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Christian
Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
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
Since my home university is in australia, it was not much different from my home,
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Christian
Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
I found food to be less expensive here than home, that is the main reason for spending less on that. The telephone system in the US is a pain. The fact that you have to pay even though somebody is calling you is enoying and stupid. Drinks are cheaper here than home. It is more expensive to travel in Australia and I feel that it is more to see there than in the US.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel, Overall, Housing, Nightlife, Food:
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
none
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Christian
Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
As a finance marketing student I felt that Investments 1 with Prof Murtugh was a very good course. He is a exellent professor and the course is educational and real life related.
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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
I would try to coordinate the courses alittle bit better, specially with the projects. I felt like all the projects were due on the same date. This could have been better if only the professors communicated little bit more than they seem to do.
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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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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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Christian
Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The Ruck is the best place to go in Troy. The staff is really nice and the drinks are strong!!! However, I would say the best place to go if you want to have real fun is Albany. There are many night clubs and bars that is worth visiting.
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Christian
Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I feel that an appartment is better than on campus accomondation no matter how bad the appartment is.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
My appartment was very closr to campus. It was not the most modern appartment, however, it was in decent condition.
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