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byrnecj
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
NEOMA Business School
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my French
How much did you improve your French?
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
If you don't make the effort to mix with the french, you'll never improve. I found that joining sports teams and taking classes with the french helped me to integrate very well. The fact that my name is difficult for them to pronounce made sure that I was an immediate novelty for them. If you live with french people even in campus accomodation, speak french to them- many will try to speak english to you, but once you keep responding in french, they'll get the message. I made some very good friends that taught me a lot of french, most of which I cannot use in a professional environment however. The thing is, if the french don't want you to understand, you won't. They have a fairly weird form of slang 'verlang' which puts certain syllables behind others and such. Most people will never encounter it. Regardless, know what level you're at before you choose courses. A lot of the time, understanding written french is very important. A good standard across the board is required to really benefit. If you're learning and shy, stay with the foreigners- but you'll regret it.
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byrnecj
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
NEOMA Business School
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Nightlife in Dublin is unbelievably expensive in Dublin, I can assure you. An open bar night out organised with the school will cost you at most 20€, and you drink as much as you want; In Dublin, every pint costs 5€, and cover charges are not that low. Basically, in Dublin, we don't make allowances for students. Anytime there is cheap drink on offer, you can't get served at the bar, it's simply too crowded.
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Travel, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Housing:
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
Stay out of O'Kallaghan's. Buy yourself a six-pack for 2€ in the local épicerie.
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byrnecj
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
NEOMA Business School
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The UPEM courses are an absolute joke for anyone with even a mediocre standard of french, and better still for those who aren't really bothered, many are offered in english. If you want to learn french, take courses with the french students, that is from the grande école programme. Some can be tricky, many teachers don't make allowances for foreigners, but with the smallest amount of effort you can pass. And a pass is alll that the french students are looking for anyway. I guarantee that the average will never be above 12 out of twenty. Unless you really like accounting, stay away from compta générale. Oral and written exams- the average this year was below ten and all my mates from the football team failed. I passed, by the skin of my teeth. 4 to 6 hours a week, mon and fri mornings, my colleague from Dublin nearly killed me when I told her to take it. Content is simple, but the written exam is simply too long for the french, never mind a foreigner. Fiscalité is no picnic. Strat Fi, 2nd year is apparently difficult, as is controle de gestion 2. Its 1st year equivalent is a joke for anyone that uses his brain. I did FA and got 19. Stay away from the language courses in second term if you're there for the year. Headwreckingly simplistic. FCP in final term is supposedly a joke- no exams- they even go camping. Finance de Marchés is handy enough for a foreigner. Regardless, don't worry about it, choose what you want, and look at it the night before and you'll be fine. There's no great depth in any of these courses. 'On étudiera la veille mon pote' is a phrase you should hear often enough.
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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
The program for foreign students is not streamed. Many foreigners that only started studying french a couple of months before their arrival are put in with others that are practically fluent. If you are part of the latter category, you'll soon be bored. On the other hand. If you take courses with the french, you'll have final exams- so when all the other foreigners are getting drunk, falling in and out of bars and doing god knows what else, you'll be pissed off. That's the price to pay though if you are determined to raise your level.
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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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byrnecj
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
NEOMA Business School
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Yes- that I would never have the chance to do it again. It's a great experience- don't waste it.
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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
3
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Go to Rouen. If you're going on exchange as an undergraduate student, you'll probably have a final year of difficult work ahead of you back home when you finish abroad. So why not effectively take a year away from study. Learn a language, do the minimal amount of work necessary and still pass. Enjoy life with many foreigners- learn about different cultures and pull a few birds- it's a handy number, honestly. And if you live to party, even better. You can take the most ridiculous courses that your host institution will validate. What more can you ask for?
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
1
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Buy a 12-25 train card. Integrate with the locals. Get out as often as possible. Travel. Slag off the Canadians for being American. Say hello to the barmen in O'Kallaghan's for me.
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byrnecj
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
NEOMA Business School
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
If you're Irish, or even British, stay away from O'Kallaghan's- it'll be the death of you. Velvet is a little sweatbox. La Bidule is even worse. La Luna can be good from time to time. Go to the parties organised by the school's student organisations- they're the best. But once again, if you're Irish or British, be aware of your threshold- open bars are a plently and beer is not on offer- I found myself in a rough state the next day many times. Don't expect many pubs to be great night spots- the French aren't really into them. The foreigners are on the other hand. If you want to mingle with the locals, you'll have to eat out, or be interested in football.
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byrnecj
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
NEOMA Business School
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Close to the university and most of the other foreigners live there aswell. I'm talking about Ango by the way. It's not exactly Chateau Ango, but it's pleasant enough. I used to get up at 8.25 for 8.30 classes. Sorted. Bit of a trip to the town centre though, it must be said.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
If you have the cash, stay in Arc 4. There's a swimming pool, sauna, loads of foreign students, and it basically looks like a hotel. It's not that central though, and ikt was out of my price range. For the budgeting student, go for Ango. On campus, cramped and noisy enough, but good value for money after the government allowance is taken into account. (130€)
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