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4.28 / 5 based on 133 reviews
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Mihael
University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Engineering, Computer, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidade do Porto
3.8/5
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Considering the Portuguese language, at first it was very difficult to understand anybody, but by the end of the semester I could understand more or less anything. Speaking was a bit more difficult but you can learn the basic very fast. Almost all of the students (local and international) speak English, so if you know English you'll be ok.
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Mihael
University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Engineering, Computer, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidade do Porto
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Housing is more expensive than in Croatia.
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Nightlife, Housing, Overall, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
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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Mihael
University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Engineering, Computer, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidade do Porto
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Try to check in advance if the course can be held in English, since their web page doesn't provide information about course language for all courses. Professors usually answer to the emails with questions about their courses so fell free to send them one.
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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
The only thing which should be improved is the level of interaction with local students which was very low.
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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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Mihael
University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Engineering, Computer, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidade do Porto
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not really, if I knew everything in advance it would be boring :).
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The university is great and you won't regret if you chose it.
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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
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Try to learn a few portuguese phrases before you go, travel is quite cheap so when you have free time (and you should have a lot of it) explore Portugal, it's a beautiful country.
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Mihael
University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Engineering, Computer, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidade do Porto
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Contagiarte - Rua Alvares Cabral, 372 , near Praca da Republica. They have two floors with different music styles and a large garden outside. They mostly play rock, reggae, brazilian,latino music.
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Mihael
University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Engineering, Computer, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidade do Porto
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
More freedom than in a campus.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I really can't complain about anything, I suppose than some things could be better but it's good enough this way too.
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