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Montclair State University (MSU) reviews

18 reviews
3.97 / 5 based on 18 reviews
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mich1985
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Montclair State University
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Language spoken is the same as home, however there were heaps of Australian words they had no clue about and they found it difficult to understand my accent at times.
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mich1985
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Montclair State University
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Food is extremely expensive, especially if you want something half decent! The housing was rather expensive, and US$15-30 for cover charges into clubs was a little excessive!
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Food, Housing, Travel, Nightlife, Overall:
was more expensive than 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
There is an agreement with a bank in town that allows Montclair students to set up a bank account free of charge for any withdrawal services etc.
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mich1985
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Montclair State University
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Getting in your application with approved subjects early will not guarantee you a spot in the class - do not rely on the International Services to enrol you (despite them being the only ones able to) - make enquiries yourself, before you go. The courses are not overly difficult and will remind you of a high school setting.
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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
Keep up with the readings and you'll be fine, the assessment will not require you to huddle away in your room for hours on end.
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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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mich1985
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Montclair State University
3.8/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
It's expensive, make sure your subjects are ok, and just realise that time flies!
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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
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Students are reluctant to talk to others for some reason - it is hard to break into the circle.
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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
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
2
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Travel, travel, travel. Beware that in order to book cheap holidays over the internet, you need an American address on your credit card, otherwise you will have to pay more!
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mich1985
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Montclair State University
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Just Jake's is a popular club to head to, there is even a bus from campus that will take everyone there! Apart from here though, head into New York City for the best nightlife around! Homecoming Parade and Football game are definately not to be missed, not to meniton Thanksgiving and Halloween - fully immerse yourself! New York City, only half an hour away, can keep you entertained for your entire exchange.
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mich1985
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Montclair State University
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
There aren't very many places to stay apart from on campus housing, so get an application in early to guarantee a place. The apartments are large, with usually 3-4 bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus lounge room and kitchen - what more could you want?!
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
There is no choice given as to whether you prefer a single or double room, however the double rooms are adequately sized if this is your concern. Though you will generally be placed with other international students, American students will be in the same building. It is only a 15 minute walk to the centre of campus.
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