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Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA) reviews

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Temitope
Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria
Economics, Graduate, International Master Program
Universiteit van Amsterdam
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Communication is not a problem in Holland because virtually everyone here understands and speaks a bit of English. Although I still intend to go for dutch classes before finishing my master program because I want maximize the opportunity of studying in Holland, but so far, so good, I am able to learn some basic phrases by interacting with the local people in public places like shops, insides buses e.t.c
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Temitope
Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria
Economics, Graduate, International Master Program
Universiteit van Amsterdam
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
I am a curious person and I always want to try or know more of people, place or situation. Hence, I spent more seeing, knowing and learning about Holland's things because living expenses are pretty high especially in Amsterdam where I am living than in my home country.
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Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Housing, Overall, Food, Telephone:
was less 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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Temitope
Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria
Economics, Graduate, International Master Program
Universiteit van Amsterdam
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I recommend that my university should try to add a dutch introductory course to the curriculum of their international programs for an added advantage of studying in a country with another language and to help eliminate the feeling of a stranger in public places as a result of having a knowledge of the local language.
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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
Well, I will susgest that the university should try to have more english version of their academic events like discussions, career fair and so on, for the benefit of international students.
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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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Temitope
Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria
Economics, Graduate, International Master Program
Universiteit van Amsterdam
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known the language very well before coming because it denied me alot of good students jobs/internships which would have widen my scope of experience better than this.
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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
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
More efforts should be made by the university to expose the international students to the local people for more feel of holland culture and environment.
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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
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Studying abroad is the best experience that anyone could enjoy. My has really thought me alot of things and widen my experience in life. I would advise anyone to try it and make best use of it, its the best!
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Temitope
Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria
Economics, Graduate, International Master Program
Universiteit van Amsterdam
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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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
An event of DIS - Day of International Students (organised by Holland Government) should not be missed by anyone and the Introduction Week and Tuesday Evening Drink for students organised by my institution should not be missed by any.
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Temitope
Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria
Economics, Graduate, International Master Program
Universiteit van Amsterdam
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: With a family
Why?
I would choose to live with Amsterdam host family if possible so as to understand and get more familiar with the culture(espacially food and language) and the way of life of the people of Holland.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The housing provided was good but would have been better with an existence of a common place with facilities(T.V or Games) where students could meet each other and know their neighbours e.g a common room or a game/sport court.
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