Transferring to a new university

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Hey guys, my mother had a talk with me about a potential emigration to another country, job stuff.
I've had a look at the universities' websites and it seems that they follow the American system, or perhaps British, i.e B.Sc B.A etc, which is not the case where I live. We're following the french guys.
Currently I'm in a "classe préparatoire" of which there exists two types, for the first I'll quote Wikipedia :

"The "classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE)" (English: Higher School Preparatory Classes), commonly called classes prépas or prépas, are part of the French post-secondary education system. They consist of two years of study (extendable to three or exceptionally four years) which act as a preparatory course (or cram school) with the main goal of training students for enrollment in one of the grandes écoles. The workload is one of the highest in Europe[1] (29 to 45 contact hours a week, with up to 10 hours of guided tutorials and oral exam sessions)."

The second is "prépa integrée" which means that I do the two years of "prépa" in **the same university I'm going to continue my studies in** and from this fact arises my question : Will I need to start from first year if I tranfer to a new university?<br>
And do universities, in general, accept students of other education systems from year 2+?<br>

The target country is Qatar, I've seen that there are branches of American universities there like Texas A&M and Carnegie Mellon, does anyone have an idea if they provide the same quality of education offered at the main campus?

In the institution I'm currently in, we do two years of "prépa" followed by 3 years of "cycle ingénieur" which is a postgraduate degree in engineering, but when I checked the curriculum of T A&M and C Mellon they're offering 4 years of B.Sc (in the field I'm interested in), is that equivalent to the "cycle ingénieur"?
 
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Can I ask how old you are?

I'm familiar with British universities. They normally take students at age 18 and they graduate with a BSc after 3 years or an MEng after 4 years. Either will get you a good job/career in engineering. Some people go on to do an MSc or Phd but that not essential, unless you want a career in academia.

Most countries consider you to be an adult at age 18 so it wouldn't normally be necessary to emigrate with your parents once you have started a course at a British University.

So my guess is you are 16-17?
 
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Can I ask how old you are?

I'm familiar with British universities. They normally take students at age 18 and they graduate with a BSc after 3 years or an MEng after 4 years. Either will get you a good job/career in engineering. Some people go on to do an MSc or Phd but that not essential, unless you want a career in academia.

Most countries consider you to be an adult at age 18 so it wouldn't normally be necessary to emigrate with your parents once you have started a course at a British University.

So my guess is you are 16-17?
Thank you for your answer!
I'm 19, moving with the mother, job stuff, edited the post.
 
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I can understand why your mother is moving for work reasons but why do you have to go as well? Most people at British Universities live independent lives to their parents. I left home age 18 when I went away to university.
 
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I can understand why your mother is moving for work reasons but why do you have to go as well? Most people at British Universities live independent lives to their parents. I left home age 18 when I went away to university.
Can't let her live alone ^^'
 
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OK.

At 19 you would normally be 1 year into a British university degree course. Some British universities run nonspecialist first year courses. For example in engineering they cover the maths, physics and perhaps chemistry needed for all of their engineering degrees. Then in the second year you can choose which branch of engineering (major in the USA) you are interested in. I think many other non engineering courses are similar.

So I think you would need to contact a target university, explain your situation and ask about the possibility of entry into the second year. Find out what information they require your current university to provide.
 
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OK.

At 19 you would normally be 1 year into a British university degree course. Some British universities run nonspecialist first year courses. For example in engineering they cover the maths, physics and perhaps chemistry needed for all of their engineering degrees. Then in the second year you can choose which branch of engineering (major in the USA) you are interested in. I think many other non engineering courses are similar.

So I think you would need to contact a target university, explain your situation and ask about the possibility of entry into the second year. Find out what information they require your current university to provide.
Bless you!
 

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