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Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO)

54 reviews
4.21 / 5 based on 54 reviews
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Leyre B
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my French
How much did you improve your French?
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
My French has improved a lot since I am here, but it is true that it would have not been the case if I had not tried to mixed with French students. Most of my friends here are French.
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Leyre B
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Food, Telephone, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife:
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
Make sure you write to the CAF to get an "allocation" for your accommodation!
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Leyre B
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
Nothing in particular...
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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
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
If you come "à la Catho" you will be able to attend lectures given by some excellent teachers and you can definitely learn a lot from them. Have fun but remember you have lectures starting as early as 8am the next morning!!
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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
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
One thing I have to say is that internet access is REAAAAAALLY bad. Internet cafes are mad expensive. Just make sure when you arrive that you either find a computer room that is usually open and free! or that you get an authorisation if you are an IPLV student (Institut de Langues Vivantes) to have the keys of a computer room. If you plan to travel around buy the 12-25 train card to get between 25 and 50 percent off train tickets. Ah! I forgot to mention: if the place where you are staying does not have a washing machine/dryer be ready to pay around 6€ in the "laverie"! That is all I can think of...
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Leyre B
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
If you are thinking about taking interpreting courses, do not hesitate! Classes are very small (4 to 7 students this year!) and you work and get personal feedback every day! Disadvantage: timetable changes from week to week and can be quite confusing, lectures are cancelled and rescheduled all of the time, there are clashes... Good on the whole though!
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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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Leyre B
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: With a family
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose:
Why?
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Just make sure you send the accommodation form together with the registration form otherwise you will find it EXTREMELY difficult to find accommodation when you arrive. The university will send you addresses of French families who rent rooms to students. If you'd rather live in your own flat/studio start hunting early! it is quite hard to find one plus it can be quite expensive because you need to get an insurance and pay taxes... Halls of residence are not very near the university and unless you contact them 6-8 months before the beginning of the academic year you will not find rooms available! Lodging is one of the main problems here in Angers.
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Leyre B
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel, Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The Mardi Cafes!!!! a MUST! You will be told all about these soiree when you arrive. A great way of meeting French students!
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