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UniversitÚ de Franche-ComtÚ (UFC)

54 reviews
3.90 / 5 based on 54 reviews
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Jessica
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Franche-ComtÚ
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
Small classes meant that you always had to follow the lesson but it also meant you could ask if you didnt understand. The course I did, LEA had french students studying English on it too, so there was lots of opportunity for working together and helping each other. In general speaking with other international students is easier because its at a slower pace and you've got a lot in common, but my french improved the most by talking to French students.
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Jessica
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Franche-ComtÚ
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Because at home I don't often go and visit friends at other universities. Whereas I've used this year to explore France, visiting friends down south, and also given Besanšon's location I've managed to see a bit of Switzerland and Germany too.
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Travel, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, 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
none
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Jessica
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Franche-ComtÚ
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I followed a specific third year course rather than chosing modules here and there and found that it was easier to keep track of what was going on with the courses and make better friends as a result.
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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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Jessica
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Franche-ComtÚ
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
no
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
The town is big enough to keep you entertained for a year, the french people are on the whole very welcoming and we had a great erasmus equipe of about 100 people.
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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
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Living in town you don't need a car, but to explore the region (which is stunning) you do need your own transport. However for longer journeys the trains are very good- especially if you book well enough in advance to get 50% discount. My main advice would be to remember that you're not the most important group of people at university in terms of enrolement and timetabling. Just be aware of what's going on and try to find a french student to help you out after they've sorted themselves out.
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Jessica
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Franche-ComtÚ
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Bar de l'U does an excellent Erasmus night on a Tues, fantastic for meeting other international and french students. In the summer swimming in the river up at the Loue is a must.
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Jessica
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Franche-ComtÚ
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Because campus is out of town and far from my facultÚ so would have to rely on the buses.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Appartments come unfurnished so there's extra cost and effort needed there. But it was worth the effort, most Erasmus students lived on Campus though and were envious of our flat.
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