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Claudia
York University, Toronto, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
2.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
If you really want to improve your at least intermediate-level French, take some courses in French. This is the best way to learn, because the courses tailored to international students are offered only in English.
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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
More courses for internationals in French!!!
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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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Claudia
York University, Toronto, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
3.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
It's a lot colder than I would've expected. Bring jackets of varying degrees of warmness = |
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It was a good experience. IESEG is really a school with an opennes to international students and does a lot to accomodate you. But remember, if you want to learn French, dive in and take courses in French.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
1
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Lille is a great student city in itself but even better is its central location that allows to pick up and travel very easily, with easy access to Paris and Brussels airports.
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Claudia
York University, Toronto, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
3.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I didn't own a cell phone while on exchange, so I didn't spend on that. I shared a room, so that worked out a lot cheaper than it would've been otherwise. Nightlife, you walk everywhere so no need for taxis, and there's never any cover which is a plus. And I took the opportunity to travel more often that I do at home, and that was expensive considering I was working in Cdn dollars.
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Food, Travel, Housing, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
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
If you can and you're willing, share a room! This will obviously cut your res expenses in half.
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Claudia
York University, Toronto, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
3.5/5
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 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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Granted, I did not succeed the way I wanted to, partly because everyone there spoke English to some degree. I'd say, immerse yourself in the language by whatever means you can if you want to learn.
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Claudia
York University, Toronto, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
3.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Off campus residence
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Off campus residence
Why?
Despite its faults, the residences managed by the Association d'Entraide Universitaire have a great atmosphere and are a fantastic way to get to know people from all over.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Like all universities in the area, IESEG is too small to have on-campus housing. If you want to live with other students in a res setting, the AEU is your best bet. Apply early.
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Claudia
York University, Toronto, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Start with the hot, smoky but always a party Latina Cafe on Rue Massena, then check out all the other clubs and bars along that street that is the hub of student night life in Lille.
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