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Haskoli Islands

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4.06 / 5 based on 164 reviews
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Lukas S
Wirtschaftsuniversitńt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
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
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Lukas S
Wirtschaftsuniversitńt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Sharing a flat or a house is always a nice way to live abroad. I don't like dorms.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Housing is arranged through the international office, they are usually very helpful.
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Lukas S
Wirtschaftsuniversitńt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
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
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
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
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
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!
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Lukas S
Wirtschaftsuniversitńt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
I can recommend Small States in Europe (with Baldur ١rhallson) and International Negotiations (with ١ra Christiansen). I cannot recommend Project Management (with E­vald M÷ller)
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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
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Lukas S
Wirtschaftsuniversitńt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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 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.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
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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Lukas S
Wirtschaftsuniversitńt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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
ReykjavÝk is the second most expensive city in the world and the price level is generally much higher than in Western Europe.
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Food, Nightlife, Overall, Housing, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone:
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
Shopping for groceries at Bˇnus (at Laugarvegur, Kringlan, etc.) is cheaper than elsewhere
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