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École Polytechnique

41 reviews
4.56 / 5 based on 41 reviews
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Matthias H
ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
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Nightlife, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Housing, Overall:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
All textbooks are provided free of charge
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Matthias H
ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
Math and physics classes are quite formal and hard
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Matthias H
ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
no
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
1
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Amazing atmosphere, high level classes but still not too much stress. Take classes and take profit of internships that are organized for you by the unversity rather than working in a lab there
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
if you can bring a car. don't apply unless you have a good scientific level. Polytechnique only accepts the top 2% of French students and you should have a similar level. If you go there don't take too many classes and projects but also leave some time to take profit of the sport and other activities avaivable and to meet the other students go to Paris etc.
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Matthias H
ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
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
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
one learns French quite fast
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Matthias H
ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Appartment in Paris would be cool but takes time to travel every day and is VERY expensive. On campus one gets to know more people.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Not too good like all other French dorms
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Matthias H
ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Campus Bar, Open Bar parties (free drinks) -> Nuit du Styx, Point Gamma. Bal de l'X (at Opera Garnier) or Maison de l'X for a bit more formal occasions and of course going to Paris
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