months? YFS: I am currently interning for the Spanish Consulate General in Paris. SIU:Why did you apply for this internship? One of my biggest interests within the field of IR has always been diplomacy, and one of its most evident forms are countries’ Permanent Representations abroad. By this I mean Embassies, Consulates, Commercial Offices, Permanent Representations at International Institutions, etc. I still haven’t chosen what career path I want to follow after I graduate, but the option of being a Diplomat is one of the ones that thrills me the most. In my country, Spain, you need to pass a public exam to become a member of the Diplomatic Corps. It requires a huge amount of time and money invested, and nobody is guaranteed that they will pass it. Normally, young diplomats are first sent to Consulates to get some experience. They are changed from one country to another after a couple of years. If they prove themselves fit for the job, they then go into Embassies. Only a minority of highly-performing ones might, one day, be appointed as Ambassadors or Consuls after a 20 or 30 year career. Since Consulates are normally the starting point, I thought I could not consider this option seriously if I didn’t first experience the day-to-day routine of a Consulate from the inside. As you know, Consulates are much less flashier than Embassies. In short, they are in charge of helping citizens of its country who need help when they are abroad, as well as foreigners in need of visas or other types of documents. To put it another way, you can’t pretend to be a general if you have never fought in the trenches. SIU: What will be your duties? YFS: I am currently being trained at the Documentation Service, although I am expected to rotate to another Service in a week. At Documentation we are in charge of issuing Passports, Safe-Passages, Residency Certificates and Inscriptions into the Consular Census. It is a rather administrative position, but it requires a lot of discipline, organization and tons of patience! Also, one needs to be able know how to pace oneself, since the workload is always huge! SIU: How do you think your Bachelors in International Relations & Diplomacy at Schiller Paris helps you? YFS: One good thing I have learned during my 3 years at Schiller is to try and look at the world with a global perspective. We never go into too much depth, but we do get a good glimpse of differences across the world. This learning process does not only stop at the classroom, since the fact of having to spend time with people coming from different corners of the planet trains you to thrive in a multicultural environment, while you embrace differences and are aware of your own cultural specificities. SIU: What advice do you have for young people interested in getting an internship at an embassy? YFS: When speaking of jobs at Consulates or Embassies, most of the times you must go through a country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Office or its equivalent. I would say that the most straightforward way to get inside is to contact your country’s representation wherever you find yourself or to contact a foreign delegation’s representation if you are back in your home country. Your nationality there will be valued, and since most Schiller students are fluent in English and even one, two or even more other languages, you will always have an interesting profile for this type of institution. Also, remember to plan way in advance, since you must always keep within the application deadlines and there are always lots of other applicants for the same position. Thanks alot, Yago! And good luck!