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Fachhochschule Aachen

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Veronica
Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Fachhochschule Aachen
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Food was a lot cheaper in comparison to prices in Ireland. My telephone bill was quite high because i had mobile and often made long international calls(to home). Housing, is cheaper then in Ireland, particularly because I live at home in Ireland but on the whole accommdation was cheaper. Nightlife was extremely cheap in comparison to Dublin City, both eating out and clubbing were cheaper. Travel was great, I went interrailing with friends during the semester break. Aachen is a very central town and they offered a lot of special offers on group trips etc.. In Germany I had a bus and rail semester ticket(part of the college fee) so travel was less expensive, in Ireland we do not receive travel passes.
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Housing, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Overall, Travel, Nightlife:
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
Nothing stands out except for initial housing expenses. Deposits and rent in advance, furnishing the apartment etc..
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bkc0984
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Fachhochschule Aachen
5.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had brought extra umbrellas. It is always raining in Aachen, and I always seem to misplace my umbrella. I wish that I had about 20 extra.
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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
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It is hard to find relative English courses toward your degree in the United States. I believe if you are going to come to Aachen to study, you should have a general knowledge of the German language. They do have a language course offered to help, but you should definately already have a background in the language. This will enable you to take classes in German and to speak with the other students and general public. I think it would make your stay much more pleasant and would ease your daily tasks.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Trains in Germany are much cheaper when traveling in groups. They have specials for 2 to 5 people. If you are planning on doing weekend travel or day trips, always try to find a group to go with you. Also, if you are coming from the US and want to travel in Europe quite a bit, I recommend the Eurail passes. I used the German Eurail Pass. It was worth every penny!! I traveled all over Germany for 10 days and visited about 20 cities. I only had to pay about $220. It would have been so much more expensive if I would have simply bought each ticket separately.
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bkc0984
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Fachhochschule Aachen
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Obviously I spent more on my telephone bill because I am always calling my family in the US. I spent more on nightlife and travel because here all of the international students are alone. We are now like a family because we won't be able to see our families for a while. We always are going out together and traveling together. We try to stay busy so that times passes maybe a little quicker, and so that we are also always having fun. I feel that I spend less on food here because the grocery stores are much cheaper and I have also found some relatively cheap restaurants in our area.
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Telephone, Nightlife, Travel, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Food:
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
none
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bkc0984
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Fachhochschule Aachen
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
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
I am a student in World Culture and Business. I have chosen to focus on German studies, therefore, I came to Germany for my study abroad experience. I had only studied German for one year before I went to Germany. When I first came in July, I participated in a month long intensive language course in Eichstaett, Germany. I believe this helped me prepare for Aachen. By the time I made it to Aachen, I already had a feel for the German culture. I was very much at ease with everyday life in Germany. I had alread traveled and used my knowledge of the German language. I believe that my experiences in class and simply out in everyday life have greatly increased my interests in the German language and culture. I have really enjoyed my experience here, and I only want to learn more and keep furthering my German studies.
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Joana
Instituto PolitÚcnico do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Fachhochschule Aachen
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Everything was perfect! I don't know anyone who didn't like the experience. Super!!
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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
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Keep as you are! Improve is quite difficult. Thanks for everything.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Aachen is a wonderful city to travell. It is near many capitals of Europe as Paris (3 hours by fast train), Brussel (1,5 hour by car) or Maastricht (more or less 2,5 hours by train). The cost of travelling is not so expensive for students. Have fun and go!
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Personal review
Armin
Germany, Graduate
Engineering
Fachhochschule Aachen
4.0/5
Overall
The university is a great place to study, especially if you are interested in STEM subjects.
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Pros
Personal teaching and modern facilities.
Cons
The public transportation can be cubersome.
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