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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

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3.72 / 5 based on 73 reviews
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JAN V
Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke v Praze, Prague, Czech Republic
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
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 had studied English for 10 years before I had gone for my Erasmus studies. But only there I realised that every language has many levels and can be taught only by living in the language. Irish has not been spoken much in Ireland anymore. There were some regions in the south and the west of the country where I met Irish.
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JAN V
Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke v Praze, Prague, Czech Republic
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
I need roughly 1000 euro for a semestr in Czech republic while I spent 2700 euro in Ireland in the same time. I was travelling more but saving in food and personal expences.
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Overall, Nightlife, Telephone, Travel, Food, Housing:
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
There is a great web of Hostels throughout Ireland where the ISIC card is accepted. Get the travel stamp for 30% discounts on busses.
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JAN V
Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke v Praze, Prague, Czech Republic
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
It bodes well to arrange as much as you can before you arrive. Although In my case I wanted to have subjects from various departments so I had to wait till I could see what was really offered and what was not classing in the timetable. I was disappointed that exams were written in the sportshall with hundrets of other students and I could not choose when I wanted to do each subject.
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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 change the way of examing. At my home university each teacher is responsible for his/her way of examing and students can choose the date they like.
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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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JAN V
Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke v Praze, Prague, Czech Republic
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
There is nothing really importand I would mention. Just that I was a bit nervous before leaving for a year abroad. Now I know it was a great experience and I can be more relaxed and focused on what I want next time. But I needded that travel to realise this....
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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
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
In my opinion the level of GMIT in somewhere between the University and Secondary High school in the Czech Republic. So there was something I missed there to call it the real University but would for sure recomned the GMIT as the first abroad-study experience destination.
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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
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Go to the Cenvergence Festival which is held in Dublin in the spring time and is generally focused on various topics dealing with SUSTAINABLE LIFE AND DEVELOPEMENT ON EARTH Use a bicycle!
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JAN V
Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke v Praze, Prague, Czech Republic
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
I tried Yoga by BurrenYoga Centre which was really good. There were three Drumm Classes run at the time in the city...Search Niall O Flinn. I would also recomend 5-Rythms Dance Class. Go to concert of BARA and KILA. The school year in Ireland is the shortest in Europe. That gives plenty o time for travelling which is what you really should do in Ireland. Very beautiful.
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JAN V
Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke v Praze, Prague, Czech Republic
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose:
Why?
I have the opportunity to stay in the friend's house.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
It was my first time abroad. I had no prior experience so I was happy for the accomodation arranged by GMIT International Office. Later on, when I settled down, I found a room by myself. In general: Campus accomodation is more expensive than accomodation in houses which on the other side may have a bad location. I would recomend to begin with acccomodation offered by GMIT and than decide to stay or to find something else.
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