I didn't have to pass any exams, so my view is probably different to that of someone who had to - I think I would find it tough going if I had to.
I only had to study courses worth 30 ECTS points. At the beginning of the year I started several courses, then dropped the ones I disliked until I was down to 30pts.
I didn't do the exams, although that was more to save 440Ç rent, not because I particularly disliked the exams.
For some reason it was much easier to get to know other international students than French students; I'm not really sure why that is.
For some reason French uni classes are like being in school, with, in my experience, more formal teacher-student relationships than in Britain (the teacher is called "monsieur" (well, assuming he's male); once the classroom was empty, but everyone waited until he had entered before they went in).
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