I've been thinking for a long time to study sound engineering and lately considered
saving money and apply outside my country(Israel).
I checked out the SAE and LIPA websites and thinking currently towards SAE since
I dont have the experience LIPA demands.
Note: There's not a certain country I have to study in, I currently think towards australia since there's a big SAE center there and living costs there are lower than UK or US,
but it could be any country where english is the spoken language.
I've read about some people here from different countries saying SAE doesnt worth the money, read a few posts from US guys who thinks exactly the opposite, so for the sake of convenience I'll sum this post with 2 main questions:
1. Which college for audio engineering would you recommend?
* Note: I'm coming from overseas, I'd like it to be a big place with alot of people
to interact and have support for international students, so your small local college might not be the best for me, try to think from an angle of someone who's coming to study in a foreign country.
2. From your experience and knowledge, is it hard to get an internship after you graduated from a place like this? I'm going to invest alot there financially and I'm leaving my country and friends and home so sure I'll put my best on studies there, question is, how does students that graduate there get along with the industry?
I studied at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. They don't technically have a 4 year degree for recording, but they have it as a minor. I also later learned in my second year that they have a program to "make" your own major (basically take a bunch of classes you wanna take, throw them together, and then you got yourself a major. I've heard that a lot of college actually do this, usually called something like Individualized Planned Program), so that's what I did, which allowed me to learn some business, physics, and engineering courses in an attempt to make myself more well rounded. However, the biggest edge I had was that, while attending school, I worked with the Recording Services on campus. Through them, I attained so much extra experience learning things like live sound, advanced editing in Pro Tools, transferring audio between different forms of media, and making my own cables. Plus, I had full, free access to the recording studio whenever I wanted. And now, I'm in Los Angeles, working with a guy who worked at the same Recording Services 4 years before me, all because we have that shared connection. My point here is this: see if you can find a school that has some sort of student-employed service like that. The amount of extra experience you can gain is invaluable.
Good luck man. Hope everything goes well