Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Travel, Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Nightlife in Reykjavik only exists on Fridays and Saturdays but is not to be missed!!! Everything happens on/near Laugarvegur and AusturstrŠti, best places are 11, Sirkus, Oliver, Kaffibarinn and Priki
That public transportation is not really good and that it is absolutely necessary to live close to downtown and the university if you don┤t come with your car through the ferry.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice (1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Party / people
Weather / location
In general a good university, teachers are very informal and helpful. It is possible to do exams for courses offered in Icelandic in English, check with the teachers.
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During my experience abroad, I ... (1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies & career
Travel a lot!!!! You will never see such magnificent nature again. Do the golden circle, go to the Blue Lagoon, to J÷kulsarlon, SnŠfellsnes, Vestfirir, Mřvatn, Askja, just to name the highlights.
Never underestimate the wheather. If you travel and plan to go in the winter or wanna leave the ring road, rent a 4WD!
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
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 the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Administrative / Institutional
Everybody in ReykjavÝk speaks fluent English so knowing Icelandic is not necessary. However, knowing the local language is never a mistake so I can recommend learning some Icelandic, either through ERASMUS language courses or through the online course from HI icelandic.hi.is
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