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Tongji University

36 reviews
3.74 / 5 based on 36 reviews
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Stefan H
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Exchange students are well-advised taking at least basic Chinese class;unless,it's quite hard to tackle everyday situations.
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Stefan H
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
All in all China can be considered cheaper than Europe,although Western products can be quite expensive.
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Telephone, Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Food, Overall:
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
Bargaining is common practice in China.
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Stefan H
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
Good:close interaction to teachers international students Bad:tough regulation of courses,no freedom of choice
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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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Stefan H
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Living off campus!
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Well organized,but no courses to choose from.
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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
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
2
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Places you shouldn't miss: Beijing and surrounding; Shanghai and night life. Please don't travel during holidays.
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Stefan H
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
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Travel, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Jazz clubs in Mao Ming street
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Stefan H
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
As student accomodation is totally overpriced, I strongly recommend taking an apartment outside campus.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
For the first 3 month,I lived on campus;generally spoken the rooms were not that bad,however as mentioned above,far to expensive for Chinese living standards, therefore it's better living off campus enjoying better housing at almost the same price.
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