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University of Florida (UF)

University of Florida, Office for International Studies and Programs, 123 Grinter Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611, U.S.A., United States
3.96 / 5 based on 114 reviews.
Description:
The University of Florida, located in Gainesville, attracts students from every state in the U.S. and most foreign countries. As a research institution, UF is considered one of America's great educational leaders and is one of the best college buys in the country.


Programmes
Accreditations
87% of students recommend
114 reviews
Housing
3.9/5
All experiences (114)
Student life
4.1/5
5 stars (48)
Academic
4.1/5
4 stars (42)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (18)
Expenses
3.3/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
I had the best time of my life. If you ever get the chance to go, do it!! And don't worry about the money too much. The US is expensive, but you can better enjoy the money you spend than think about it all day. Travel tip: Miami!! And of course Orlando with all its parks. Read Review
mariekerodenhuis, Netherlands

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HOUSING    
by Marieke, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, bilateral agreement between UF and RUG
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 - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? i had very good expereinces living in an appartment. On my university only freshman lived on campus. Being in an appartment building helped me get in touch with other students
Personal comments:
compared to what I pay in the Netherlands, it was really expensive. But the location, the big pool in the courtyard, the good atmosphere and friendly management made up for all that.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Marieke, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, bilateral agreement between UF and RUG
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
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
I had lots of fun at the latin bar Rythym, but actually all the bars were great. Of course you can't miss Sarbucks, or the Java Hut on University for a good coffee. The best lunchplace was Cafe Gardens, also on University av. Besides that you can't miss the Gators if they play a home game. A nice place to relax and hang out with colleuague students is Lake Alice. You can also spot gators from your canoe or Kayak.
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ACADEMIC    
by Marieke, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, bilateral agreement between UF and RUG
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:
No, I think they were organsed ina good way and the content was ok too



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:
In the beginning I would have liked something organised for all international students. I had to find out for myself. This was also ok, but it is lways nice if the host university organises something for their guest students.

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by Cyril, ESC CÚram Euro American Institute of Technology, Sophia Antipolis, France
Business Studies, Independent
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?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
Overall, interacting with local students throughout social activities (sports, associations, class projects, friends...) helped me the most in becoming fluent and in leraning the culture. I think socialing with local students is equally important to studying well in class.
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EXPENSES    
by Marieke, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, bilateral agreement between UF and RUG
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:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
Government assistance
grant from the university fund
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
What costs a guider in Holland, was about a dollar in the US. And a doller was 2,5 guilders at the time I was there. On the phone I spent less because local calls were free and because people from abroa called me.
Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Yes, I had to book a new ticket home for $700!!!!! But this was partly my own fault. Cost saving tips: rent a house with people you know instead of a private lease. Buy a car together with friends. Don't go out for dinner too much! If you want to eat good food, that is really expensive. Get used to staying in one club a night instead of the (in Holland more popular) club-hopping.
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OVERALL    
by pbourandy, IAE Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
Marketing and Sales Management, 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...
I would have known the books' prices!! it is incredibly expensive!
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



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:
This is a very good university with a good quality of courses and a lot of activities in the student life. It is better to have a car to travel.



FINAL COMMENTS

To travel in the state, it is better to rent a car (if you don't have one). Otherwise, there is a travel agency in the university where you can have good price for flight tickets... Gainesville is well located bacause you can esely go to Miami and south Florida, to Louisiana... A good tip: in January, the weather is not as warm as in Miami!! So don't forget warm clothes!!
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