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UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze

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3.98 / 5 based on 172 reviews
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Joel
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
being new to an area means you want to discover new places and try new things, which results in spending more, it was worth it though, it's all part of learning the culture.
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Housing, Food, Nightlife, Telephone, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel:
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
cost saving tips for train travel, use www.trenok.it, for travelling to other countries use ryanair, booking enough in advance can mean amazing savings (I went to Sardinia for 20 euros from Pisa!). Go to restaurants and try their local foods, its a great way of learning new words and taking in a bit of culture too, eating out is not as pricey as the UK either, so, sometimes it's cheaper to eat out than go to the supermarket and cook yourself!
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skazedon
Karl Franzens Universitńt Graz, Graz, Austria
Education, Secondary, Graduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Fantastic but very demanding Italian literature and linguistic courses! Prof. Massimo Fanfani (linguistics) is great speaks slowly and is very helpful! Avoid English literature classes with a certain Pugliati - dreadful pronunciation and unfair! Talk to your teachers - they are very helpful and definitely want to pass you! Classes last the whole year - try to take mid-term exams whenever possible.
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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 libraries are a desaster! There are very little computers on the campus. (Try Via Alfani - for law students only but open till 11 p.m.). And please pleas get an air condition - the heat in summer kills you!
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vannucca
Georgetown University, Washington DC, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
It was VERY different from the American University system, but this is one of the things that made me learn so much. You make of it what you can, and if you chose not to interact with teachers and other students, then you certainly aren't encouraged to. If you do chose to, however, you benefit. In these courses I did learn an incredible amount about the subject matter, which was very gratifying.
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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
I was frustrated with Georgetown because they would only give me credits for certain courses, and our courseload in the spring was greater than a normal Italian studen't courseload.
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anonymous
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
History, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Make sure you have a student visa and if possible, that the Uni. is aware of the exchange program with your university. It would have helped to have a contact person at the university.
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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
1
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Very strongly, but mainly for the experience of living in Florence, not for the university 'spirit'. It's a multi-campus place so there's no real central meeting ground within the uni.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
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
See as much of Italy as you can while you're there. See if you can work your timetable so you have a day or so off a week to do this.
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anonymous
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
History, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Because nightlife is expensensive (eg drinks, dinners). Rent is more expensive than at home, unless you share a bedroom.
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Travel, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Overall, Housing, Nightlife, Telephone:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
The commission paid to an 'agency' when we found a place to rent. It was equal to one month's rent. Phonecalls home were okay because I used a Telecard linked to my home phone bill. Internet access wasn't too bad especially if you bought a few hours all at once. Get a 'biglietto chilometrico' for train travel. MUCH cheaper than buying tickets for every trip, if you don't mind normal (ie not Eurostar) trains.
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Joel
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze
3.8/5
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
Most Italians who you can socialise with, are really interested in meeting a native English speaker who wants to learn their language, and will make an effort to socialise with you and help you. But the initial 'getting to know them' is hard, we found the men are really forward in wanting to know the girls, the Italian women generally don't wanna know anyone but Italian men. And foreign guys are pretty much at a disadvantage, unless your female friends introduce you to their Italian male-friends!
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