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Ecole Centrale Paris

41 reviews
4.26 / 5 based on 41 reviews
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Alberto R
Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Engineering, Undergraduate, TIME
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: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
All the lectures were given in French and picking it fast was a key not to have problems in courses. Slang was a bit difficult to understand at first but I picked it up fast without even realizing it through e-mail reading/contact with French students.
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Alberto R
Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Engineering, Undergraduate, TIME
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
I spent more in housing because I live with my parents in my home country. In general things are quite expensive in Paris but one can learn where to find goods at good prices. Telephone is expensive too but not for me because I often use Internet to make calls
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Overall, Nightlife, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
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
One is forced to pay for the text books, provided by the university. Making copies is quite difficult and expensive on Campus
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Alberto R
Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Engineering, Undergraduate, TIME
Academic
Course recommendations
Try to take advantage of the experience of older international students.
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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
bring more experienced teachers and improve the academic resources
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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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Alberto R
Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Engineering, Undergraduate, TIME
Overall
I wish I had known...
more experiences from other international students who had previously come to this university
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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
1
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
watch out for courses and keep the effort constant. It's very easy to get distracted with external activities. You'll have an amazing social experience.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Contact other students from your home country who had studied in this university and do not hesitate to ask for advice. It's very important.
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Alberto R
Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Engineering, Undergraduate, TIME
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Parties organized by the students association and the great variety of clubs present at the university.The Latin quartier in Paris deserves to be visited at night.
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Alberto R
Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Engineering, Undergraduate, TIME
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
I don't have to spend time in transports to go to lectures.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The rooms are a bit small but I live close to all my friends so I'm happy with it.Although we are 24 people on a floor and the kitchen is quite small, we manage to share the cookers well
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