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Université de Haute-Bretagne (Rennes II)

Université de Haute-Bretagne (Rennes II), Bâtiment La Présidence - niveau 4, 6, avenue Gaston Berge, 35043 Rennes, France
4.07 / 5 based on 84 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
81% of students recommend
84 reviews
Housing
3.9/5
All experiences (84)
Student life
4.3/5
5 stars (24)
Academic
3.9/5
4 stars (54)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (6)
Expenses
3.8/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
Speak as much French as possible! Don't feel pressured to travel outside of France (or even Bretagne). There's plenty to see that's close by. Read Review
zperry, Canada

Université de Haute-Bretagne (Rennes II) review by Zoe

Review by Zoe, Guilford College, Greensboro, United States
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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: With a family
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I absolutely loved my family, but I would try an apartment if I went again since I now know the city and have friends there.
Personal comments:
Accomodation was through Council, not my college or Rennes II
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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
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Travelling Film Festival in spring, "rue de la soif" aka rue St-Michel, Fest-Noz
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ACADEMIC       3.0 / 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:
We were inegrated into the CIREFE program, which offers French courses to foreign students. If your level was advanced you could take regular university classes, but that was not made very clear.



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:
It's different, but get used to it. It is better to be pass/fail, I think, than having grades transfer, since there is no allowance for cultural adjustment

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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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
Living with a family definitely helps. I spoke more English than I probably should have (just because Rennes is a rather forgotten city in terms of study abroad doesn't mean that you're the only English speaker there).
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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:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
I spent way more on travel than I needed to because of some problems I had with visas.
Travel, Nightlife: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
none
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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...
I wish I had known a bit more about Bretagne as a region. It's not really your typical image of France, but it's wonderful!
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:
It's a great university with a lot to offer (if you look for it)



FINAL COMMENTS

Speak as much French as possible! Don't feel pressured to travel outside of France (or even Bretagne). There's plenty to see that's close by.
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