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3.95 / 5 based on 168 reviews
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anonymous
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
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
My English was already quite good. Although I learned more slang than I knew before. I had no problems communicating with people, although they always asked me where I was from, because of my accent.
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anonymous
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Everyday life in the US was more expensive in general. Of course, I traveled more, since I wanted to see the country.
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Travel, Nightlife, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Food, 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: don't take a meal plan; cook for yourself. Grab discounts in supermarket (buy a lot). Live off-campus. Do not smoke (cigarettes are really expensive
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anonymous
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
New ventures is a very good course. It deals with entrepreneurship from a practical perspective; it completely exists of Harvard business cases. Furthermore, the professor is a very experienced and successful entrepreneur
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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
They should be somewhat harder on students concerning grading. Almost nobody fails a course. If you are really bad you get a D
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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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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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anonymous
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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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 social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
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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anonymous
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
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?
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.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
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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