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Universität zu Köln (UNIKOELN)

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4.03 / 5 based on 288 reviews
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Stéphanie C
Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Business Studies, Graduate, CEMS
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
It was just more expensive than what I use to have...
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Telephone, Housing, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Travel, Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
No idea... I'll have to think about that.
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Stéphanie C
Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Business Studies, Graduate, CEMS
Academic
Course recommendations
Choice of courses very limited in my exchange program (CEMS). Courses taught in English as well as German (you have to know both languages to succeed!)
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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
If the UoC wants to become more international, it should offer more courses taught in English... Having to choose at least 1 or 2 courses in German scares the people off.
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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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Stéphanie C
Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Business Studies, Graduate, CEMS
Overall
I wish I had known...
I might have wanted more information about all the administrative work I would have to do (register at the city hall, open a German bank account, contact company to get Internet in my room, sign 2-3 documents for housing, ...) It was a bit overwhelming and time-consuming in the beginning.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The UoC is a very good university (good academic level, nice people and teachers, interersting courses)... I would therefore recommend it to all (German speaking!) students who wish to study in Germany.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Be zen, bring big coat, gloves and scarf to survive winter and visit the Christmas markets ... :)
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Stéphanie C
Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Business Studies, Graduate, CEMS
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
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
Good learning experience. Germans are really patient with people learning their language.
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Stéphanie C
Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Business Studies, Graduate, CEMS
Housing
Type of housing: Student dorm out of the city
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Shorter commuting time
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Very spacious and well organized.
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Stéphanie C
Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Business Studies, Graduate, CEMS
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Christmas markets... and Carnival! :)
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