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Universiteit Gent (RUG)

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tdonn
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
4th and 5th year, Graduate, Erasmus
Universiteit Gent
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Dutch
Was learning Dutch a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your Dutch?
My level before:
My level after:
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Since Dutch is not one of the "big"languages, people are used to talk English or Dutch with foreigners. So there is never a problem if you have questions. But people like it when you try to talk Dutch even if English would be easier. If you kmow German, Dutch is not too hard, and after all, Dutch is an important language in the international scene of architecture. There is no Flemish language, it is just an accent (like British and American English) and it sound nicer than the Dutch spoken in the Netherlands. There is a university language center. You get one course for free, if you want to do more, it is really expensive. There is only evening courses for the first two levels. If you want to go on, you ight run into difficulties with the schedule of your lessons
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tdonn
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
4th and 5th year, Graduate, Erasmus
Universiteit Gent
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Of course, you want to travel. Nobody has a phone, but everybody a mobile phone (gsm) - so it is a little more expensive. But it seems affordable altogether.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife, Travel, Housing, Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
if You are below 25, you get many things cheaper. Get a "Go Pass" for traveling by train!! Pizzas are expensive, too. Beer is ok.
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tdonn
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
4th and 5th year, Graduate, Erasmus
Universiteit Gent
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
If you come, you can choose between courses of the 4th and 5th year. In the 5th year, there is no design project in the 2nd semester! You may do the 4th year design project with stéphane Beel. If you like urban design, go to the 4th year right away. If you like detailling, go to the 5th year in the 2nd semester. Oral exams can mostly be also made in English. The lessons are normally in Dutch, so a tiny bit of Dutch may help. Olmost everyone speaks English and French fluently which is extremely helpful. Never be afraid to ask since courses may be changed quickly by the staff.
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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
The department is very small. There are -up to now- no real possibilities to choose from (But that's supposed to change). Many Belgian students are veryoung and very shy at first, but I met a lot of really nice and funny people.
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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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tdonn
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
4th and 5th year, Graduate, Erasmus
Universiteit Gent
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The homepage of my department is not in English, yet. So it was hard to figure out what options I could have.
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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
1
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Visit it before if you can or try to arrive 1 or 2 weeks before the courses start to get a room, check with administration, university, language courses, etc.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Its a nice place. I like the people and their mentality as well as the food including the French Fries (Belgian invention)and really good food. The city is small enough to find one's way arroung and large enough to have fun. The Erasmus-office team is really good as well as the Erasmus student network (ESN). For travelling: Brussels, Antwerp and the cost are close. But also Rotterdam, Paris and Cologne and London are not too far. The weekends may be boring at fist, because everybody goes to his/her parents'place. The students are mostly pretty young (18-23)and student life sometimes seems weird or very teenage-like. The courses are very school-like which is good for Erasmus-students because it is easier to find one's way around but it does not always seem to be real academic (whatever my notion of that means) because students get told what to do and do not need to take too much respansability. But there is also students who really get involved a lot.
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tdonn
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
4th and 5th year, Graduate, Erasmus
Universiteit Gent
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities, Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
You get bored by the Overpoort street (student clubs) try the Vooruit, the Video, Pink flamingo, Dambert,Manteka,etc.
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tdonn
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
4th and 5th year, Graduate, Erasmus
Universiteit Gent
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: student room on free market
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: better room
Why?
If you arrive earlier, you'll fing nicer and cheaper rooms
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The student residences seem to be ok, but not great. If you know you'll be coming here to study, you better look early for a nice room
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