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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Swanlund Administration Building, 601 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820, U.S.A., United States
4.03 / 5 based on 378 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
82% of students recommend
378 reviews
Housing
3.8/5
All experiences (378)
Student life
4.1/5
5 stars (144)
Academic
4.2/5
4 stars (138)
Languages
4.5/5
3 stars (90)
Expenses
3.6/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
Chicago is close and in my opinion the best city in the US. To the south there´s St. Louis, which has some good Blues and Jazz Bars. You should also visit the Amish people in the West of the school and you should definitely spend a day at the lakes... Read Review
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HOUSING    
by Geiblinger, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: With a family
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I like the space and the contact to apartment-mates, but still having my own room to work in and do private stuff. And it´s cheaper...
Personal comments:
Accommodation in the US is generally more expensive than in Europe, so I had to accept it and deal with it. On-campus facilities are more expensive than those off campus. Living off campus isn´t really a problem though since Champaign has an excellent public transport system.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by veronika, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Management Science, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Personal comments:
nightlife on campus is great, but if you want a bar to sit, drink and talk go "downtown champaign" to "cowboy monkey" or "highdive" for dancing spare yourself the cosmopolitan club! or go there once, so you know why...
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ACADEMIC    
by veronika, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Management Science, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
if you are in the same program i was, don't worry about the choice of courses before you get there. you'll have to take what's left anyway, because locals book their courses about 4 months before you can. you'll find satisfying courses though, so don't worry and be flexible!



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
the courses are evaluated in a different way than they do it in austria, but it's probably the better one...

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by Maximilian, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Accountancy, University Agreement
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
Everybody speaks English, so if you go to the US, the language will be more or less familiar. In the first weeks I had difficulties understanding some American students (who actulally don't speak real English), but after a while I even started to think in English. The crucial thing for me was housing: If you live together with students from other countries (like in a dorm), your language skills will definitely improve much more!
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EXPENSES    
by Matthias, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family
Personal savings
Joint Study grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
In spite of the favorable euro-dollar exchange rate housing is still more expensive than in Austria. The price level at the bars around campus is very low (probably due to the high competition between bars). Wireless telephone systems are backward compared to Europe and rather expensive. Local calls via landphones are free. Calling via the Internet (Skype) becomes an important way of communication (especially for making calls to Europe). The main reason for an overall increase of expenditures compared to the usual way of living is travelling.
Overall, Travel, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Food: was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Telephone: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Almost everything is paid by credit card. This seems to be a good idea as it is cheaper than withdrawing cash. If cash is withdrawn, I'd recommend withdrawing a large ammount at once (due to the ATM fees)
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OVERALL    
by Matthias, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
One semester is not enough time. It takes a few month to become completely familiar with the new environment. By the time one can say he/she is really feeling like home, it is almost time to leave again. If I have the chance to study abroad again, it will be a full academic year.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Don't panic if the courses you want to attend are already full. Students drop a lot of classes within the first few weeks of instruction. It is usually not necessary to attend a class from the first day on.



FINAL COMMENTS

Spending a semester in a town like Urbana-Champaign is the perfect evidence, that no matter where one goes to study abroad, it is a very good time and a great experience in any way. One meets nice people and new friends everywhere. The life on a big campus, that seems like an own town within a town, is quite impressive for European students.
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