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4.14 / 5 based on 58 reviews
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Bexdale
University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Business Studies, 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
Living and studying in France meant that I had to improve. You can't avoid it as everyday is spent with French people, taking part in French lessons, even just everyday things like going to the supermarket help to improve language skills.
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Bexdale
University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Obviously international calls are more expensive so I spent more on those in order to keep in touch with friends and family. Accomodation rates are a lot cheaper here than at home.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Food, Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Housing, Travel:
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
The French government's benefit scheme which allows students to get a rent rebate each month is a definite bonus!
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Bexdale
University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
It is more like school than university, and it's not advisable to miss any classes as the exams at the end are based almost solely on work done in class.
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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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Bexdale
University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish that I'd reallised how easy it would be to settle in and find accomodation etc It would have saved a lot of worrying beforehand!
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
The main thing is to realise that the ESC really is more like a school than a university in the english sense. You spend most days in school and are expected to attend all your classes.
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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
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
2
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Make the most of the sun when it shines here! During the spring and summer months it is great to go down to the beach, sit in one of the little bars that open up there and watch the world go by (if it's not raining that is!!)
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Bexdale
University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The school soirées are always a good night. They are cheap and offer the chance to meet the other students.
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Bexdale
University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
You have more independence in your own flat, plus there isn't really any other choice here.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
It's a bit different to university life in england as they haven't got any accomodation of they're own except a couple of rooms for visitors. But there is plenty of accomodation in the town, and the prices aren't too high.
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