# Courses What's the most appropriate path?

1. Dec 9, 2016

### HyperTechno

I'm a student, who's entering the higher education. I'm interested on Software Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
I have two opportunities, in selecting a University to secure one of the above degrees.
One is a local university, that offers 4 year degree programs related to above subjects. It's Software engineering degree program is Accredited by IET UK. How ever, the global rank of that university is "6977",which is not so impressive. But the advantage is that I can afford the entire 4 year software engineering course ($10000) without doing any part time work. So that I can use most of my time for my studies. Other is, traveling abroad (in my case Japan) for my higher education. There I get the chance to learn from well recognised universities that are ranked much higher than the previously stated local university. But then, I can only afford the initial costs. I definitely have to do a part time job to pay for the tuition, exams, books, living and my other general needs. Which means the amount of time I get to allocate for my studies is lower. But because of the higher standard of the Japanese education, I lean towards it. Can anyone give me an advice on this matter? What's the most appropriate path for me? Please help! Thanks a lot for even taking your time for reading this. P.S. - If I enter the local university, I'll most probably be doing software engineering, but if I enter a Japanese university, I'd be willing to do electrical or electronic engineering. 2. Dec 9, 2016 ### berkeman ### Staff: Mentor How much exposure have you had to CS versus EE? Do either of your university choices allow you to take 2 years of courses in both before you declare your final major? That can be a big advantage if you aren't sure which route you want to to. And as for "prestige" in a university choice, I personally wouldn't worry too much about that. As a person who interviews and hires EEs and CS majors, I look much more at how they have done in school, and what projects they have worked on, and what their work experience is like. 3. Dec 9, 2016 ### HyperTechno I'm sorry. Can you please explain this a bit? I don't get it. Did you refer "CS" to Computer Science and "EE" for Electrical Engineering? 4. Dec 9, 2016 ### berkeman ### Staff: Mentor Yes, sorry for the confusion. By CS I mean software engineering / computer science, and EE is hardware electrical engineering. When I first went to university, I was planning on double-majoring in EE and ME (mechanical engineering), but I learned in the first year or so that I enjoyed EE and CS more than ME, and ended up declaring in a combined EE/CS program. If I'd had to pick before taking some university classes, I could have ended up in a major that I didn't really enjoy as much as the one I was able to finally declare for. That's a big advantage, IMO -- being able to take a year or two of general engineering & physics classes before you have to make your decision and declare your major. 5. Dec 10, 2016 ### HyperTechno Understand, but I need an advice on the path that I should choose. As I've stated previously, I like electrical engineering as well as software engineering, I've 2 choices, the local university or a Japanese university. The local university offers 4 year courses for Electrical engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, under their engineering faculty and 4 year courses for Information Technology, specializing in Software Engineering, Computer systems and network engineering & Information systems engineering under their school of computing.http://computing.sliit.lk/courses/ All these courses (under the school of computing) are accredited by IET UK. https://www.google.lk/url?sa=t&sour...Xjiw0C32wRz6jkHfw&sig2=yhBNg6oLdLpAWvQU7smbcw None of the engineering courses(under the engineering faculty) are accredited by any kind of international institution. That's why I'm interested on the software engineering program, because this institute holds the global rank of 6977, which isn't impressive. But the advantage is that I can afford the entire 4 year software engineering course ($ 10000) without doing any part time work. So that I can use most of my time for my studies.

Other is, traveling abroad (in my case Japan) for my higher education. There I get the chance to learn from well recognised universities that are ranked much higher than the previously stated local university.
But then, I can only afford the initial costs. I definitely have to do a part time job to pay for the tuition, exams, books, living and my other general needs. Which means the amount oftime I get to allocate for my studies is lower.
But because of the higher standard of theJapanese education, I lean towards it.

I want an advice in selecting the most appropriate path for my higher education, cuz this is one of the most important choices I've got to make that affects my future. Im sorry for writing too much like this, sorry for any inconveniences. But please help me.

Last edited: Dec 10, 2016