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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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antoniakokalova
UniversitÚ Paris IV Paris - Sorbonne, Paris, France
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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: 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
It was very nice to be able to speak in English all the time, even though most of the time it was with other Erasmus students for whom it's not a native language either.
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antoniakokalova
UniversitÚ Paris IV Paris - Sorbonne, Paris, France
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
London is an expensive city, much more expensive than Paris.
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Telephone, Housing, Travel, Food, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
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
Well, you can't really expect to save when going to London. The worst thing is the transport. If you do not have many classes throughout the week, better choose accomodation in London, even though you'll miss out on student life a little. It's just that you're likely to experience more in the capital than in the village of Egham, Surrey.
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antoniakokalova
UniversitÚ Paris IV Paris - Sorbonne, Paris, France
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
They have a large choice of courses and a good library, and a very stressful Mrs Macbeth, who is the Erasmus co-ordinator. The French Department was nice; so was the English Language Centre for International students
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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
none
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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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antoniakokalova
UniversitÚ Paris IV Paris - Sorbonne, Paris, France
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
3.8/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Yes: I did not have a choice of university. If I did, I would have opted for something not so far from London.
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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
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
If you can afford to stay on campus and you want to pursue full-time studies, I think it will be a good experience.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
It's good to try and make friends in London, and also travel to Scotland - it's a must! If you do not come from Europe, you should try and go on trips to other European countries, it's not far at all to the mainland!
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antoniakokalova
UniversitÚ Paris IV Paris - Sorbonne, Paris, France
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
2.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Activities: 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
Royal Holloway is on a hill overlooking a small village in Surrey. There isn't much to do outside campus, so you have to travel to London, which can be a bit expensive and most of all, inconvenient, because, as has been noted by other people, the last train from London leaves much too early, at around 23.30
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antoniakokalova
UniversitÚ Paris IV Paris - Sorbonne, Paris, France
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Royal Holloway and Bredford New College (University of London)
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: flatshare
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Because I feel that not living on campus caused me to miss out on all the student life and on making friends with other people there.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
For me accomodation was too expensive as the grant from the Sorbonne was only minimal. Besides I quite like comfort and I've never lived in a student residence, so I don't know how I would have coped with the communal kitchen/showers. The main building is nice, though, beautiful architecture.
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