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University College Cork (UCC)

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Melanie A
Bates College, Lewiston, United States
Music and Musicology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Don't think about home too much. For the first few weeks/months, it can be very hard to get settled if you're always thinking about your friends back home.
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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
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Strongly. However, I would have preferred if this university had been in another city. Cork is nice, but I had a lot more fun in Belfast.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
When you travel, go places that are off the beaten path. Dublin is fine, but also go to Galway and Belfast. And definitely do the Ring of Kerry.
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
Political Science at UCC is mainly "European Studies", that means - as the name indicates - a big big emphasis on European topics. If you look around in other departments as well (History, Geography), you will find extremely interesting, sometimes even exotic seminars. The best course I attended: "Migration in Europe" with Mr Piaras McEinri (Geography department). This guy is brilliant!
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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, you just have to know and accept that academic life at UCC is more like in school rather than at a - for example - German university. Another important point: Irish students start their academic life at a age of 17. As a German student you are at least 20 years old when you join them through the Erasmus-programme. The library at UCC is rubbish for a political science student. Incredible! I based my research on the internet (good access in the computer labs) and the Munich library during my X-mas-break.
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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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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The Irish (especially the Cork accent) is beautiful but hard to understand at the beginning. It is not that stiff as the British one and not that broad as the American. All in all a good and friendly mixture. Forget about the "th" by the way. No Corkian pronounces it! Since it was kind of difficult to get to know a lot Irish students and I was dealing mostly with other international students (Spanish, Italian, French...), we had to be careful not to adopt each other's mistakes and create a kind of "foreign English". Cork's inhabitants are extremely friendly, especially the elderly. It often happened to me, that an old man or woman just started a pleasant conversation on any topic (e.g. in the supermarket, on my way to UCC etc.), unobtrusive and kind of charming.
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Angelo V
Università degli Studi di Siena, Siena, Italy
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
nothing, i was well-informed about everything
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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
2
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
enjoy yourself!
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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
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
It was an outstanding experience. Before all, i'd say cultural experience,as you can meet people from all over the place. unfortunately, the erasmus scholarship isn't enough . Anyway, you can looking for a job in cork. i really guess it's worthwhile to making this experience. just one tip: before leaving, try to get all informations you are interested in . before leaving
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Tommaso D
Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy
Engineering, Graduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
I think that if I had known something more before to go my experience have could be less interesting
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
If you any kind of problem talk with the professors and/or with the staff because they are very helpful
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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
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I had very good time, I suggest to everybody to have an experience like the erasmus project. I suggest also to go in Ireland, the people are very gentle and it is possible to meet people of many other culture.
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Life in Ireland is more expensive than in Germany. Taxes on income are down, prices are up. That' the way it is. Nightlife was a little bit cheaper in comparison to the one in Munich. Phone expenses were unreal, since I wanted to stay in touch with my girlfriend and my family and friends.
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Food, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife:
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
Keep an eye on the costs for heating and electricity and agree on fixed regulations with your landlord. Normally they don't have seperate electric meter, so sometimes they just estimate the costs, which might be good for their purses but not yours!
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