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Université de Picardie Jules Verne

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3.80 / 5 based on 39 reviews
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foflygen
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université de Picardie Jules Verne
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: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I have acquired a better vocabulary and confidence in my French abilities during my stay here. Sometimes it is difficult; I'll have to admit. And, sometimes you feel dumb and embarrassed and want to give up. But, you deal with it and move on and grow. It's an experience I wouldn't change for the world!
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foflygen
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université de Picardie Jules Verne
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
It's hard to compare this system with the one back home because I was given a stipend at my host institution whereas in the States food and lodging was already paid for. If you go through ISEP to come to Université de Picardie Jules Verne, you'll be in for a rude awakening on how much you receive in stipend money. It was barely enough to cover food and lodging at first with scrimping. Then, me and the other ISEP exchange students had to rally together to get an additional 40 Euros, putting the stipend up to 385 Euros per month. Out of that I had to pay 182.84 Euros per month in rent. And, the rest went to food. So, word of caution: make sure you understand your monetary responsibilities before diving into a study abroad program! Also, I spent less on a telephone because I didn't have one. Everyone...I mean EVERYONE...has a cell phone in France. We didn't even have a permanent phone in our apartment. I couldn't afford a cell phone on my stipend or my personal savings. Save a lot of money for travel because the school only takes you on one to two trips per semester (and usually they're only one-day deals). There is an international club called Philéas Fogg. They do trips. But, you have to pay to go on them. Keep that in mind. I had to pay 35 Euros for a weekend trip to the Loire Valley. It was well worth it, though.
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Nightlife, Overall, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
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
Significant financial surprise was that I had to set up a bank account for my stipend when I arrived. I expected that part to be taken care of by the International Office. Also see my comments in number 3. Cost-saving tips: don't buy a cell-phone if you don't need to. I used pre-paid phone cards the whole time (that my Aunt from the States was more than willing to supply me with!). If you plan on going out dancing and drinking, buy your alcohol at the grocery stores and drink at your place beforehand, then go dancing. It's too expensive to drink at the bars. Also, restaurants are expensive as well. You won't be able to afford it on your stipend.
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foflygen
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université de Picardie Jules Verne
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
In my experience, it's best to steer clear of T.D.'s, which stands for Travaux Dirigés. They are the hands-on portion of some courses. They're killer if you haven't been there for the first part of the academic year and have no clue what's going on. I reccommend taking the European Integration course with Mr. Schackenbourg. He's great with international students! Same with Mr. Traverso in Political Theories. If you can though, try to take all your courses in one fac (i.e. Languages, Law, Economics, etc.) instead of diversifying across different facs (like I did) because YOU are the one that has to run around all over eternity to find out when your final exams are for each different fac. They're not all the same time and day. And, usually the professors don't know themselves when they are! So, you usually have to look at the posters in each different fac (department) building.
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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
See number 2 above. And, the French education system is what it is. I don't like that I don't get graded until I take one test at the very end of a semester. But, that's the whole French system not just this particular university. Also, the administration is not really effective when it comes to organization or communication (see number 2 above again).
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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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foflygen
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université de Picardie Jules Verne
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known how poor I really was going to be. Even though I had saved some money before going, it still wasn't enough.
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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
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The location is great for travelling. You can get to Paris within an hour and a half. It's also close to Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and (fairly close to) England. The administration is lacking, though. I felt like the international students were not treated fairly by the International Office when we asked for an increase in our stipend money. They specifically seemed to give the attitude of "well, you're from the States, you're rich!". I was actually told one time when I said I didn't have enough money that maybe I should borrow some off of one of my American friends (one of the other American exchange students). Also, I don't think the professors know how to deal with specifically ISEP-International Student Exchange Program-students (it's a fairly new program at this university). They can deal with ERASMUS students effectively because the program has been around long enough. Overall, I would still reccommend this university to students. No place is going to be perfect and it just is a different culture and mentality. So, the problems I've ran into aren't necessarily reserved to the university itself, but culture shock.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Don't bring your whole life with you from home. You don't need tons of clothes. That's half the fun of coming to a different country-shopping! Helpful advice: Once again, save, save and save some more money for the trip. You'll never have too much money...especially for travelling. Oh, yeah, the ISIC (International Student I.D. Card) does NOT get you TONS of discounts. I only had to specifically use it two times during my whole 5-month stay. Once for my reduced airfare and the other time for a reduction to ride the Bateaux Mouches (boats) on the Seine River in Paris.
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foflygen
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université de Picardie Jules Verne
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Favorite night spots include the My Goodness Irish Pub, Le Zeppelin Bar, Copacabana, Le Lipstick (a little pricey on a student budget, but worth it at least once. Best pizza place: Via Pizza. Cultural stops: Jules Verne's house/museum (not very big, but mustn't miss the slide-back bookcase!). Biggest tourist attraction: Notre Dame Cathedral of Amiens (bigger and better than the one in Paris...by far!), Les Hortillonnages (floating gardens)
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foflygen
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Université de Picardie Jules Verne
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
It gives you more independance to come and go as you please as opposed to living with a family or in a dorm that has a lock down time.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
They had a shortage of accommodations for the international students when I arrived. So, I was put in "temporary" housing until they could find me something more permanent. They ended up placing me with two very nice French students (actually cousins!). However, my experience was not the same as the other exchange students. Most of the other exchange students live on-campus in the dorms, which I have been told are disgusting and roach infested (and this information is not just from students!).
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