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UniversitÓ di Bologna

58 Languages Reviews
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Fiona
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ di Bologna
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
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Personal comments
The language course offered by the ERASMUS programme left a lot to be desired academically but was a good opportunity to meet the other foreign students out there. In my first term I lived entirely with Italians and it was eventually a very alienating experience. You have to remember that no matter how fantastic your language skills are you just don't have the cultural background to be able to blend in completely- think about how many conversations you have at uni about your common experiences (ie. South Park, Bag Puss) and imagine a group of people taliking about the same sort of things but you just don't get it and that is basically the key to the reason why one can never really go native!!
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Mimi
Link÷pings Universitet, Linkoping, Sweden
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ di Bologna
5.0/5
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: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
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Personal comments
Due to the fact that English not is very useful in Italy I had the best oppertunities to learn the local language even faster, I today I know it quite well. Even though it was difficult in the beginning the experience of social obstacles and not knowing a language is very important. Furthermore I was constantly supported and well understood by native speakers and staff at the university that showed great understandning.
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anonymous
Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Communication and Information Sciences, Graduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ di Bologna
5.0/5
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: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
As most Italians don't speak other languages you have to speak Italian. Also among Erasmusstudents Italian is often thÚ language. I guess because I met a lot of Spanish people and as I don't speak Spanish and they most of the times didn't speak English, Italian was the most appropriate language. And in the end you get used to thinking in Italian and it got even quite difficult to use English after a while!
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anonymous
University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
European Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ di Bologna
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 Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
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 Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
It actually came as a surprise that there were so many courses in English where to choose from. I had prepared myself to struggle with academic Italian, yet finally chose only courses taught in English, for they were really interesting and Master's level. It admittedly held back my Italian skills, but since the quality of the courses was so good I have no regrets.
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clara
Brown University, Providence, United States
Humanities, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ di Bologna
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: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The beauty of Bologna is that it is not, unlike other popular Italian study-abroad spots, a tourist attraction. As a result, beyond the international students who speak your language, you'd be hard pressed to find a city citizen who speaks your language well. If you make an effort, they will speak to you in Italian. So make an effort from the beginning!
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Pablo
Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
Law, Graduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ di Bologna
5.0/5
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: Basic phrases
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
For us spanish it is easy to understand italian language, even if we don't know anything when we arrive. Speaking it could be a little bit more difficult and it is true that lots of spanish guys are back in our country and they dont speak correctly italian, but if you want and make a small effort, you will be able!
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