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Universität des Saarlandes (UDS)

84 reviews
3.92 / 5 based on 84 reviews
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saudade
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Leiria, Portugal
Translation/Interpretation, Graduate, Erasmus
Universität des Saarlandes
5.0/5
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 German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Well I have chosen Germany, because I would like to improve my German. Here it is possible to learn all languages, due to a multi-varity people. However, I have always in german spoken because I wanted. So, at the end I can say that I have learnt a lot.
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saudade
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Leiria, Portugal
Translation/Interpretation, Graduate, Erasmus
Universität des Saarlandes
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Because lifestandards in Germany are higher than in Portugal.Otherwise, this is an unique experience and therefore we want to enjoy it as far as possible.
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Housing, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone:
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
No banktransfers!!! Get your money direct from the machines!!!You will save a lot!
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saudade
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Leiria, Portugal
Translation/Interpretation, Graduate, Erasmus
Universität des Saarlandes
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
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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
It's quite hard to make friendschip with the Germans. However, once made it they are nice people. Unfortunately there is no academic week as in Portugal. There isn't either a party at the end of the course.
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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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saudade
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Leiria, Portugal
Translation/Interpretation, Graduate, Erasmus
Universität des Saarlandes
4.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Its diffucult to make friendship with German people.
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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
3
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
There should be night courses. In the second semester I have made a traineeship a I would like to have attended some subjects in the University. German subjects should occur 2 or 3 times in thw eek and not omly one.
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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
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
There is a lot pf places that you can visit in Saarland (Bostal See, Saarschleif, Deutsch-Französicher Garten, ...). We are near from France and Luxembourg. Through the University, you call also travel to other german cities or countries (very cheap!!).
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saudade
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Leiria, Portugal
Translation/Interpretation, Graduate, Erasmus
Universität des Saarlandes
5.0/5
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
Cinemas: Uni Kino; Cine Star; Scala Kinos, Passage Kino; Theater: Stadt Theater; Museums: Geologisches Museum; Discos: Canossa (Uni); N8 Werk; Lk Disco (Farafina); Garage; Cafes: Alex Brasserie; Coyote Café; St. Johanner Marktplazt; Tante Maya; Saar Gallerie; For walk: Deutsch-Französicher Garten; Bostal See; Berliner Promenade; Garten an der Saar; Fussgängerzone; Shops: Karstadt; Kaufhof; Saar Gallerie; Real; Globus; Dm; Plus; Aldi; Lidl;
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saudade
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Leiria, Portugal
Translation/Interpretation, Graduate, Erasmus
Universität des Saarlandes
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Because it allows us to have contact with other students and cultures. So we can learn a lot about this country and also about other countries and customs.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Well, after the first semester I had to move on, because the Erasmus Students can only one semester remain. The room was quite good with kitchen and bad and quite large.However, when I arrived, at the first day, it was not very cleaned!!! We had Internet connection free and that is very helfull for our projects and it also allows us to remain in contact with our friends in our home country.
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