I was trying to research some things..and found that having an A.A degree probably won't do much for me, as far as transferring the credits over to a UK University. I believe they will accept a Bachelor's degree. Can anyone confirm this for me? Do UK universities accept a 4 year US degree? Can I use that degree to apply for a master's program?
I'm sure most U.K. universities will accept a 4-year degree from the US, there are many international students study there for their masters.
I know you and I are both in the same situation in terms of moving to the UK. I've been doing a lot of researching in terms of the quality of life in England and it seems like it's not all that it is hyped up to be, unfortunately. Housing is ridiculously expensive (London is the biggest and most expensive European city to live in, and one of the top 10 most expensive in the world), houses are cramped, and most people don't have much disposable income because their wages are heavily taxed.
It's a big stereotype, but it seems like the attitude there on life is to learn to live with very little. Whereas in the US, people have an aspiration to work hard and increase their standard of living (big house + nice cars) + lots of disposable income.
You could easily fix your situation if you're just a visa overstay and get married to a US citizen, it only takes 3 months to get your green card.
I do have to say though that there are some Americans that love life in London/England. Check out some American expat forums to see what others have to say.
To give you another perspective about living in England: the British enjoy lots of vacation time! I believe they get like almost 30 days worth of paid vacation time a year, plus England's location makes in convenient to access the rest of Europe and the world. You could easily travel to Paris or Germany for the weekend if you wanted to. Also, London will be hosting the 2012 Olympics, that usually brings a huge impact to the host city so it'll be interesting to see what it does for the country.
UK universities do accept a 4 year degree from the U.S. I applied to see what would happen (applications are free) and I received an unconditional offer from the Uni. of Manchester and Conditional offer from Uni. College of London.
mnrunner is right about the crazy taxing in england, not to mention the international tuition rate over there is through the roof. But the educational system is pretty up to par. I can't lean one way or another towards it
I've been researching that as well. I'm currently in the middle of my bachelors degree and have about a year and a half left. I emailed a few universities about transferring my credits and they told me to obtain my transcript and once they look at the type of courses I've taken they will determine if its compatible with what they are offering at their school and let me know if I could be admitted to finish up my degree there. I don't know though if its better to finish my degree here and move or move soon and finish it up there. I'm sick and tired of my situation. I feel like I'm going no where while everyone is out living their lives. No one besides people on this forum can relate to what I'm dealing with. I feel like I need to take action but I'm not sure if I should just finish my degree here or move as soon as possible.