Hey!- ...just thought I'd share this information with all you guys back in Taiwan.
I lived in Taipei for 8 years teaching English... and for the most part, the island was very good to me. However, I found that for a person in my personal situation, an Asian-American who opted to work before going to college, (and thus, without a degree), it was very difficult to find work in any other field, and given the nature of the ESL industry, lived a very unstable life without any job security. I don't know how many times I got effed over by bosses, and all the unpaid work? Seriously.
Anyways, I was offered the opportunity to come live in Shanghai with my family, who moved here to do business a couple of years ago. I was originally going to enroll at a local college, but through our research, we found a cute little college in the French Concession, The Sino-British College. It's affiliated with NCUK, (the Northern Consortium of UK Universities) and is partnered with USST, (University of Science and Technology)... the courses are all UK programs, delivered in English, and at the end of it, you get a UK degree! You can even opt to do a couple of years in Shanghai and then transfer to one of the partner colleges in the UK. (Some of the partner colleges are: Leeds, Sheffield, etc.) Additionally, you can opt to take an extra module and get a dual degree, one from NCUK, and another from USST. It's a sweet deal. And it's about the same tuition as a local community college back home.
It's mainly business-oriented. I'm studying Events Management... - I plan to be a filmmaker and will do a Master's Program in film at Tische (NYU) after graduating from SBC... but there are also courses in Business Management, Finance and Accounting, Marketing,Engineering, etc. The course I'm taking is relevant for General Management, Marketing, Production, Human Resources, etc, and of course, Events Management. I'm definitely enjoying my courses, and Shanghai has been so good to me. Opportunities left and right in every possible direction.
If anybody has any questions they want to ask about SBC, let me know. I'd be happy to answer them and give you more information! The more the merrier!