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Universiteit Gent (RUG)

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4.11 / 5 based on 260 reviews
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Gonšalo P
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Internship in spin-off company from the Gent Biosciences Eng
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Gent is located in the Flemmish region of Belgium, where Dutch is the native language. However, since almost everyone, of all ages, speaks very good English, it is very easy to adapt and communicate with everyone, students and locals alike
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Gonšalo P
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Internship in spin-off company from the Gent Biosciences Eng
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
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Telephone, Travel, Overall, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Housing:
was the same price as 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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Gonšalo P
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Internship in spin-off company from the Gent Biosciences Eng
Academic
Course recommendations
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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
none
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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
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Gonšalo P
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Internship in spin-off company from the Gent Biosciences Eng
Overall
I wish I had known...
Nothing really in particular. It might be advisable to start making contacts for housing before arriving in Gent itself, in case you are doing this particularly.
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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
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
1
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Good environment, of teachers and colleagues alike. The courses are overall fairly demanding, and the atmosphere is trully international, especially with people from other european countries.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
If you are planning on going for an international experience, you might already know this, but it helps a lot to interact, since the beginning, with as many other groups of people as possible. They will help you overcome most of your problems initially (all the small bureocracies) and become excellent friends and travelling partners later on. The social life was perhaps the most important part of my exchange experience, so be prepared for meeting new and different people from a lot of other places. Guranteed fun! ;)
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Gonšalo P
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Internship in spin-off company from the Gent Biosciences Eng
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly within 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
Several good bars at the city center, and a busy night life, dominated by students, on the Overpoortstraat and surroundings. Culture club should not be missed as the best club in the city. Gentse Feesten in July is the main event of the year and you surely can't miss it, since it is 10 days of music, art and culture in the streets, when the city is highly crowded. Check out Limonada in the center of the city, great cosy place.
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Gonšalo P
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Chemistry, Undergraduate, Internship in spin-off company from the Gent Biosciences Eng
Housing
Type of housing: A room exchange
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: A room exchange
Why?
A better social experience, by having a closer contact with the people from the other rooms, also "living abroad" as students.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The housing was not the cleenest of places (although the common areas were clean at least once a week by a house maid), but had all the needed facilities. The rooms were fairly costed and in no way small, although the house was in an already quite old building. Combined with a good location (7 minutes by bycicle to University), however, it was an overall good housing.
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