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Tongji University

36 reviews
3.74 / 5 based on 36 reviews
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xiaoke
Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Zittau, Germany
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: Chinese
Was learning Chinese a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Chinese
How much did you improve your Chinese?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
it is so much easier to learn a language when you are abroad and in contrast to my home university the language of instruction was also Chinese (much better!), because of the foreign students in the dormitory you can improve other languages easily, too
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xiaoke
Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Zittau, Germany
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Not specified
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Life in general is still a lot cheaper in China than in Europe or the US but if you want to you can spend extraordinarily big sums of money, too (if you don't speak the language Chinese might take advantage of that and charge higher prices!)
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Telephone, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, 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
Think about opening an account at a Chinese bank, for Germans the City Bank is a good advice for Shanghai
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xiaoke
Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Zittau, Germany
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
beware of Shanghainese speaking professors!
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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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xiaoke
Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Zittau, Germany
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
I was prepared well through intercultural studies beforehand - I would recommend that for everybody
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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
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Don't give up because of Chinese bureaucracy, enjoy living with people from all over the world
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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
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Think of health certificate, passport, residence permit when staying longer than 6 months
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xiaoke
Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Zittau, Germany
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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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
Windows - bar and disco, life is so fast in Shanghai - it might be gone the time you are there, many possibilities for going out
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xiaoke
Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Zittau, Germany
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
because of the contact to other foreign students - outside of campus would be cheaper though
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
you can choose between North and South side to live, air conditioning or not - that is what the price depends on, double or single rooms
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