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IAE Aix Marseille Graduate School of Management

89 reviews
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3.96 / 5 based on 89 reviews
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moniquinha
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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
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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Overall, Nightlife, Housing, Food:
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
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
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moniquinha
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife, Activities: 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
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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