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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PDI)

, Troy, United States
3.87 / 5 based on 162 reviews.

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77% of students recommend
162 reviews
Housing
3.6/5
All experiences (162)
Student life
3.5/5
5 stars (36)
Academic
4.4/5
4 stars (66)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (60)
Expenses
3.6/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.2/5
1 star (0)
I am glad I did participate in the exchange program. It is a great experience, but if I was to do it again I would choose a different university in a different city, mostly because of the social life on campus. However, If you have decided to come to RPI, I would recommend to go to Lake George and to Montreal, Canada. This is great places to go for weekends to party and outdoor activities such as white water rafting, jet skiing and kajaking. Read Review
cdorum, Norway

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HOUSING    
by mvoeten, Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Dorm room were really small and expensive. Off campus housing, on the other hand, was relatively cheap and the offered apartments were all pretty large.
Personal comments:
As I mentioned already, the dorm rooms were too small and too expensive, but they had cable internet for free.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by mvoeten, Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
There are a lot of bars in Troy, but many have a bad reputation. Most RPI students went to 'the Ruck', which was a nice spacy bar. If your in the mood to go to a real club, you need to go to Albany, since there are no real clubs in Troy. Furthermore, you should go to some fraternity parties to experience the real american college life. Finally, if you are in the States with spring break, you need to go to either Mexico or Florida; it's quite an experience!
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ACADEMIC    
by Christian, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Financial Management, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
As a finance marketing student I felt that Investments 1 with Prof Murtugh was a very good course. He is a exellent professor and the course is educational and real life related.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
I would try to coordinate the courses alittle bit better, specially with the projects. I felt like all the projects were due on the same date. This could have been better if only the professors communicated little bit more than they seem to do.

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by mvoeten, Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, University Agreement
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
My English was already quite good. Although I learned more slang than I knew before. I had no problems communicating with people, although they always asked me where I was from, because of my accent.
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EXPENSES    
by Christian, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Financial Management, Independent
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
I found food to be less expensive here than home, that is the main reason for spending less on that. The telephone system in the US is a pain. The fact that you have to pay even though somebody is calling you is enoying and stupid. Drinks are cheaper here than home. It is more expensive to travel in Australia and I feel that it is more to see there than in the US.
Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
none
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OVERALL    
by mvoeten, Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Some people who would sell their car cheaply to me.
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
If you have a strong, open personality, you will have a good time. Since there are not many exchange students, not many special activities are organised for them; You will have to contact people yourself. Furthermore, if you only want to live in a big city than Troy is not the right place for you. If you like playing sports, RPI is the right place, since sport facilities are outstanding. Finally, if you really hate cold weather, you can better go somewhere else. In the winter it can be pretty cold.



FINAL COMMENTS

Travel tips: New york city (2.5 hours by car) Boston(3 hours by car) Washington (7 hours by car) Adirondack mountains ;lake placid and lake george (1 hour by car) Canada: Montreal (3 hourst by car) Toronto (7 hours by car) Niagara Falls (5 hours by car) Spring break: Florida (key west/daytona beach, fort Lauderdale or Miami) If you get the chance take a cheap plane to the west coast, at check out the tourist sites over there!
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