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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PDI)

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Christian
Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish that I knew that Troy is not the prettiest and most exiting city in the US. If I knew more about troy I would probably have chosen a different university.
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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
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The academics at RPI is very good, including the proffessors and the courses, however, the city it is located at is not the best and the social life on campus can be a lot better.
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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
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I am glad I did participate in the exchange program. It is a great experience, but if I was to do it again I would choose a different university in a different city, mostly because of the social life on campus. However, If you have decided to come to RPI, I would recommend to go to Lake George and to Montreal, Canada. This is great places to go for weekends to party and outdoor activities such as white water rafting, jet skiing and kajaking.
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anonymous
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Some people who would sell their car cheaply to me.
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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
1
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
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.
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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
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
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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Kristiaan
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Winters in Troy can get pretty cold!
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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
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Academicly excellent university, the social life at campus is affected by the largely techical student population. In other words, don't expect a party university.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Buy a car and travel around to see a lot of what the u.s. has to offer. Cities like Boston, NY, Dc, San Francisco, LA etc. are definitely worth visiting. Try to integrate with local students to optimize your experience.
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Floriane
KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
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)
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Telephone, Overall, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife:
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
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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Chiraag
Singapore Management University, Singapore, Singapore
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
How cheap living off-campus would be, how expensive meal plans really are and also to book travel tickets way in advance!
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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
4
Costs
4
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
RPI is a good university because it offers a wide range of courses and excellent resources. It is also convenient if you want to travel to major cities on the East Coast. Also located in a small town so you can really interact and gel well with the local students and experience American culture. But if you are looking for a good night life/social life then you may want to consider other options as well.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
- Book travel tickets in advance - Get warm clothes - Buy your textbooks before-hand; very expensive here - Explore off-campus opportunities before considering on-campus housing
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Bart
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known more about the atmosphere at the university
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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
2
Culture
3
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
For the university: spice up the student life. For potential future students: don't go if you like a good social life
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Really good university, but student life is pretty dull. Try to make something of it when you go, then you might have fun. The location is great for travelling though! (Boston, NYC, Canada, Niagara Falls, etc., etc.)
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