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UniversitÚ de Savoie

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3.84 / 5 based on 98 reviews
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Stephen
University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Savoie
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Certainly improved whilst I was out there, but I found it difficult to integrate with the french students. I found myself speaking french with the other foreign students, but by doing this they would not correct my mistakes. Also they continually insisted that I help them learn my language rather than the local.
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Stephen
University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Savoie
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Found myself taking more rmoney out from cash machines to cover the charge of withdrawal, and then I would just spend the cash. Generally just bad with finances though. Alot of things could've been alot cheaper if I was better with my finance.
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Telephone, Housing, Travel, Nightlife, Food, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Stephen
University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Savoie
1.2/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Look carefully at what you are signing up to and the level at which they begin.
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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
Exam conditions are shockingly bad. I found it difficult to find anyone to help me figure out what i should be taking.
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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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Stephen
University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Savoie
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The only thing is I wish I had been better informed of the housing situation.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I would reccomend the area, the culture is very friendly and accomodating. The University however I felt was accademicaly unorganised. I would definately reccomend the area, particular if you're interested in winter sports as this is a prime location for carrying these out.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
I had an amazing time, the key to having a good time is being outgoing, and independant. I would not have met so many wonderful people if I had not been both of these, and I know other people that had awful times, but in my opinion this was down to their lack of effort to integrate with the other students.
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Stephen
University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Savoie
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
O'Cardinals is a very friendly bar where they are open to students and particularly like the exchange students coming over. RDC is a good place for a dance, but the bouncers can be quite "difficult".
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Stephen
University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ de Savoie
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
I would chose to live on campus because it would provide more opportunity to integrate with the home students.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I was not given a choice to be based on campus, and compared to British University housing systems I found them to be very unhelpful. In my view priority for housing should be related to the distance travelled to the university.
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