I need to know about your schedules, how many days you had to go to uni, if there was a day off during the week, how many hours you spent at uni every day, etc.
I know there cannot be a simple answer to this, as the hours depend on many factors such as modules chosen, teacher availability, etc. but I need to have an idea, as I need to decide between buying a car and using the train to get to classes.
I just finished the course in Leeds, and this is my take on it:
There will be a minimum of 12 hours of classes per week, but in some weeks (particularly in the second semester) there will be more, when you take into account mock conferences etc. There will also be careers talks and the like from time to time, which all add to the hours you spend on campus.
I had to go into university every day, although some people did get a day 'off', it just depends on the timetables. You should be aware that, due to the nature of classes being taught by professional, practising conference interpreters, the timetable can be liable to change frequently, often at very short notice!
In terms of how long I spent at university every day, it was probably less than many people, simply due to the fact that I lived very close to the university campus. However, many people (especially those that came in on the train), simply came to campus almost every day, and stayed from 9-5. It all depends on how you want to work, but given that you will need to spend time practising with your colleagues outside of class time, I would be surprised if you didn't find yourself going in to university most days of the week.
In summary, you will be very busy!
I hope this helps!
answered 30 Jun '12, 08:09
I did MAATS at Leeds so I can't really comment on the CI courses (though from my impression of the friends I had on that course, they were very very busy!) but I just wanted to comment on parking at UoL- it's very difficult to find on-campus parking unless you arrive at say 6am. If you prefer to drive a car as opposed to train + bus/walk, you'd be best to think of parking in hyde park on the residential streets that aren't permit only, and then walk the 10-20 minutes into uni from there.
answered 20 Jul '12, 07:36