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Universitšt Bielefeld

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3.56 / 5 based on 19 reviews
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MikaŽl
Sciences Po Paris, Paris, France
Sociology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitšt Bielefeld
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
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
The University offers a language course in September: it was pretty useful, not only as a language course, but also because we could get used to live in a German-speaking area a month before the semester actually began.
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MikaŽl
Sciences Po Paris, Paris, France
Sociology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitšt Bielefeld
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
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Nightlife, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Housing, Telephone, Overall, 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
none
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MikaŽl
Sciences Po Paris, Paris, France
Sociology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitšt Bielefeld
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The Kommentiertes Vorlesungsverzeichnis (= Commented Course Catalogue) is available online: http://www.uni-bielefeld/ekvv
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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
none
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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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MikaŽl
Sciences Po Paris, Paris, France
Sociology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitšt Bielefeld
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
One of the greatest clichťs about Germany is that the weather is absolutely awful... Well, soon after you settle in Bielefeld, you discover that the weather is actually... abolsutely awful.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
1
Costs
4
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Get out of the University! There are so much services in this giant building that one could live only between it and the hall of residence...
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
2
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Bielefeld is near some great German cities: living there you will have the occasion to see Cologne, Dusseldorf, Bonn, Hannover, Bremen, Hamburg and even Maastricht or Amsterdam. Bielefeld is indeed a ďsmallĒ city with lots of students... but one is not obliged to stay here for the whole year!
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MikaŽl
Sciences Po Paris, Paris, France
Sociology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitšt Bielefeld
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Lots of parties organised by the University (Faculty of Sociology...).
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MikaŽl
Sciences Po Paris, Paris, France
Sociology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitšt Bielefeld
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
My original project was to live with other German students in a Wohngemeinschaft (= WG, common apartment), but the University managed to find me a room on the
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The Studentenwerk (which provides services for the students) has a lot of halls of residence near the University and in Bielefeld, with single rooms or WGs. All the rooms are clean and quite nice.
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