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3.98 / 5 based on 225 reviews
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d00j1b
University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
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Different Erasmus students had quite different levels of Italian, and all coped fine. Many Spaniards and some Dutch spoke quite poor Italian. The course offered in September was very dull for an intermediate speaker, but an excellent way of getting to know the other Erasmus. It was somewhat more useful for the beginners and advanced groups. Lectures in term time, though unbelievably boring were an excellent way of picking up good Italian. Roman dialect sounds lovely, but is not quite pure Italian. Lots of the students come from the Mezzogiorno, some speaking in dialect as a first language. Lecturers were largely clear.
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S_Berghaus
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
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Personal comments
The communication between professors and students is good, while the overall academic atmosphere very hyrarchical. Communication for me was not a problem, as I lived with Italians and already had some good knowledge before coming to Italy. I belive, this is an important precondition for having a good time at LUISS. You have to study lots of literature and could get stressed without a certain fluency of academic Italian.
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NADIA L
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Initially undertook 3week language course prior to studying in order to help my educational integration. General experiences were 100%positive- immensley enjoyed dealing with potentially difficult language situations & constantly being tested. Within university interacted well in discussions with professors & other students. Often mistaken for an Italian.
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Karolina R
Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland
Law, Graduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
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Personal comments
My first language experiences in Italy was pretty good. In Poland I completed a four semester course. Moreover, at the beginning of academic year LUISS organised a intensive language course for all Erasmus students, what helped me a lot in every-day life as well as in communicating with professors.
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Carlo D
EMLYON Business School, Lyon, France
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
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Personal comments
Coming from an Italian family living outside Italy I was already fluent in the language. Nevertheless during my stay I did improve considerably my Italian. The other exchange students who made an effort in communicating in Italian and followed the appropriate courses improved surprisingly quickly.
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Catherine L
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The international department were very helpful if i ever needed them (which i'm happy to say wasn't often). The teachers were helpful and sympathetic to our language abilities. In general the italians were very supportive and helpful and encouraged my progress in all aspects of the language.
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