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Oxford Brookes University

128 reviews
4.11 / 5 based on 128 reviews
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alavoie
Universitetet i Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Hospitality, Catering / Hotel Management, Graduate, 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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I did not have any trouble with the language of instruction, as I have worked and studied in English before. But some people in the class did not speak much English, and that was a problem sometimes, as we had quite a lot a group assignments and discussions. So if your English is good, be prepared to correct everyone else's papers, and allow for misunderstandings during seminars. It can be irritating at times, but if you keep your sense of humour, it can be interesting.
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alavoie
Universitetet i Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Hospitality, Catering / Hotel Management, Graduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Well, food is lot cheaper in England than in Norway, and I did not cook as much as I would do at home with my husband. We had free bus between the student hall and the school, so I also saved quite a bit of money there compared to home.
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Housing, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Food, Nightlife, Overall:
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
It is a good idea to invest in a computer before coming to Brookes, as the computer facilites are quite cramped. I had to rent a computer on several occasions so I could hand in papers on time! Housing is expensive in Oxford (about the same as in London), so come prepared, especially if you plan on renting a flat on your own. I worked 9 hours every Saturdays in a store. Part-time jobs are easy to find, and foreign students can work up to a certain number of hours a week (15-20?) without paying income taxes.
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alavoie
Universitetet i Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Hospitality, Catering / Hotel Management, Graduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
The postgraduate courses in Hotel Management are very good. I also took 2 classes witht he undergrads, and was positively surprised by the quality of the teaching. But there is a lot to do, I spent a least 40 hours a week doing school work.
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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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alavoie
Universitetet i Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Hospitality, Catering / Hotel Management, Graduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
No, we got very good information before we left.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
I was very satisfied with the quality of the teaching. It came as surprise that there were only 2 English students out of 45, but the international composition made for a great team building experience. The social life was also good, everyone was very friendly.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
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
There was really a lot to do in the courses, and many in the class ended up having no life outside the classroom. It is important to relax, it even contributes to better grades! So get out and do something. I started doing tae kwon do, and got to know even more people, mostly English this time, and I still keep in touch with them. Also try to travel a bit around England. To my great shame, I have only been to Lond twice in 6 months, which is a bit sad.
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alavoie
Universitetet i Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Hospitality, Catering / Hotel Management, Graduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside 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
I did not go out much, but I got the impression there was more than enough to do if one wanted to. Oxford is a great town, and it is close enough to London that you can go there for a day, or even for a night out, as there are busses 24 hours a day.
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alavoie
Universitetet i Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Hospitality, Catering / Hotel Management, Graduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
When going abroad for a sort period of time, on campus accomodation is the best solution; you don't waste time looking for a place to live upon arrival, and you can concentrate fully on your studies.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I stayed at Paul Kent hall, which is a hall mostly for foreign graduate students. It is a bit more expensive tha other halls, but it is new, and the facilities are great: rooms with attached bathrooms, new kitchens that are cleaned regularly, helpful reception desk, and a samll computer room. It is not very far from Uni, and there is a bus to the city centre every 20-30 minutes.
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