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UniversitÚ de Haute Alsace (UHA)

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3.46 / 5 based on 26 reviews
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Amy
Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Haute Alsace
2.5/5
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
With regards to written language I improved quite alot due to course work however the lack of social interaction with the French students and the locals meant that my spoken language did no become fluent like I had expected it would.
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Amy
Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Haute Alsace
5.0/5
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
Food and clothes shopping was very cheap so I saved alot in that aspect. The night life was not as hectic as in DCU so we used to go to the cinema or have small gatherings in our dorms instead of going clubbing.
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Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone, Housing, Food, Overall, Nightlife:
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
If you buy a bus ticket, you can use it as many times as you want within the hour! Clothes are cheap and the shops are very nice.
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Amy
Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Haute Alsace
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
There was a free French course provided by the University for foreign students that took place every Thursday and Friday. It covered everthing from cultural references to pronounciation to grammar. I found it an excellent help to my French. Also there's a language learning lab called CLAM where you can pick up a new langauge in your free time.
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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 Internet access and library were pretty dissmal -the library closed at 6 every day as did the computer rooms. This was very inconvenient for foreighn students who do not ahve PCs. In order to print any course work I had to take a trip to the city centre!
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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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Amy
Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Haute Alsace
3.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known what the place was like because I would not have gone if I had known. Mulhouse is not a suitable university for foreign students. It provides none of the necessary environments for meeting and mixing and I really considered a dangerous hostile surrounding (and thats my opinion having come from one year living and working in Chile, South America!)
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In my opinion:
Stay home.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
There should be alot more effort made in the areas of security, facilities and social activities to help local and foreign students mix.
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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
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
1
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
On my first night there I was sprayed with MACE, I was flashed by perverts too many times to count and on a regular basis I had strange guys knocking on my bedroom door during the night so me and the other Erasmus girls had to keep our mobile phones on all the time just to feel safe. 3 girls left during the year as a result of this unsafe environment.
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Amy
Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Haute Alsace
1.2/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel, Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Some other Erasmus students and I used to take a late train on a Saturday nite to Basel, Switzerland which was a 30 minute train ride away. We would go to the cool pubs and clubs there and take the first train back on Sunday morning. As for Mulhouse, there was a couple of nice cafes and bars but the atmosphere was just no good. One good point - the restauants are quite nice in Mulhouse.
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Amy
Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Haute Alsace
1.2/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
The location of the campus was very near to classes but isolated from other amenities such as shops and leisure activites. The security on campus was non-existant and it was badly needed. Living on campus made it very difficult to meet French people who mostly lived closer to the city centre.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Having spent two years on campus in Ireland I was very disappointed with what I found were my living arrangements on the Mulhouse campus. The dorms were open for anyone to walk in off the street and I felt very unsafe as a result. There was no security and no facilites. On my floor 40 people-guys and girls had to share 3 toilets and 3 showers. There was one washing machine and one TV for a building of 160 people. The building was up on a badly-lit hill isolated from any shops or even a bus route.
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