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Universiteit Twente

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3.82 / 5 based on 141 reviews
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Pedro
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universiteit Twente
5.0/5
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: Did not speak it
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Learning dutch: only if you have to, or if you're crazy enough to like it! :-) Improving english: even if it's not your intention, you'll get better for sure, besides EVERYONE there speaks english.
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Pedro
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universiteit Twente
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
The food price is not so higher or almost the same as in Portugal as long as we look at the prices. Telephone for the obvious reasons. Nightlife because I had a lot more in Holland than in Portugal but it's still like the double or triple price. Travelling is really cheap, fast and easy, I just spent more because in Portugal I never travelled so much.
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Overall, Travel, Nightlife, Telephone, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
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
Nothing relevant.
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Pedro
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universiteit Twente
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I followed the Technology and Management program for international students where all of us were from different countries. Since not all international students spoke a very good English at the begining there was some benevolence from the teachers, but it was very interesting.
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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
No. I think it was a year when I learned a lot of interesting subjects, had nice teachers (most of them) and the lectures were interactive and comunicative. The environment among the students was great!
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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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Pedro
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universiteit Twente
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
No, everything was perfect like it was.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
That they always keep with all the facilities and opportunities for the international students.
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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
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
Highly recommended experience at most aspects: academic ,social and personal experience, independence, improving a foreign language (english) and getting in touch with lots of different cultures. About traveling tips, first of all get a bicicle. You can get some nice second hand bicicles on Campus at U-Tecno or by Lili (a Vietnamite guy who buys and sells bicicles). But it's indispensable. As for the train traveling, I highly recommend you to get a discount card as soon as you can. It's valid for one year and you get 40% discount everytime you travel (you get it payed back in just a couple of travels). Personally I'd also recommend you to get the Enschede Pass (E-Pass) that gives you discount in some restaurants and shops, as well as museums and libraries. You can also have free entrance in the best disco in Enschede -ATAK.
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Pedro
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universiteit Twente
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
"The Edge", Atak (Disco -> Alternative Rock - Sat, Techno-House - Thu, and concerts sometimes), The Kikker (bar), Friends Too (bar), Rocks (bar), Delirium (the best bar/disco, unfortunately closed too soon).
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Pedro
Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universiteit Twente
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: A room in the city, on Campus and a residence
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: in the residence - Macandra
Why?
Because even though there are better conditions on campus, Macandra is located in the city and the social life is a lot more intense. (NOTE: the rating of the accomodation is refered to Macandra)
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
First I lived in a room at De Klomp (in the city) which, apart of being extremely expensive, the conditions were not so good. After I mooved to a very nice room on Campus. Really big, clean, quiet and incredible internet facilities. In the end I moved to Macandra where I met a lot of nice people and also my friends from my course. The conditions are not as good - the room is quite small, no internet and you have to share the kitchen with other 29 people. Still worth it!
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