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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PDI) reviews

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3.95 / 5 based on 168 reviews
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Chiraag
Singapore Management University, Singapore, Singapore
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I had no problems whatsoever in communication since my first language is English. Its just the culture that took a little getting used to initally.
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Chiraag
Singapore Management University, Singapore, Singapore
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The overall standard of living here is greater than back home. Though I did manage to cut back on a few things I normally do to balance it out.
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Housing, Overall, Travel, Food, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone:
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, do not take the meal plan and try to find some odd-jobs on campus. There are plenty.
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Chiraag
Singapore Management University, Singapore, Singapore
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Be prepared to work hard. This is definitely not a party school!
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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
Really good and motivated professors and good one-on-one face time with them too.
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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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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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Chiraag
Singapore Management University, Singapore, Singapore
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
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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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The closest and best places to go would be in Albany for a night life. However if you seriously want to party, then seriously consider Boston. There are a few good bars though in downtown Troy.
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Chiraag
Singapore Management University, Singapore, Singapore
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Cheaper, more facilities, more freedom, more privacy
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Rather expensive to live on campus
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