Hello there! I live in Austria (but am American) and have applied to do a PGCE in the UK. When I started the application process I assumed I'd be able to (or have to) visit the universities for interviews, and then would be able to get a sense of the place, the staff, and fellow students, and get some advice in person. But then COVID-19 came along, and now I'm in the position of having to make a decision without any real sense of each place. Maybe someone here can help? Here's my situation - My family and I (husband, two kids) may relocate to the UK in the next couple of years, but that's up in the air now. (If we don't end up relocating, a PGCE will enable me to get a job in an international school in Austria, plus it's accepted in the USA, should we ever move back there. I want QTS, so a PGCEi is not the route I'm going to take). If we move to the UK it's more likely that we'd settle in Wales or Scotland than in England, but we really don't know yet. (Doing teacher training here in Austria is not an option.) At this point, I have unconditional offers for the PGCE Primary at Aberystwyth University and for the University of Nottingham School Direct with PGCE program (with Transform Teaching School Alliance), both with a 3-11 age range. At Aberystwyth I'd have two primary school placements (10 weeks, 9 weeks) and a 4-week secondary school placement, which seems like a super interesting perk. At Nottingham I'd be in the same school for the entire school year, except for 5 weeks at a second placement (both primary age range). I had a good feeling during both interviews, though the Nottingham one was vastly more in-depth and lengthy. (Also, although there's a chance we'd end up in semi-rural Wales, I have a very very hard time seeing us ending up near Nottingham - so local connections I'd make through the SD program there probably won't help in the long run, in terms of a future job.) I was late with my application and missed the deadline for a Scottish PGDE. I did end up applying (at the beginning of March) to the University of West Scotland and Univ. of the Highlands and Islands because they seemed to be the only ones still accepting applications, but have not heard anything back from either of them. My questions: - Generally speaking, I see that Aberystwyth is lower on the league tables than Nottingham, but still seems quite decent. Does anyone have experience with initial teacher training at either of these universities? Can anyone speak to the reputation of these universities for teacher training? - How is mid-Wales in terms of accepting foreigners? Any idea how it might be there for me as an American? - If we end up in Scotland, would it be better to have trained in England or Wales? Or does it not matter? Or does the university itself matter more than the country? - Does the prestige or "name value" of the university where you got your PGCE matter in an international setting? Is a PGCE from a Welsh university as widely accepted one from an English one? - Does anyone have experience with teacher training at UWS or UHI in Scotland? I can't find UHI on the league tables at all and UWS seems to have some fairly bad reviews, and is low on the tables in general.... Also, is it normal that I haven't heard anything yet, since I applied so late? Thanks so much for reading all this and for any thoughts or hints you have to offer!