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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)
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!! Read Review
pbourandy, France

University of Florida review by pbourandy

Review by pbourandy, IAE Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
Marketing and Sales Management, 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: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I liked to be in an apartment with foreign roommates. we were living in an apartments/townhouse complex where a lot of students from all aver the world were there. So I met all kind of people and by this way, I had a lot of friends!
Personal comments:
the apartment was nice. I lived with 3 other roommates. The apartment was a little bit too small specially our room. And it was quite expansive: $435/ month (because we stayed 4 months). But we had housekeepers every week,a laundy room, it was close to the university, and i met alot of people. I dont regret.
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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: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal comments:
A lot of night spots!! But my favorite was the "Twylow" on friday night (latin night). Otherwise, there is a lot to do but there is too much hip-hop and RNB clubs for me... Gainesville is a university town wtih a good nightlife, a lot of activities within the university: cinema, theater, sports... There is a lot of buses until 3 am (university/ downtown). All is very well organized! But there is not a lot to visit... If you want to travel, there is Orlando, St Augustin quite closed to Gainesville. Or there is a special bus for the weekend that goes from Gainesville to Miami, so you can spend the WE there. It is cheap and quicker than the Greyhound!
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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:
Concerning the graduate course, choose in advance if you want to have the choice. The course are very good and there is a lot of work!! But it worth it! The professors are very accessible and ready to help you specially if you are a foreigner. There are goods libraries and cmputer labs opened all night!



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:
Concerning the graduate courses, it would be better if there were more schedules.

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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: 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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
At the beginning, it was a little bit hard, specially during courses because the vocabulary is more specialised and people speack fast and interact eachother. But the oral comprehension improved very quickly and at the end of the semester, i saw a big improvement in the langage. Now, I am fluent in english!
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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:
Other
Other sources of funding:
bank
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
In general I spend more money there because, first, the currency is stronger and life is more expensive there than in France. As I was a foreign student, I wanted to know better my host country. So, with other friends, we travelled a lot around Florida principally but also in New Orleans, and California.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
There is alot of cheap stores for food, clothes like "Savealot", "ROSS"... and the best is cooking at home instead of spending alot in fastfoods! It is healthier and a lot cheaper!! and it is easy specially if you live near the university.
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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 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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