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UniversitÓ Degli Studi di Perugia

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4.12 / 5 based on 81 reviews
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winslet
University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Degli Studi di Perugia
0.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
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
You will take what you put into it. This is an area that unless you go to extraordinary lenghs to improve, will disappoint you even after a year, if only for the fact that you are just beginning to master it when it's time to leave. I made a conscious effort to find tandem partners to meet up with to practice speaking, because my comprehension of the language has improved more than 100%, and included in that are reading and listening skills. Though to be actively using the language yourself through speach of writing takes practice.
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winslet
University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Degli Studi di Perugia
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
The general cost of living out here is definitely cheaper, and after a while like anywhere else you learn where to shop, eat out and go out in order to spend your pennies more wisely. Travel was more obviously because I tried to see as much of Italy as I could, but the uni runs very economical trips away too. Then of course I have spent a small fortune on the phone as nearly all student properties are without a landline, even properties in general don't have this luxury, so inevitably if I didn't want to go to the phonebox every single time I wanted to call someone, I'd just use my mobile...oh dear! All I can say is be careful, but you'll all blatantly do the same!
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Overall, Travel, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Food:
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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winslet
University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Degli Studi di Perugia
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
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.
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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
Here it is the students that do the chasing. If you need something then ask, and keep asking until you are blue in the face! Be prepared to wait until you can't feel your legs anymore, and never let them put you down, you have just as much of a right to be there and to be seen to as quickly and as efficiently as everyone else- just keep reminding yourself of that!! As I said before, be clever. Know your teachers! and be honest about your ability and what would be a reasonable compromise.
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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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winslet
University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Degli Studi di Perugia
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Finding out these things is all part of the experience!
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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
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
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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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
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I would totally recommend studying out here. You have the advantage of being able to study the Italian language at the most prestigious foreigner's uni in Italy. You are a 2/3 hour train ride from the capital. There is a very lively student population and you won't ever know what it means to 'hang out on the steps' unless you come here!!
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winslet
University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Degli Studi di Perugia
0.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
During the colder months, Caffe Morlacchi, on Piazza Morlacchi is where you'll find the studenty crowd necking their espresso's. The music there is alternative and timeless, and they have live nights on mon. Cavaliere, is the foreign student's hang out, usually filled to the brim with Americans though on a tues night, but one of the rare places where they play hip-hop and R&B, and the guys that Dj there also work for one of the three clubs in the centre, and so it's never too hard to get yourself a free pass-if you're female that is! Bar Birraio, is a very relaxed, arty bar, with music that gives Caffe Morlacchi a run for it's money-and they do glasses of sangria for E2.50, and you get free nibbles! The clubs in the centre are unfortunately over-cramped and under air-conditioned, the music selections are abismaal-Eurotrash all the way, though you will inevitably end up trying them out for size, though if they really don't take your fancy, don't despair coz the bars stay open till 2 every night of the week, which for us poor deprived-of-drinking-time-Brits, usually suffices! The one decent place in town is Velvet, with commercial house, but be prepared to take part in the fashion wars! The big discoteca's are on the outskirts, and are only open on sat night, but the goon news is that you can take a free bus there and back to most of them, from the square outside of the foreigner's uni. The main public event's to take place here are Eurochocolate, around October, which is basically just one big open-air chocolate shop, with the odd spectacle like carving figures out of blocks of chocolate in the main high street and then giving the chippings away for free-min you, remember that they have been trodden on by the artistes!! The other is the Umbria Jazz festival which takes place in the first half of July, which attracts hoards of people and artists as great as Sting, Van Morrison and James Brown-who I will be seeing live this year!
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winslet
University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Degli Studi di Perugia
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?
Campus accomodation isn't offered to foreign students in Perugia, but as long as you leave yourself enough time to be able to be a bit choosy, you will find a place that you like, for the right price and most importantly living with Italian students.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
none
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