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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Allemagne
Sciences Politiques, Licence, Erasmus
Logement
Type de logement: Appartement/maison
Organisé par: Indépenant - choix personnel
Si j'y retournais je choisirais: Appartement/maison
Pourquoi?
Accommodation on campus is quite expensive in Cork and the rooms are quite small. The appartments have a kind of clinical atmosphere. The appartments are usually well-equipped (kitchen - to share with three to five people -, dishes etc. What's missing is a washing machine and a dryer. The laundrette is very expensive. Most important for me, if you search for a house on your own you can choose your housematesand you are more flexible concerning the arrangements with the landlord. On campus for exapmle there's no refund if you want to change accommodation in the middle of the term (you always have to pay in advance).
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Evaluation personnelle
Frais
Installations
Emplacement
Propreté
Espace
Commentaire personnel
I was lucky to find some nice housemates and we rented a quite big perfectly equipped house, located in Sunday's Well and with a wonderful view to the River Lee. The distance to UCC was - in the eyes of our Irish fellows - quite big: 15 min walk to the Main Quadrangle.
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Allemagne
Sciences Politiques, Licence, Erasmus
Vie étudiante
Description de la ville:
La vie étudiante domine la ville
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Activités: A lieu principalement à la fac et/ou entre les étudiants
Voyager, Vie nocturne: A lieu autant sur le campus et en dehors
Expérience personnelle de vie sociale
Activités
Vie nocturne
Voyages
Évaluation globale
Commentaire personnel
Don't miss the Cork Jazz Festival (I think it's at the end of October). Concerts all over the place, in cafes, bars and pubs, and everything for free (except for the drinks, of course). Favourite places to go: Bars: Reardens (on Washington) and An Borg (on Oliver Plunkett); Nightclubs: Sir Henrys (on Grande Parade) and Gorbys (on Oliver Plunkett); Pubs: The Bodega (on Cornmarket), Rosie O'Gradys (on North Main) and the New College Bar on campus;
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Allemagne
Sciences Politiques, Licence, Erasmus
Évaluation globale
Si j'avais su
Take the baggage limitations of your airline seriously! We did not and had to pay at the airport.
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A mon avis:
Tout le monde a aimé, tu vas aimer
Critères importants pour mon choix
(1) Aucune importance – (4) Très important
Raisons académiques
1
Culture
2
Frais
3
Activités
1
Vie universitaire
2
Vie sociale / Fête
2
Climat et emplacement
3
Recommandation personnelle
Political Science is somehow an "exotic" subject at UCC (emphasis on the natural sciences). As mentioned above: don't stick to the European Studies department and inspect the programmes of the other departments as well. The International Student Office at UCC is quite flexible with regard to the wishes of Erasmus-students.
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Pendant mon expérience à l'étranger j'ai...
(1) Jaimais – (4) Très souvent
Appréhendé une autre culture
4
Voyagé
4
Accru mes compétences linguistiques
3
Rencontré des gens d'autres pays
4
Développé mon autonomie
4
Fait la fête
4
Vécu une transformation
4
Amélioré mes possibilités de carrière
4
Derniers commentaires
Place you HAVE to go to: Killarney, Dingle, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle (Kiss the stone!), Cobh. UCC offers a relaxing atmosphere for your stay as an international student. Enjoy the time there! If you want to get into some media stuff, apply for an internship with Cork Campus Radio. You will be selected on the basis of an application form and an interview with the station manager. You'll learn a lot and it is great fun! (Say hello to Kieran, he is one of the fulltime staff there.) Search for the computer labs in the Food Science Building. They usually have the best machines and fastest internet access. If somebody of the staff is asking, just pretend to be a student at the department. Be careful with Cork's hairdressers!
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Allemagne
Sciences Politiques, Licence, Erasmus
Études
Recommandations de cours
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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Mon exprérience académique
Qualité des cours
Catalogue de cours
Accès à différentes ressources
Intéraction avec les professeurs
Intéraction avec les étudiants étrangers
Intéraction avec les étudiants locaux
Commentaire personnel
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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Mon avis sur l'évaluation
Examens en fin de cours
Examens au cours du trimestre
Travaux et projets finaux
Travaux et projets pendant le cours
Évaluation globale
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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Allemagne
Sciences Politiques, Licence, Erasmus
Langues étrangères
Langue d'enseignement: Anglais
Apprendre le Anglais fut un élément important de la décision?
Oui, je voulais améliorer mon Anglais
Quels progrès en Anglais?
Mon niveau d'avant: A l'aise dans la plupart des cas
Mon niveau après: A l'aise dans la plupart des cas
Difficultés linguistiques
Sociales
Éducatives
Administratives
Évaluation globale
Commentaire personnel
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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Harald W
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Allemagne
Sciences Politiques, Licence, Erasmus
Frais
Principale source de financement:
Famille
Autres sources de financement:
Mes propres économies<br> Bourse officielle<br> Bourse ERASMUS
Opportunités d'emploi:
J'ai travaillé pendant mon séjour
Dépenses habituelles
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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Alimentation, Téléphone, Général:
Plus cher que chez moi
Voyager, Logement:
Aussi cher que chez moi
Vie nocturne:
Moins cher que chez moi
Accés au matériel scolaire
Livres d'occasion
Appareils d'occasion
Ordinateurs / internet
Démarches administratives
Retrait d'argent
Commentaire personnel
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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