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Université Lumière: Lyon II

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3.94 / 5 based on 76 reviews
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Catherine
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université Lumière: Lyon II
5.0/5
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: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
My understanding of the French language was fluent before I studied in Lyon, but my speaking skills were not as good. I think that I really improved my speaking skills by being able to interact with students, and by being forced to speak with others in my day-to-day activities.
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Catherine
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université Lumière: Lyon II
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I worked, but it was illegal/cash in hand work
Personal spending habits
Buying cell phone credit was expensive (about 100 euros a 1 1/2 months); I experienced more of the nightlife than I do at home; being in Europe, I traveled more.
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Overall, Nightlife, Telephone, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Housing:
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
Perhaps invest in a cell phone plan instead of buying mobicartes for phone credit. Otherwise, any cost-saving tips you apply at home would suffice in France.
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Catherine
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université Lumière: Lyon II
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Some of the courses don't have a separate discussion section where students dive deeper into the material so as a foreign student, lectures were a bit hard to understand.
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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
Most of the courses I took had one final grade, and as a foreign student, it is hard to have a grade based solely on one final exam. Also, it can be hard to make friends in class because all French students take the same classes in their major and form friendships beginning in their first year of university.
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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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Catherine
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université Lumière: Lyon II
5.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
No. I loved every moment of it and wish I could go back!
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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
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The university was reasonable. The problem is that it went on a 2 month long strike at one point during my stay which affected my classes and my grades.
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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
Loved it! If you go ready to experience something new, and open to new things, you will enjoy yourself.
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Catherine
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université Lumière: Lyon II
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Best nightlife: Ayers Rock, Sevilla Cafe, St. James Pub, L'Addresse, The Loft, The First, Ninkasi, Wallace, Comptoir de la Bourse Best Cafes: Cafe de la Ficelle, Le Republique, Friendly Cafe, The Travel Bookstore Cafe, Cafe de la Cathedrale, Cafe Bellecour, Cafe Bossan Events: Festival of Lights, Summer parties on the Quai, Soccer matches, Concerts, The Christmas market in December Best Spots to hang out: Parc de la Tete D'or on a beautiful day; Rue de la Republique
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Catherine
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université Lumière: Lyon II
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I found a perfect apartment in the sixième arrondissement with 2 French students and 1 other American student. I very much enjoyed that apartment, and got along well with my housemates.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Housing wasn't provided by the university, so we had to find our own apartments. The search was troublesome at first because of the language barrier, but in the end, I found a great place.
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