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75 reviews
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3.94 / 5 based on 75 reviews
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moniquinha
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
IAE Aix Marseille Graduate School of Management
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my French
How much did you improve your French?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Very good. Having lectures in French everyday helped to tune my ear in. By the end I started to get my head round their approach to language.
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moniquinha
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
IAE Aix Marseille Graduate School of Management
1.2/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
The cost of living is very high in Aix - it is the second most expensive place to live in France after Paris.
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Food, Overall, Housing, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Travel:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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moniquinha
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
IAE Aix Marseille Graduate School of Management
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
If you do either German or Portuguese, the courses are fantastic. Advanced Portuguese teaching excellent and the politics course very interesting. Take advantage of the History/Politics/Culture module laid on for Erasmus students. Fantastic.
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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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moniquinha
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
IAE Aix Marseille Graduate School of Management
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
How expensive, the extent of the anglophones.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Beautiful city, good uni, but there are other good unis in France with fewer anglophones about. I was lucky, but it's really difficult making French friends. They're not generally impressed with Brits and Yanks - and it's easy to see why.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Please try and live with a francophone - it makes your life so much easier. Try and get there early, round June to look for somewhere to live - housing is scarce. Beware of dodgy landlords. Southerners are notorious in France for swindling.
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moniquinha
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
IAE Aix Marseille Graduate School of Management
2.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Best place is a little bar tucked away behind ther Place de la Mairie, called l'Unplugged. Cool boho atmosphere, loads of French and very few foreigners. Otherwise it's impossible to anywhere without hearing English - loud and annoying Brits and Yanks everywhere (and I'm a Brit!).
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moniquinha
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
IAE Aix Marseille Graduate School of Management
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
The best way to live with native speakers and integrate yourself in the culture - my French came on in leaps and bounds.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Campus accommodation is dire - there is very little security. Aix has a high rate of violence towards women on campus. Plus it is incredibly dirty, although very cheap. I was very lucky and lived in a house with my landlady and a French student. We got on well, and I had a ready-made network of French friends, thanks to my flatmate.
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