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Glasgow Caledonian University

49 reviews
4.19 / 5 based on 49 reviews
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Elise B
Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Jumping Jack on Wednesday (1 pound drinks!). Best restaurant: La Tasca I liked the Countain House very much for drinks...
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Elise B
Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Good accommodation
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Good accommodation. You will find almost all international students there. That's also the reason why it is sometimes really noisy. GOod but expensive!
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Elise B
Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
no
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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
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
It is a very new university with a huge library, place with computers,...The atmosphere is great! You can just relax, drink a cup of fine hot chocolat in the coffee bar of the library and study at the same time. The sport infrastructure is huge. You can follow classes for almost every sport you have in mind. Beside this, the location of the university is very good, right in the middle of the center of Glasgow, close the the main shopping streets, UGC, pubs and bars, restaurants,...
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
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
Do not hesitate to go to Glasgow! It is a unique experience of which you will look back with regret to be in Belgium again. The method of learning is totally different and asks much more of yourself. You have to write at least one essay for each course and do at least one presentation for each course. But you learn so much more about it! Beside this, Glasgow is not very nice at daylight, but once it becomes evening, you see pubs, bars, clubs coming to life! I heard that it was the next biggest 'going out'city in the UK (after London). Have fun in Glasgow!!
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Elise B
Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
nice to have such a good contact with the lecturers. Exam system is also different then in Belgium. Eg you have a book with 10 chapters. They ask from every chapter 1 question. And you have to answer 5 questions. So you actually have to learn only half of the book. Interesting!!
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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
none
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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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Elise B
Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Economics, Undergraduate, 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
English is not that difficult. It is the Scottish accent that made it sometimes though, especially on the phone.
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Elise B
Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Everything in the UK is just more expensive (x1,5). Only nightlife might be cheaper (going to the movies, drinking,...)
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Housing, Food, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
in shops it was impossible to pay with my bank card, they do not have a system like ours where you can pay with mastercard or something. Only visa or another credit card is possible. So do not forget to take your visa with you!
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