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3.97 / 5 based on 118 reviews
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gabyrig
Tufts University, Medford, United States
Engineering, Civil, Undergraduate, University Agreement
INSA Lyon
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Language and communication for me wasnt a problem because I am bilingual. If you have no idea about the language, academia will be worst for you even though it's bad even knowing the language. So learn it before you head there. My only problem was dealing with the French condescendence. They would always make fun of my accent, comment about it, always a subjust for conversation and that bothered me. They also made fun of the french canadian's accent. Keep in mind that they don't accept differences to well and that people that are supposed to know the language (ei, past colonies) are seen as inferior on many level. Also keep in mind that those 20-21 year olds are quite immature so weight in all factors.
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gabyrig
Tufts University, Medford, United States
Engineering, Civil, Undergraduate, University Agreement
INSA Lyon
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
EVERYTHING IN FRANCE IS EXPENSIVE. Except for wine and bread! If you can't eat the nasty food in the cafeteria and decided to cook, get ready to spend a fortune. Travel is expensive but it is everywhere in the world. The euro is stronger than american dollar so there again that's a loss.
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Food, Telephone, Overall, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
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
Please, don't get a bank account in France unless you have to. When you walk in the first thing they tell you is get one but it's because the school and the bank are partners. Unless your parents are sending money directly on that french account it's not worth it because you will pay to withdraw money from your bank to put on it and pay a fee anyways. Take a mass amount every month and keep it in your room. That keeps your home account active and increase your credit history. If you have a check being sent ask your bank how to cash it on your account. Seriously that will save you the hassel of having your card swallowed up by the machine because you don't remember the pre-assigned pin that you have to keep the whole time, not being able to take money out without a card because the bank next to the school doesn't keep cash in there, having to go to two banks in order to close your account. I find that to be a big hassel because I like to maximaze my time.
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gabyrig
Tufts University, Medford, United States
Engineering, Civil, Undergraduate, University Agreement
INSA Lyon
1.2/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Ok, if you are in a department that doesn't involve memorizing text please don't go there! Try to take liberal art classes, you'll help yourself a great deal. Professors are bad teachers as far as I know in the Civil engineering department. Complaints have come from Computer science, Mechanical engineering. They are more interested in their research. There are no office hours (ei, French student goes to professor's office to ask an exam question. His comment as she walks in the door: "What are you doing here? I don't have time for you. Get out". Please tell me who says that!!! Plenty of other examples come to mind but they wont fit here. They are condescending towards international students. If you can take spanish, french, sport, sociology don't do any science if your grades have to transfer. You'll regret it all of your life!
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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
Academic life is a competition. No one helps each other unless they are in the same group which they will be for 3 years of their lives. Groups dont interact. Improvements? It's France! You can't tell them what to do. They see it as americanizing them. If they works for them let them be and see how they grow on the international market. My suggestion though would be to give a recycling modern 21st century course to their professors. God they need it! If academia was the only thing I experienced there, I WOULD NEVER SET MY FOOD THERE AGAIN and keep in mind that I passed all of my classes and some with high grades.
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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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gabyrig
Tufts University, Medford, United States
Engineering, Civil, Undergraduate, University Agreement
INSA Lyon
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Language skills? I didn't learn anything in France that I didn't know before. Just learned that my accent was funny. Studies? I came back more stupid than I was when I left. All of my peers are more advanced and sharp than I am after a year of not being able to ask question and brainstorm because professors are not there to interact. You are told what to do, your personal thinking doesnt go into it. Everyone ends up with the same project and lab report because they copy it from the students from previous year that did the same the year before and so on and so on.... someone say PERJURISM?!?!
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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
4
Culture
3
Costs
4
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
This stricktly applies to international student experience. Not more, not academic. Seperate the two in your mind and you'll have less of a shock when you get there.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
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
1
Final comments
Travel tips... save up, go away on breaks. Dont stay on that dead miserable campus and town. Travel is relatively cheap if you take it one step at a time and plan accordingly. Europe is quite open and with a French visa you can go almost everywhere. Italy, Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam, Portugal, Spain, France.... I've been in major places on 1 to 2 weeks break on a nearly 1000 dollar budget for each trip.
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gabyrig
Tufts University, Medford, United States
Engineering, Civil, Undergraduate, University Agreement
INSA Lyon
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
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Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
I don't play sports so I'll keep my opinion to myself. The one thing I'll say is that French people are greedy. The guy that replaced me had the choice of any sport he wanted on my 40,000 dollar tuition without paying, but I in return had to pay a yearly fee to play table tennis, money they will not reimburse me. Participate in all the free activities, they are fun especially when you have international friends. Beaujolais, Nuits des Lumieres, Short film festival, 24 Hours etc.... My social life was great and no thanks to the french may I add. French students get wasted at 9pm and go to bed or if they are guys they start dancing with each other in the club and forget that there are girls. That's their idea of fun.
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gabyrig
Tufts University, Medford, United States
Engineering, Civil, Undergraduate, University Agreement
INSA Lyon
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Because that's the agreement between the two schools.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Housing at that university for people coming from my school definetely suck. The french institution try to maximize their money making by giving the best housings to students that would pay them cash directly therefore I couldn't get a better one because I wasnt going to pay them since I am guaranteed any housing I want because the student that replaced me at my school can get any one he wants. Housing could have been better. I had a fridge in my room but I don't care about that because I am used to not having one but internet was important to me because that was my only link to the U.S. and finding internships and job for the summer but I didn't get that. Therefore I ended up coming back and not being able to work, not even in a supermarket!
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