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Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (KUN)

22 Languages Reviews
4.19 / 5 based on 135 reviews
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Lizi
Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
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
What I found a bit annoying was, that most foreign students didnīt even try to learn Dutch. A lot of them went to Nijmegen to learn English. University is offering free "social Dutch" courses, but in the first semester only for students who donīt know the language, yet, thus, it wasnīt really interesting for me. Looking forward to the "advanced" class which starts next month.
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Elaine
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Law, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
5.0/5
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 the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
At the start of the year a Social Dutch course was offered to the international students. I took this course and found it very useful but there is very little need to speak Dutch in the Netherlands and in fact finding anyone willing to converse in your limited Dutch compared to their fluent English is near impossible, even when out shopping, asking directions etc.
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anonymous
Universitatea "Babes-Bolyai" din Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
International Relations, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
My language skills improved because I had a constant contact with people from different countries and I could practice the language I learned in school with native speakers. It's a little embarrassing when you're not sure of your level, but helpful and fun because you learn not only the best pronunciation but also the slang.
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nickrada
West Virginia University, Morgantown, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, ISEP
Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
5.0/5
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 the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I enjoyed learning Dutch, but I also had the opportunity to become fluent in French while I was there because I took French courses that were French only, and all explanations were in Dutch. But I had no problems with the people becuase all educated people in the Netherlands speak English.
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gogomonik
Ekonomická Univerzita V Bratislave, Bratislava, Slovakia
Business Studies, Graduate, Socrates
Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
3.8/5
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 the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Before my study stay I didn`t know anything about Dutch language. I had opportunity to learn this language, but I didn`t take a chance, because firstly I had a bit problem with communication in English. But at the end of my stay I learned some basic words from Dutch and of course I did great improving in English. Recently I am going to study to Belgium(Flemish part), so if I will have a chance to attend Dutch course, I want to take this.
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Jacob
University of Tampa, Tampa, United States
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
5.0/5
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 the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The level of Enlgish spoken by the Dutch people is very high and most erasmus students also had a relatively good level of English. Because there were a lot of Spanish erasmus students I picked up some Spanish while I was there.
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