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Hochschule der Künste Berlin

17 reviews
3.65 / 5 based on 17 reviews
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Tim T
University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Hull, United Kingdom
Photography, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I found I spoke more in French than in German as all the Germans know English very well (and even corrected mine) whilst with the other students from Spain and France I spoke to in French.
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Tim T
University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Hull, United Kingdom
Photography, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Nightlife was slightly more expensive but also I was going out a lot more. Food was very cheap and travel wonderfully cheap.
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Food, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Telephone, Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Tim T
University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Hull, United Kingdom
Photography, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
I was pretty much on my own but had a great tutor. Whilst I didn't take many formal courses I got involved with other people's work and created some of my own.
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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
Photography could have been better, but overall the amount of activity at the HDK was impressive.
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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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Tim T
University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Hull, United Kingdom
Photography, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
That I should have stayed longer.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
1
Activities
3
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The HDK is great for independent people, but if you are an artist or on a creative course the mix of people and work will inspire you.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
The German Admin was rather difficult to deal with, but don't take it personally. And go to Berlin in the Summer time.
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Tim T
University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Hull, United Kingdom
Photography, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel, Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
No favourite, was just fantastic to be able to walk and find cool places. In terms of districts Prenzlauer-Berg was brilliant.
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Tim T
University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Hull, United Kingdom
Photography, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: A room exchange
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I like the idea that I didn't know what I was going to and had a great time with the guys I lived with. The only reason I wouldn't do a room exchange if I went back is that I would like to go back to the same area - Prenzlauer-Berg
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I lived with two manic vegetarian cyclists. It was great.
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