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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PDI)

, Troy, United States
3.88 / 5 based on 168 reviews.

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Accreditations
76% of students recommend
168 reviews
Housing
3.6/5
All experiences (168)
Student life
3.5/5
5 stars (36)
Academic
4.4/5
4 stars (72)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (60)
Expenses
3.6/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.2/5
1 star (0)
For travel, don't forget your driver license it's REALLY important ! If you want to go somewhere else that NYC, you need to rent a car (there is the enterprise company in Troy). For cheap accommodations, I used Airbnb. Choose courses to don't work on Friday afternoon, you will have more time to travel ! Read Review
q6971190928, France

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HOUSING    
by del349508635, Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Dorm room were really small and expensive. Off campus housing, on the other hand, was relatively cheap and the offered apartments were all pretty large.
Personal comments:
As I mentioned already, the dorm rooms were too small and too expensive, but they had cable internet for free.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by del349508635, Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
There are a lot of bars in Troy, but many have a bad reputation. Most RPI students went to 'the Ruck', which was a nice spacy bar. If your in the mood to go to a real club, you need to go to Albany, since there are no real clubs in Troy. Furthermore, you should go to some fraternity parties to experience the real american college life. Finally, if you are in the States with spring break, you need to go to either Mexico or Florida; it's quite an experience!
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ACADEMIC    
by Floriane, KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
I chose marketing undergraduate courses. I had work to do but it was really ok and easy to pass. But my roommate chose finance graduate courses. He spent all these days working and tests were very hard. So really think about that before and maybe ask for recommandations. Differences between courses are huge.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
Personally, I was really happy about my courses : interesting, different way to learn, some work but totally acceptable.

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by Floriane, KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Independent
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
In class, I didn't speak too much. I was quite shy and even if involvement in class is part of the education in US, professors are not going to force you to speak. But I spoke a lot outside, with my roommates or exchange students. It was difficult because french people are not as good as danish or Finnish people so sometimes I was a bit ashamed to don't understand. But after, you can understand more and more, even americans who speak very fast. When I spoke I made a lot of mistakes because I wanted to answer fast but overall everybody could understand me ... I hope so ! ^^
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EXPENSES    
by Floriane, KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Independent
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
Food: around $150 per month Telephone: SMS, calls and 3G = $45 per month Housing off campus: $550 Nightlife: in frat parties, you pay NOTHING Travel: $300 per week-end Cheap accommodations far away the city center ($50 per night just for a room), bike for transportation in the city rather than subway, walk in the city rather than paying the museum, cheap restaurants ... To travel you can use the bus for NYC ($25 one way) or rent a car for any other destinations ($100 per day if you are under 25)
Travel, Overall, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Food: was the same price as at home.
Nightlife: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Cost-saving tips: LIVE OFF CAMPUS. It's better, you have more space and you have the opportunity to live with other exchanges or even americans. You save $500 per month !
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OVERALL    
by del349508635, Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Some people who would sell their car cheaply to me.
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
If you have a strong, open personality, you will have a good time. Since there are not many exchange students, not many special activities are organised for them; You will have to contact people yourself. Furthermore, if you only want to live in a big city than Troy is not the right place for you. If you like playing sports, RPI is the right place, since sport facilities are outstanding. Finally, if you really hate cold weather, you can better go somewhere else. In the winter it can be pretty cold.



FINAL COMMENTS

Travel tips: New york city (2.5 hours by car) Boston(3 hours by car) Washington (7 hours by car) Adirondack mountains ;lake placid and lake george (1 hour by car) Canada: Montreal (3 hourst by car) Toronto (7 hours by car) Niagara Falls (5 hours by car) Spring break: Florida (key west/daytona beach, fort Lauderdale or Miami) If you get the chance take a cheap plane to the west coast, at check out the tourist sites over there!
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