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mattp31530
Swansea Institute of Higher Education, Swansea, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Nantes
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The course if I am honest was rather boring. Lengthy periods of dictation from lecturers with little student participation was not always very interesting. I felt that in the UK we are encouraged to think a bit more rather than just follow the 'rules'.
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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 French system is quite different to the system of the UK, therefore be prepared to work harder and spend more time at uni than you do in the UK.
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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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mattp31530
Swansea Institute of Higher Education, Swansea, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Nantes
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Spanish
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
1
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It is Ok, however the students are quite young (18) as it is like a preparation school for uni. It is fairly small therefore staff are friendly and approachable.
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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
4
Final comments
Be careful not to saty with people who are natives from your country. I saw many people like this, especially among Brits and Irish. When they came to the end of their year their language ability was still very poor. Buy an under 26 travel card once in France. This gives you 50% reduction on public transport.
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mattp31530
Swansea Institute of Higher Education, Swansea, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Nantes
3.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
student loan
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Cinema, public transport, tobacco and alcohol from shops was cheaper, however, chocolate, mobile phone bills and drinking in bars was more expensive.
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Telephone, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, 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
Any student must register with the CAF. This will allow you to claim money from the state to assist with lodging costs. It is a slightly lengthy process but well worth it as noramally you be able to clain 40% of your rent back.
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mattp31530
Swansea Institute of Higher Education, Swansea, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Nantes
4.5/5
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: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I made really rapid progress and communicating after a couple of months was no problem at all. Each day I would often learn a new word or phrase as I spent most my time with French or Latin people.
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mattp31530
Swansea Institute of Higher Education, Swansea, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Nantes
3.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: halls of residence
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
It would be better to have a personalised place which would allow me more fredom, ie my own kitchen, lounge etc.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The accomadation was fairly basic however, it was an ideal place to meet lots of different people from lots of different countries. There were many evenings spent playing cards or having a drink where there would be 5 or 6 nationalities in one room.
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mattp31530
Swansea Institute of Higher Education, Swansea, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Nantes
4.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel, Nightlife: 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
My favourite bar was definitely 'Le sal gosse, (the naughty kid!) Really cool music with a young and fun clientele and friendly staff. 'Le lieu Unique' is more of a nightclub which is well worth a visit. Used to be a biscuit factory but was converted by the Mere of Nantes to offer local DJs and artists the chance to perform. As with most French cities there is a couple of Irish pubs. The John McBurns is ideally located and friendly too with the usual array of Irish liquor for sale. Traditional Irish music by local musicians on a Sunday.
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