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Aristotle Panepistimio Thessalonikis

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Laura
Universitatea din Oradea, Oradea, Romania
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Aristotle Panepistimio Thessalonikis
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Going as an Erasmus student in Greece was challenging mostly from the language point of view. I took a two week intensive language course that helped me to acquire some basic Greek and to learn how to read and write. It was not
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Laura
Universitatea din Oradea, Oradea, Romania
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Aristotle Panepistimio Thessalonikis
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I spent more than in my home country because most of the prices were higher than back home and also because being in a new place I was tempted to travel much more, to go out more often than I use to in my home country and none the less to make more international calls.
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Food, Overall, Travel, Nightlife, Telephone, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
If you want to avoid bad surprises in Greece try to find housing with the expenses included. I received a huge electricity bill and is good to know that the bills for electricity in Greece come for a few months. This can me quite challenging if your entire staying is for a few months... make sure you don't have to pay for the people that were there before you. Internet is expensive and I don't recommend you to make a contract with a phone company it will cost a lot!
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Laura
Universitatea din Oradea, Oradea, Romania
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Aristotle Panepistimio Thessalonikis
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I studied at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and one of the facts I liked about it was that I had the chance to participate to a number of projects like simulations of different TV shows...so my advice is ...Get involved! Is fun!
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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
I guess the key is curiosity...never stop searching, get informed and learn by yourself! Be eager to acquire new skills and don't be afraid of something new and challenging!
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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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Laura
Universitatea din Oradea, Oradea, Romania
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Aristotle Panepistimio Thessalonikis
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Perhaps to save more money for traveling!
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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
3
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Overall it was great and there are not too many things to mention here, maybe just to take it easier with the strikes and improve the working schedule.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Well there would be tons of useful tips, but I will choose some of them. I believe you will have a better experience if you stay in the dorms. Even is not exactly luxury you will have the time of your life and interact with more students and avoid huge bills. Travel as much as you can and use your student passo, it will give you price reductions and low fares for transportation and none the less free entrance to museums. Buy a Greek phone card with number it will be better than roaming! Take a language course if is offered by the university it will be helpful trust me! Get involved in university projects and interact with locals. Don’t eat at Mc and try the local food is simply tasty and nothing compares with a nice lunch in a Greek taverna! Try the dairy products! Watch yourself on the street what they say about the Greek drivers is not a cliché! Take it easy with drinking frappe becomes addictive. Be opened and ready to face new situations every day! Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of strikes! Always think of a plan B!
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Laura
Universitatea din Oradea, Oradea, Romania
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Aristotle Panepistimio Thessalonikis
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities, Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Thessaloniki is a very lively city therefore there are a lot of places to go. If you are a fan of Latin music or you just want to take some salsa lessons...
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Laura
Universitatea din Oradea, Oradea, Romania
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Aristotle Panepistimio Thessalonikis
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Because you interact with more international students and you really get to experience the real student life, not to mention that you can intergrate easier in your new reality.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
As far as I seen from the colleagues that chose to live in the dormitory the conditions were far from perfect. They were complaining about the small space, not so modern appliances, poor wireless signal and strict rules concerning guests. But on the other hand the location of the dormitory was in the main campus and nothing compares with sharing your Erasmus experience with a lot of other students coming from all across Europe and bonding with them. My choice was a private flat...the rent was cheaper, but with all the other expenses it proved to be way more expensive at the end. The advantage was a little more privacy and the lack of rules concerning guest and
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