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UniversitÚ de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences: Aix-Marseille III

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Evan
California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÚ de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences: Aix-Marseille III
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: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Aix provided the perfect stage to develop french language skills to any desired Niveau. Really it just comes to putting in the effort. If you want to become fluent, you will with the right effort and persistence. If you want to socialize only with anglophones or with whatever your dialect is... dont expect to proress much. My recommendation would be to go out alot, speak with and socialize with Frenchies.
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Evan
California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÚ de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences: Aix-Marseille III
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Government assistance<br> A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
After all the i's were dotted and the whatnot, I spent roughly 14,000-16000 for the ten month period which included everything from my flight etc. It was expensive not doubt, but in reality I could have avoided a few thousand. Myself, like many other students spent an exuberant amount of money the first two months going out and wasting money on needless activities because we were unfamiliar with the system in France. Had I known what I know now I am certian that I could have lived on substantially less. ALso realize that there are financial aid for students in France like the CAF that would have aided in the financial burden. In short Aix is expensive, but well worthwhile, and there are many students who live off of 600E a month and do fine. I just had an inclination to travel all over western europe and go out 3-4+ times a week...
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Overall, Telephone, Nightlife, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Housing:
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
You need a bank accout and proper rent agreements to get CAF assistance. Also apply for the assistance as soon as possible as funds take time to be delivered. Also note that you cant cask American checks in France... or atleast it is very difficult. Lastly, use either credit cards or credit unions to minimize transaction and currency conversion costs.
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Evan
California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÚ de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences: Aix-Marseille III
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I was in a relatively structured program for language learners so my slelction was limited. If I were to do it again I would have taken more french courses so I could have taken courses with french students at the university. On that same note though I viewed studying abroad as more of a cultural life experience so wasn't as interested in the academic side as much as immersing and enjoying life.
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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
The system is a bit different from the anglo system on several differnt levels. Grading, teacher student interaction, and general course structure. I for one enjoyed the academic structure. Teachers are more critical and openly corrective of students, there is generally less work, and in my case less tests than at my home university. Suggestions.. I really dont have any.
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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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Evan
California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÚ de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences: Aix-Marseille III
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
That it was only a year but would impact my life in such a profound way and to cherish every minute of every day like it was going to be my last.
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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
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Do it. Though realize happiness is an inside job and you make your experience what you want it to be.
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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
2
Final comments
Enjoy yourself. Once you get the travel bug thouhg your life will never be the same.
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Evan
California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÚ de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences: Aix-Marseille III
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife, Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
There was this reggea spot called Bar Sextius I believe that was alot of fun. Someone else mentioned Le Mistral but I found it overpriced and overrated. To be honest there are a good amount of clubs open until 2am, then everything shuts down. Realize too that alot of the clubs are run by the mofia so clubs change hands in mysterious and often brutal ways. For example, one owner was killed and the club set on fire one night I was in town. Basically, ask the students who live there at the moment. Regardless, there is alot of nightlife to be found and enjoyed every night of the week, Just remember, pre-drinking is key as drink can and do get expensive.
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Evan
California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÚ de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences: Aix-Marseille III
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I wouldn't have changed a thing about my housing arangement. I was basically with a familly but was housed in the guest house with two french students. The house was amazing and had a sizeable front and back yard with barbeque. Further, it was located near the centre ville... well about 10-15 minute by foot.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
My program had a housing director who was utterly useless. Fortunately, the director at the international institute was wonderful and had numerous useful contacts. I nthe end I paid too much, but had an ideal situation that would have been near impossible to duplicate on a budget of 300-400E a month. I paid 490E by the way. For the budget minded, there are plenty of apartments available if you understand the language and are willing to devote a week to finding a proper place.
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