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3.95 / 5 based on 168 reviews
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Kristiaan
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
5.0/5
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I deepened my knowledge of practical business english
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Kristiaan
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Housing was just more expensive and I travelled a lot to get to see the country.
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Travel, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Food, Nightlife, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
www.cheaptickets.com for flights around the u.s.
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Kristiaan
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Anything that touches the entrepreneurial aspect is quite ok.
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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 academic approach is far more practical than at European Universities. After all, the undergraduate can be compared with a bachelor in Europe. Take this into account.
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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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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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Kristiaan
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
A few places in the down town but don't expect too much of it.
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Kristiaan
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Cheaper, more facilities, privacy
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Although housing is well arranged at the campus, you can get better deals when renting an appartment off-campus. There is lots of off-campus choice.
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