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UniversitÚ de Provence Aix-Marseille I

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3.83 / 5 based on 58 reviews
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Julia
University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Provence Aix-Marseille I
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: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
My stay in France helped me a lot to improve my French skills, both spoken and written and I also acquired a lot of new vocabulary that I just never would have used before in the UK for the simple reason that I never needed to
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Julia
University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Provence Aix-Marseille I
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
I had to use public phones (buying international phone cards) to call abroad) food is cheaper in france than in the UK housing is cheaper as well, especially university accomodation
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel, Overall, Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Housing, Food:
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
stay in Uni accomodation, and, if entitled to, apply for the CAF (caisse d'allocations familiales)
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Julia
University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Provence Aix-Marseille I
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
lectures are delivered on a much more theoretical level than at my home university and last longer (up to 3hours), self study is therefore necessary
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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
split some really long lectures into 2 short ones instead of one long lecture in order for students to be able to concentrate better
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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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Julia
University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Provence Aix-Marseille I
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known before that I could also have stayed in Marseille University accomodation
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
To go there not expecting it to be like a British University, being prepared to rely a lot more on yourself rather than on tutors/lecturers definately very useful to learn the language and learn different aspects in translation/interpreting studies
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
travel tip: explore "provences alpes cote d'azur", STUNNING landscape, definately worth renting a car to see the region better than by bus/coach money saving tip: staying in the "CitÚ Universitaire" in Marseille and travel to Aix to attend lectures (cleaner and more modern)
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Julia
University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Provence Aix-Marseille I
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Marseille is a very lively place by night. Aix-en-Provence itself is much more quiet, more a "go out for a coffee" place
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Julia
University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Provence Aix-Marseille I
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Because I would have more space for myself.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The prices are very reasonable, cleanliness however left much to be desired.
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