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How the British educational system differs from the Romanian one

Elena Sandu
Elena Sandu | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Elena

For over twelve years I have learned in a different language than the one I chose to study for my undergraduate degree. The reason behind that choice is an older passion, a flame that could not be extinguished: the English language, as well as some other factors such as the vast opportunities, the different grading system, the programs, courses, careers and so on. I believe that the main concepts between the two educational systems mentioned in the title are: theory teaching and learning versus practical teaching and learning, or briefly: theory vs practice.

While the Romanian educational system is oriented to expose pupils to over 30 hours of classes per week, excluding their homework for each subject, and have to take over 15 modules per academic year, in the UK students have about 12 hours of classes per week, 4 or 5 modules per academic year and face more individual work through readings and extracurricular activities. In Romania, the school period is divided into semesters, while in the UK, the school period is divided into quarters or terms.

The exams format, frequency, and grading are also extremely different. In Romania, you have to take a test at each subject once a week, or once every two weeks, while in the UK I had to take 1 preparatory language test, three formative essays in the 1st term, 3-4 summative essays in the 2nd term and 3-4 summative essays in the spring break+summer term. In Romania, you have final exams at each semester’s end and at the end of the academic year, you have to calculate the average of the marks achieved in the two semesters to get your all-over final mark.

All in all, I do think that is important to have an overall general knowledge of many subjects, but most of the Romanian students already know what they like, what subjects they truly engage with and enjoy, thus they do not need to be overloaded with information that is useless to their future careers. In my opinion, the British educational system suits me and my needs better and I am extremely glad I chose to study for a BA here.

Elena Sandu
Elena Sandu | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Elena
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