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Université Paul Valéry: Montpellier III

Université Paul Valéry: Montpellier III, Route de Mende 34199, Montpellier Cedex 5, France
3.98 / 5 based on 90 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
83% of students recommend
90 reviews
Housing
4.0/5
All experiences (90)
Student life
4.7/5
5 stars (12)
Academic
3.5/5
4 stars (66)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (12)
Expenses
3.4/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
Ryanair fly Stansted-Montpellier direct very cheaply. You can also go Ryanair from Frankfurt... If not, French trains are pretty cheap for the under 25s... Read Review
BennieT123, United Kingdom

90 reviews of Université Paul Valéry: Montpellier III

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HOUSING    
by jo, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Literature, 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? I like to have my freedom. I like to live somewhere that I have chosen. It's certainly easier to pick university accomodation - and can be a useful way of meeting people but in Montpellier I wanted to be in the centre and I already knew some people from my home University there so wasn't too worried about friends. I wouldn't rent off the same person as she wasn't very pleasant, though.
Personal comments:
I saw where some of my friends were staying in student accomodation. It was just a small room. Nothing special. There were restaurants on site. I don't think student accomodation in France is as 'user-friendly' as in the UK mainly because many French students go home at the weekend. Apparently the heating in the halls was turned off at the weekend.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by jo, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Literature, 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, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Montpellier is just one big student party. Drinks on the terraces especially in place Jean Jaures were usually a precursor to going out. We'd usually go to the clubs open into the small hours a little outside of town, either with friends, taxis or hitching. The clubs all used to be free so it didn't get too expensive. I think that has changed now. In town we'd go to Le Fizz- a tiny place that always amused us. I think that we just had a great time because that's what we wanted although I think it would be hard not to have fun in Montpellier. Fete de la Musique june 21, beaujolias nouveau night the last Thursday in November, Bastille day 14 July are all great national parties. In MOntpellier there is also a dance and an arts festival. Operas and Ballet can be seen at the Opera building. Sitting out on the Place de la Comedie is great for daytime drinks and the compulsory people watching. The square behind the post office building and the other little one behind the inside market building are good little finds too,
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ACADEMIC    
by jo, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Literature, University Agreement
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:
I had to do English Literature as it was part of my course in Edinburgh. It was ok although a slower pace than what we'd been doing in the UK. Some of the teaching was based on class quizzes which seemed a little juvenile. We also did translation classes which were good.



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 think it can be quite hard for the local students to mix with you. Although one problem with the nature of what I was studying was that the FRench students studying English all wanted to practise their English so it was hard to practise my French. I did however make lots of French friends but outside of the University and I still visitthem.

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by jo, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Literature, 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: 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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
Nothing can beat living in a place for learning a language. I was lucky to make French friends - I think often the foreign international students naturally have more in common with each other than the locals and don't get to practice the local language or another language if you are English.
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EXPENSES    
by Christopher, Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States
Language, 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:
I worked as an English assistant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
I saved some money to spend while I was abroad. I wanted to have fun, so I spent more than I normally would if I was home. I would say that cost of living in France is comparable to the cost in the US. Except for the nightlife, which can be really expensive in France.
Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Food: was the same price as at home.
Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
none
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OVERALL    
by BennieT123, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Language, Erasmus
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 French university system is quite different from the English one... Getting a job in Montpellier is very difficult.
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:
The university is one of the worst in France. The social life in Montpellier however is superb...



FINAL COMMENTS

Ryanair fly Stansted-Montpellier direct very cheaply. You can also go Ryanair from Frankfurt... If not, French trains are pretty cheap for the under 25s...
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