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UniversitÚ Charles de Gaulle - Lille 3

UniversitÚ Charles de Gaulle Lille 3, Service des Relations Internationales, B.P. 149, 59653 Villeneuve d'ascq, France
3.83 / 5 based on 72 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
78% of students recommend
72 reviews
Housing
3.8/5
All experiences (72)
Student life
3.8/5
5 stars (12)
Academic
3.5/5
4 stars (36)
Languages
4.2/5
3 stars (18)
Expenses
3.6/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
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UniversitÚ Charles de Gaulle - Lille 3 review by Sara

Review by Sara, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Literature, Erasmus
HOUSING    
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: C.R.O.U.S.
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? more quiet and no bugs/ cog roaches
Personal comments:
lots of international students and French speaking Africans, very mixed cultural backgrounds. Rooms were small (9 square meters) and had no kitchen (no fridge) or toilet. Toilets and showers were shared and well maintained, relatively clean. Supermarket on 5 min. walk. University not far away either (10 min. bike). Subway station very nearby. Some rooms (including mine) had nasty cog roaches.
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STUDENT LIFE    
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, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Festivals: La Louche d'Or (Wazemmes street festival) La fete de la musique (forgot which day/night it was) l'┴Úronef (rock concerts) I went to see the White Stripes there when they were just getting known in Europe; cost me about 15 euros
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ACADEMIC       3.5 / 5
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:



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:
none

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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: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my French
How much did you improve your French?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
All courses were in French, you really have to have a good level in French (I studied french language and literature so it's only fair!)
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EXPENSES    
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:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
The rent was very low because of the State's financial support At home I travelled free with my student travelling card, but in France you have to pay. On the other hand,I received a monthly warrant for not travelling at home (I requested that before I parted).
Travel: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
You have to open a French bank account in order to receive financial support
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OVERALL    
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...
the cog roaches!
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



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:
Try to get in touch with as much local French students as you can! They're friendly but not always keen on temporary friendships.



FINAL COMMENTS

Paris is only 1 hour o so away (by train)
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