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3.96 / 5 based on 114 reviews
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pbourandy
IAE Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Florida
3.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Concerning the graduate course, choose in advance if you want to have the choice. The course are very good and there is a lot of work!! But it worth it! The professors are very accessible and ready to help you specially if you are a foreigner. There are goods libraries and cmputer labs opened all night!
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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
Concerning the graduate courses, it would be better if there were more schedules.
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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
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pbourandy
IAE Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Florida
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I would have known the books' prices!! it is incredibly expensive!
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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
3
Personal recommendation
This is a very good university with a good quality of courses and a lot of activities in the student life. It is better to have a car to travel.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
To travel in the state, it is better to rent a car (if you don't have one). Otherwise, there is a travel agency in the university where you can have good price for flight tickets... Gainesville is well located bacause you can esely go to Miami and south Florida, to Louisiana... A good tip: in January, the weather is not as warm as in Miami!! So don't forget warm clothes!!
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pbourandy
IAE Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Florida
3.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
bank
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
In general I spend more money there because, first, the currency is stronger and life is more expensive there than in France. As I was a foreign student, I wanted to know better my host country. So, with other friends, we travelled a lot around Florida principally but also in New Orleans, and California.
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Housing, Travel, Food, Nightlife, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
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
There is alot of cheap stores for food, clothes like "Savealot", "ROSS"... and the best is cooking at home instead of spending alot in fastfoods! It is healthier and a lot cheaper!! and it is easy specially if you live near the university.
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pbourandy
IAE Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Florida
3.0/5
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
At the beginning, it was a little bit hard, specially during courses because the vocabulary is more specialised and people speack fast and interact eachother. But the oral comprehension improved very quickly and at the end of the semester, i saw a big improvement in the langage. Now, I am fluent in english!
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pbourandy
IAE Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Florida
3.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I liked to be in an apartment with foreign roommates. we were living in an apartments/townhouse complex where a lot of students from all aver the world were there. So I met all kind of people and by this way, I had a lot of friends!
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
the apartment was nice. I lived with 3 other roommates. The apartment was a little bit too small specially our room. And it was quite expansive: $435/ month (because we stayed 4 months). But we had housekeepers every week,a laundy room, it was close to the university, and i met alot of people. I dont regret.
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pbourandy
IAE Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Florida
3.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
A lot of night spots!! But my favorite was the "Twylow" on friday night (latin night). Otherwise, there is a lot to do but there is too much hip-hop and RNB clubs for me... Gainesville is a university town wtih a good nightlife, a lot of activities within the university: cinema, theater, sports... There is a lot of buses until 3 am (university/ downtown). All is very well organized! But there is not a lot to visit... If you want to travel, there is Orlando, St Augustin quite closed to Gainesville. Or there is a special bus for the weekend that goes from Gainesville to Miami, so you can spend the WE there. It is cheap and quicker than the Greyhound!
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