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UniversitÓ di Bologna

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4.12 / 5 based on 463 reviews
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anonymous
University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
European Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
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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anonymous
University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
European Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Internet and telephone are expensive in Italy, as is energy. Food is cheaper. I travelled the whole country though so that required some money.
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Housing, Telephone, Overall, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife:
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
Check out if your own bank has a deal with any bank of your host country - you may save the withdrawal commission.
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anonymous
University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
European Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
I studied at MIREES, Institute for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe, and they had plenty of high profile courses in English. As an Erasmus you also got all flexibility you needed.
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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
Access to libraries and the internet was a problem, as was the communication with the administrative staff - Italians can be very lazy when it comes to replying emails, even important ones.
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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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anonymous
University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
European Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
If I had known how many and how good courses, available in English, they were offering, I could have sorted the equivalences with my home university better.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Go there to study and to travel, if you go. In ForlÝ there are other students too, but certainly not that many as in Bologna. So if it's nightlife and 'ordinary Erasmus' that you're after, go to a bigger place.
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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
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
When travelling in Italy, skip the north. The south is much more fun.
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anonymous
University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
European Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
My campus was located in a small and somewhat dull city called ForlÝ, where the best 'club' was a sort of cultural centre named Arci; cheap drinks, easy-going people and good rock. As for Bologna itself, I can recommend Contavalli, where I knew the owner. Ask for a drink called 'Pompa idraulico'.
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anonymous
University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
European Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Own flat is, after all, your own - barring the landlord. Greater freedom, and the feeling that you are a real resident in your new home town.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I got my flat through a good local friend, and was lucky enough to land in a single room. Many Italian students share their rooms with another person, which I could have personally found slightly inconvenient.
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