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UniversitÚ Stendhal-Grenoble 3

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4.06 / 5 based on 89 reviews
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rprobst
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I relish in my independence, especially in new surroundings in which I want to explore freely. I initially lived with a host family upon arriving in Grenoble, but found it difficult to pursue both my goals of extensive travel and integration into the host family's environment.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I did not live in accommodations provided by the university.
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rprobst
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
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
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
none
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rprobst
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
Personal spending habits
More on telephone expenses because I used a cell phone and was without a fixed home line. The occasion to speak with friends often is tempting, so the cell phone bill was definitely higher than my normal home phone bill. Accommodation was more, because the private organization I went through simply charged such a rate. Nightlife was more, because I could go out more since school work was not so demanding as at my home university.
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Nightlife, Travel, Overall, Telephone, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
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
none
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rprobst
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Academic
Course recommendations
A wider array for international students would be beneficial. Students studying for the academic year need to have more course options presented to them in order to not be bored with the current repetitive courses.
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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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rprobst
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Overall
I wish I had known...
Yes, that it really would not have been necessary to pay a private company to enroll me in school, set up my living arragements, etc. That I could have saved myself thousands and thousands of dollars if I would have gone 'independently'. And largely, the same opportunities as a student would have been open to me as all the other international students.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
3
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Its setting in the Alps is magnificent and perfect for those enthusiastic about the mountains. The program set up for international students is progressive, yet would benefit from certain additions and modifications.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
What I enjoyed the most were the mountainous surroundings and the centrality of Grenoble. Switzerland, Italy and Spain were great destinations, if even just for a couple of days, being relatively close to Grenoble. High speed trains leave often from Grenoble making it a great starting point for any destination. The experience will perhaps remain unprecedented for much time to come.
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rprobst
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
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 linguistic experience was somewhat limited, as I chose to travel each weekend, often outside of France. I have no regrets, just that I wish that when I was in France, I would have been even more perseverent in employing and building upon my French language skills.
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