Bucks New University, formerly Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (BCUC), is located in the charming market town of High Wycombe, where picturesque buildings are complemented by a modern shopping center and plenty of nightlife. London is only 35 minutes away by train, both the city of Oxford and the international airport at Heathrow are just 30 minutes away by car, and attractions such as scenic medieval villages and hiking paths through the Chiltern Hills are nearby. Founded in 1893 as the Science and Art School, Bucks New University has around 8,000 students on its three campuses. The Music Industry Management program is part of the Faculty of Creativity and Culture, which has 1,000 students. It is located on the Wellesbourne Campus on the northern edge of High Wycombe, surrounded by green countryside and playing fields, and is also close to the facilities of the High Wycombe campus.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
Bucks is spread out over different campuses. The main campus is the High Wycombe campus, located in the attractive market town of High Wycombe, where picturesque buildings are complemented by a modern shopping center and plenty of nightlife, ranging from pubs and nightclubs to cinema, theatre and a sports center.
The academic system in the U.K. is quite different from that of the United States but like the U.S. system, remember that teaching and assessment methods may vary from course to course. Generally, you will find that you have fewer “contact” hours - time spent in class - in your courses at Sussex than you normally do here. You will find that you are left with a significant amount of time during the day and also in the evening when you do not have to attend classes, but no clear indication of how this time must be spent. This does not mean that your course load is lighter; rather, you are expected to spend more time in self-directed study preparing for classes, papers, and examinations. To succeed in your studies, you will have to develop a work routine where this “free time” is used productively.
In courses you may enjoy a combination of lectures; seminars, which give you the opportunity to take part in group discussions around a specific topic; and tutorials, which allow you to work closely with course tutors in discussions based on your written work. You will find fewer pieces of assessment. It is not uncommon for a mark to be based on a comprehensive examination and a paper or presentation. Quizzes, midterms, and extra credit projects are not common.
Grading Scale and Credit Converstion:
Bucks uses a numerical grading system based on a 0-100 scale. Bucks marks are translated into UM grades as follows:
60 BCUC credits per semester = 15 UM credits
Music Industry Management (https://bucks.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/arts-and-creative-industries/music-business-ft-1718)
Minimum 2.5 GPA. This program is limited to four semester exchange places.
Room and Board:
University of Miami exchange students are guaranteed a single-occupancy bedroom in university, normally on campus. The facilities are self-catering so there is no meal plan but shared kitchen.
For information about the accommodation, please go to www.bucks.ac.uk/accommodation/halls
You will pay Bucks directly for housing costs. They will ask for a deposit. Prices for halls vary , details can be found on their website. Food costs are additional. For more information, contact:
Room N1.02, High Wycombe Campus
Telephone (from the U.S.): 011-44-1494-603-063
Please be aware that you will sign a housing contract upon arrival, which will tie you to set dates.
You Are A Guest:
As an exchange student, you will have the opportunity to experience university life in a completely different way. For example, you might find that courses abroad are not equal to three UM credits. The format of assessment might be different, with great emphasis being placed on one big test versus smaller assignments throughout the semester. The amount of time spent in class can vary greatly from country to country as well as the amount of independent learning that is expected. Exchange students are guests of the host university and will not receive any services that the local, degree-seeking students do not receive. The university abroad may not provide the same amenities as the University of Miami and the level of customer service can vary.
Exchange programs open the door for students to have the experience of a university student in a different country. It is important to talk to your study abroad advisor about your level of comfort with the challenges that await you abroad. Your advisor may be able to suggest an exchange program that offers more of the services to which you have become accustomed, or can direct you to a semester on location program. Students who have chosen to embark on an exchange program have reported that by overcoming obstacles encountered abroad, they have gained independence and self-confidence, and were challenged to broaden their perspectives.
Year: Early October to mid-June
Spring: Early January to mid-June