You make your own fun! It takes the more inventive ones among us to have a really good time out here. Perugia is small, and does get monotenous after a year, but this is Italy, and this place is pretty big and modernised as far as it's smaller cities go. The beauty of it is that there are enough things to do without having to trip over tourists every day, and people here still speak Italian to you. as you will notice, especially if you are British like me, when you go to places like Rome, Florence, Verona etc that the locals are more exposed to foreigners and so it is a mission to ever get to practise your Italian!
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This is pretty much pot luck, the best advice that I can offer is to speak to any Italian student friends, or the boys at the Erasmus meeting point (they organise trips, and social events for the international students, aswell as helping you out with any queries if they can!), and ask them about the different courses, and what the teachers are like. Because although I hate to say it, you're mark depends on how much of a swot you are, and how nice the teacher feels like being. The exams are all oral, so therefore are not anonymous, fair and just. It's all exam politics here, giving the right impression, asking lots of questions in class and always sitting at the front to be seen to be attending. For some modules you will be expected to do exactly the same as the other Italian students, and for some you will have to do less than half the workload, though unfortunately for you, or fortunately if you are a lucky person, you will have to take a stab in the dark as much as we did! Just choose something that you think you will be interested in, and that you already have some knowledge about.
University started out as something I HAD to do. It was the normal thing to do after graduating from high school. I picked engineering because my favorite subjects had always been math, physics and anything scientific. I got through my first three years (bachelor degree) not really convinced, but I did finish and in time. Then something changed before going forward with my Master of Science. I wanted to be the best and I was curious and wanted to learn everything. And that's what I did. I finished with top grades, youngest graduate and in time.
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