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Université Lumière: Lyon II

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3.94 / 5 based on 76 reviews
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keward
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Lumière: Lyon II
3.8/5
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Slightly difficult at the beginning as most French people i met wanted to speak English, and when you don't speak much French it's easy to let them.
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keward
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Lumière: Lyon II
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Spent more on travel as there were more places to visit, more opportunities same on nightlife, although drinks are more expensive i didn't bother going to proper clubs too much so no entrance charges food- more eating out as it's less expensive than at home, and also no cheap brands like at home.
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Food, Overall, Travel, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
CAF - housing benefit, difficult to deal with the actual administration, but worth it. Beware Bank charges for going overdrawn, they happen at the endof the month not when the accidental overdraft occurred. Don't let your landlord keep your deposit ( S Peltat )
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keward
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Lumière: Lyon II
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Really enjoyed the MO 'Mutation de la societe francaise' & ' La nouvelle Russie' Struggled with ' Institutions Internationales et europeennes'
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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
No, the office for international students at the 'Institut d'etudes politiques' was fantastic- really helpful.
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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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keward
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Lumière: Lyon II
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
astronomical phone bills If you're from the Isle of Man you can't get an E128 or E111 so have to get private insurance or pay the securite sociale, do this after you arrive in France not before.
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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
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Sciences Po is quite prestigious in France, so when you tell people what they do they look a lot more impressed than english people would, so it's worth it for that. IEP 'campus' is fairly central, especially near if you're in somewhere like residence Benjamin Dellessert Most staff helpful but very busy, you have to chase them up to talk to them Quite well organised for foreign students, so i would recommend it but check out other options as well. ( I actually had no choice in my placement)
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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
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Get a Carte 12-25 for 50% off on the trains, buy a pass for the TCL, includes metro and bus, about 200FF for a month, and buy it at the start of the month, makes public transport lots cheaper if you use it a lot. Be very aware when walking around at night, try not to be on your own, avoid talking to strangers - OK OK the usual stuff but lots of people i knew had problems with muggings, being followed, being groped in the street, or just general unprovoked aggression.
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keward
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Lumière: Lyon II
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Inside info? erm.. Cafe 203, for cheap 2 course meal and 'cosy' atmosphere Ayers Rock (obviously) The Fete des Lumieres in early dec, streets full of fire & impromptu strippers in Vieux Lyon The fete de la Musique in early July Smoking Dog pub quiz!
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keward
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Lumière: Lyon II
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Enjoyed the freedom of having my own apartment and sharing with just one other person. Plus i miss the balcony!
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I didn't really like the look of the halls of residence, however, university accommodation was probably a better way to meet people, not a lot of French people though.
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