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Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)

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3.89 / 5 based on 51 reviews
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Kathrin
Hochschule Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
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 spoke english very well before going to the UK to study there. I had live in the United States before so I did not encounter any language difficulties. Only the 5 year old daughter of my landlady did not understand some of my American English ;-)! I learned B.E. very fast and was able to substitute A.E. words by B.E. words - no problem at all.
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Kathrin
Hochschule Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Things were more expensive than they are in Germany especially housing as well as food and toiletries. Besides I wanted to travel a little bit to get to know the country and therefore spend some money on train tickets, hotels, rental cars etc.
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Overall, Travel, Food, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Nightlife:
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
There was a fruit and vegetable as well as book market on campus where one could save some money. There is a Lidl and Aldi supermarket in Feltham which is a lot cheaper than Tesco, Waitrose etc. I had a few jobs on campus doing tests for the Business Department where you were paid right away. They usually paid very well and one could earn some extra money.
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Kathrin
Hochschule Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I chose four classes which was the regular workload of a British student. At the beginning I was bored because we usually had classes from 8 in the morning until late in the afternoon in Germany whereas I had lots of off days in England. I knew why when I saw the reading list. We had to spend a lot of tiem in the library and doing work at home. You absolutely need to do all the required reading otherwise you will fail the courses! Following in class was easy, the courses I had chosen were alright, some excellent, some 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
I enjoyed studying at RHUL. Overall, I liked the courses, student life etc. There were enough books, computers etc.
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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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Kathrin
Hochschule Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
A car would have been helpful, you need to walk a lot!!! I lived 15 minutes from campus which was alright. It was a 20 minute walk to the train station and a 25 minute walk to the supermarket. it wasn't fun carrying all the bags home. Besides, I was kind of stuck in the evenings. Trains are not necessarily very reliable. I had a car at home, I could have taken it...Unfortunately I did not know. Be prepared to spend a lot of money!
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Nice place, great building, fine campus. Housing was alright, classes were good, teachers were very nice and helpful. I would go again, I would have loved to stay a little longer.
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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
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
They have a good website with lots of pictures. We travelled to Brighton and Oxford which was fun! Going again I would try to live in Staines think because there is everything there. Close to London - great on weekends, we went there a lot. Direkt train connection to Waterloo takes 35 minutes!
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Kathrin
Hochschule Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Royal Holloway is close to London. There is a train station in Egham (15-20 minute walk from Campus). London offers everything you can think of. Good places closer by are Staines as well as Windsor with lots of pubs, clubs, restaurants. Staines has a cinema complex and plenty of stores as well as an indoor pool. There was a good café on campus which was cheap and had excellent coffee, sandwiches etc. there is a gym on campus which is alright and offers nice classes.
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Kathrin
Hochschule Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: With a family
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
More independent way of living, more space. Living with other students would have been great! Living within a family needs a lot of adjustment.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Housing on campus was not offered to visiting students staying for less than one full year. Therefore I had to find accomodation on my own which was not that easy. The Accomodation Office of the University had sent a list of possible landladies/-lords. Some of them were not willing to house international students, others would only rent out a room for a period of at least one year.
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