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European School of Economics, Milan (ESE)

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3.66 / 5 based on 49 reviews
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Jaarod
HES Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent agreements between HES Amsterdam and other Unive
European School of Economics, Milan
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Italians are, when able to, not very at ease when speaking English. My advise is learn some basics and the rest you will pick up when you're there.
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Jaarod
HES Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent agreements between HES Amsterdam and other Unive
European School of Economics, Milan
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Milan is expensive with a capital E!
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Overall, Housing, Travel, Nightlife, Telephone, Food:
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
Stay out of the central part of town if you don't want to spent loads of money. The southern (Navigli) and northern (Brera) parts of town are cheaper and much more 'real' Italian.
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Jaarod
HES Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent agreements between HES Amsterdam and other Unive
European School of Economics, Milan
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Take the few English courses available and ask for the MBA courses.
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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
Some more involvement with exchange students. Accent is very much on local students.
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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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Jaarod
HES Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent agreements between HES Amsterdam and other Unive
European School of Economics, Milan
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Besides the MBA courses, I wish the level of the lectures had been a bit higher. I heard a lot of the material covered for the second time.
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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
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Organise some more school activities in order to generate a feeling of connection to that school. A large part of the things I did in Milan and the reat of Italy, I organised with my friends from campus or alone. Unfortunately there is not really a connection with Uni.
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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
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Do some travelling, Sicily in specific. If you want, you can find a lot of international students in Milan. If, however, you want to improve your language skills and take dive into the real Italian way of living, I suggest you hook up with Italians. Get over that treshold of speaking Italian, we all make mistakes and it doesn't matter.
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Jaarod
HES Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent agreements between HES Amsterdam and other Unive
European School of Economics, Milan
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel, Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Wednesday evening is international students evening in the 'Old Fashion cafe' in Parco Sempione. Int. students free entrance, good music, expensive drinks, but hey, that is Milan!
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Jaarod
HES Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent agreements between HES Amsterdam and other Unive
European School of Economics, Milan
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Residence of other University
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
In two weeks I got to know about 70 people and with no background in the language of the country I went to, my language skills improved quickly by simply having to talk the language.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
People were well willing to help me finding an appartment, though the campus I live on now, I found by own effort.
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