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Oxford Brookes University

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4.11 / 5 based on 128 reviews
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Celine L
ESC La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
lack of communication with local students- a bit dissapointing- I am sure that I did not loose my French accent at all! I have just mixed it with German/Greek/Spannish/Chinese accents because of seaking a lot to International students but not local
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Celine L
ESC La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Food/Telephone/Accomodation/Nightlife and life in general are more expensive in England than in France Travel: England is the centre of "cheap" travel at the moment with so many cheap ooportunities (coaches, ryanair, easyjet and other low price companies), it is so cheap that you can resist and as a result I have spent defintely more than at home!
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Food, Nightlife, Travel, Overall, Telephone, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
phone: international phone cards (about 5p/minute), definitely cheaper than BT!
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Celine L
ESC La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
System really different- Differnet way of teaching (a lot of group work, presentation... that we don't have in France)- Way of working by yourself quite new for us- be careful to stay concentrated on course- it is really easy to get lost and not knowing what is more important: going to Parkend on the Thursday night or the Finance lecture on Fridays mornings? Nobody's there to force or at least control the student- Complete auto-management which can be a bit surprising at the beginning
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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
none
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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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Celine L
ESC La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
great university in a great town
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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
3
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
the international student life is a wonderful experience but I don't think it is open to everybody. The student has to have a certain maturity and independance, the will to learn and share from other culture. The key word to study abroad is: flexibility. For those who think that their country/culture is the best one and that they don't need to learn from others, my advice is then "Stay at home"! (except if you think that the French footbal team is the best one in the World, that is not a problem: you are right!). Last comment: what I did not like is all the stereotypes linked to a nationality: French people are always late, German are boring... These kind of ideas narrow your mind: forget about them/ Same logic when you meet people who are prejudiced: show them that you are French (or any other nationality), yes, that it happens that you are late, eat bread and wine... but these are not your first caracter traits! And last advice: go there to study and do it seriously, yes, but have fun as well and enjoy the local habits!
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Celine L
ESC La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
ParkEnd- Bar Med- Punana- Purple Turtle- The Trout- Turfg Tavern...
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Celine L
ESC La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
the best way to meet plently of people from differnt horizon- the campus is the heart of the student life- all facilities around (sport centre...)
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The accomodation itself was not great (dirty, old, expensive). However, if I had to do it again, I would not hesitate and I would live there again- was a great experience-
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