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FH Pforzheim - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft

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chau p
The Hague University, The Hague, Netherlands
Business Studies, 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
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The FH Pforzheim's student organisation did much better job than the one in Haagse Hogeschool. I used to participate once in International Business Management Study party, but I did not enjoy it much. Each student only pay 5 euro ( a good price for student)and the location is nice also (they rent a bar located in the centre to organise the party). Everything seems nice. Nevertheless, the space of the bar is too narrow for 100 students, and we really needed an air conditioner, although the snow was falling down outside at that time. Comparing to IBMS student organisation, USTA organisation of FH Pforzheim is much better. They negotiate with the restaurants, bars, cafe in Pforzheim to reduce the price for the student. One of my favorite bar here is Irish Pub. They organised a special night on every Wednesday. On every Wednesday, they do not arrange the table like they did as usual. All of the tables will be gone and the bar becomes bigger. Furthermore, everybody can choose a song to sing. Perhaps, I like this bar because they have Karaoke! But the air there is really friendly and that is the only place where I can meet many international student and foreigners. If you know the Horoscope of Vietnamese, I was born in PIG year. A pig stands for eating and sleeping. I therefore prefer to eat and look for a new food. Mostly, I came to Asian restaurant and Hong Kong is my favorite restaurant. It is also very popular to most of the German in Pforzheim because it serves a comparable price and dilicious meal. Cafe in Pforzheim is somehow the same with other places in Europe ( ofcourse not compare to Austria-Wien). My favorite cafe in Pforzheim is Italino cafe located in the new shopping mall. They really serves a real Italian taste of coffee and ice cream. Especially, the ice cream are so delicious and not so expensive ( 5 euro per ice cream glass). I like doing sport besides eating and sleeping also! The sport card for the student here really makes me surprise because of favorable price. I must pay 50 euro/ semester in Haagse Hogeschool, but only 7 euro/semester in FH Pforzheim. I can go to swim on every Tuesday and join in Hiphop dancing class on every Thursday with my sport card. Unbelievable! I also like bowling and go to disco. Unfortunately, both of them are not attractive because of the bad quality and old facilities. I should introduce Baden Wuerttemberg region in which Pforzheim belongs to because I really like this region. Perhaps, I have spent my whole life in flat city such as Ho Chi Minh or The Hague, therefore, when I have chance to live in mountain region like in Baden Wuerttemberg, I feel very intersting. I had travelled most of the places in this region such as Heidelberg ( Castle is the most attracting thing), Mannheim and Stuttgart ( place for shopping), Bad Wilbad (...
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chau p
The Hague University, The Hague, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: A room exchange
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
I still had a contract with Duwo which is the housing agency in the Netherlands. Currently, I rent my room to my friend. Therefore, after going back to Holland, I still have an available room for myself and ofcourse I can stay there.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Since I was an international student, I must look for the room by myself in Holland and Germany ( I came to Holland to study abroad since 2002). I used to live in a apartment, or live with family in Holland. After that, I chose to live in the student building because it gives me many advantages. Currently, I stay in a single room in a student building of FH Pforzheim. It is extremely cheap comparing to the room in Holland. The quality, I may say that cheap price goes with cheap quality. The facilities are quite old since this building was built in 1975. However, I myself surprise because the room is not so bad and the cleanliness is not a matter. Furthermore, the location is very advantageous to me. As I used to go to the library to study, I usually chose the location near the university. Therefore, on Saturday and Sunday, I can walk to the library and study there. It is also near the centre ( 10 minute from the centre and the train station). For a student, price is the first criterion and it can followed by the quality. Furthermore, I need to save money for 4 years studying in foreign country, therefore, I must say, I am quite satifactory with my choice.
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chau p
The Hague University, The Hague, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
As I am already an international student, I had many experiences in loking for a room, adapting to a new life, communicating with new people and so on. Therfore, there is not so many difficutlties for me at all.
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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
2
Culture
3
Costs
4
Activities
3
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Do not expect the other people ( even they have responsibility of helping you) to help you. For example, a room and way to go to your host university. You must be always initiative and independent on anybody!
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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
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
1
Final comments
In conclusion, everybody needs to be initiative. Joining in a social event or university's party, travel and so on. There, you can meet a lot of people. You will get to know a lot of cultures and interesting thing that You have ever known. Do not stay at home and try to adapt to the new life althouhg you may not like it much. By that way, you will be more active and this will help you a lot, such as, know some cheap train ticket, cheap flight ticket and good place to go!
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Sashko
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
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 German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Did not speak it
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
As I have mentioned I have been studying in the Netherlands and the language I was using for my study was English. It is not a secret that in the Netherlands each person speaks fluently English and hardly a foriner starts speaking to them in bad Dutch they automatically start speaking English. In addition I was learning at that time German. German and Dutch have very many common words and in order not to mix the languages and Dutch habit to speak to foriners in English may be led to my poor knowledge of Dutch language.
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Stanislav B
Ekonomická Univerzita V Bratislave, Bratislava, Slovakia
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Because you can meet many new people there,they can hepl by the study and in orientation.There are many parties and living on the campus is not so expensive as a room in an apartment.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
On the beginnig I have been a little bit confusing,because I could not choose the subjekts I liked. You must go there and see, if its the right subjekt for 'u'.Here is very good access to the internet and the computers are pretty good.
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Cynthia L
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
The courses offered for International students are only available for them so is hard to interact with local 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
I would suggest more interaction between local and international students as well as professors. More courses available, and a bit more work during the semester because students are graded on the basis of a single project (not so difficult) during the whole semester.
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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
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