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Universidade de Coimbra

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4.24 / 5 based on 146 reviews
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s9809525
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidade de Coimbra
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Portuguese
Was learning Portuguese a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Portuguese
How much did you improve your Portuguese?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Could have been better. I wish i had access to more language classes and conversation opportunities.
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s9809525
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidade de Coimbra
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
LIfe is generally cheaper here in Portugal
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Housing, 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
none
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s9809525
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidade de Coimbra
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
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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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s9809525
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidade de Coimbra
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
There was a language course in September just before the university courses started which would have proved very helpful but I wasn't aware of it's existence.
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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
1
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Relax! verythinghere is slower than in Britain. to give an example, teachers arrive to classes about 30 min late every day.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Generally there's good internet access anywhere you go here and a good way of meeting people is by joining societies. A good one is the rowing society which is really friendly.
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s9809525
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidade de Coimbra
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: 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
There's the student association club which is open every night and a favourite spot of mine is a bar under the English bar - they serve some amazing caipirinha. Another nice hangout is the Jazz bar - no jazz to be heard but a really nice a relaxed atmosphere. There is a cafe called the Basking Robins that serves the most amazing hot chocolate in the world!
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s9809525
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidade de Coimbra
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I met some really interesting people ans was independent enough to make my own choices regarding time etc.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Generally housing is quite poor in Coimbra, althougth I managed to find a nice flat. my landlady was really sweet and came to check on us every week to make sure we didn't need anything.
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