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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) reviews

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Maximilian
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Accountancy, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
no.
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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
2
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
If you want to experience life on a typical American university campus, in a typical American small town in the countryside and are interested in getting to know especially people from all parts of the world studying together in this microcosmos, Urbana-Champaign is probably one of the best choices you have!
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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
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Fly into Chicago and take a bus from O'Hare to Urbana-Champaign. You have two options (both depart from the bus teriminal behind the Hilton at the airport): Lincolnlandexpress and Bluebird. If you arrive late, stay in the "Illini Union" (center of the university) for the first night: It's quite cheap (ca. 28$) and comfortable!
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anonymous
University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The weather!
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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
2
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Its a great school if you are going just for academic reason. Overall, it is quite an experience for me but I was not tempted to extend my stay after my exchange was completed. If you want to experience a typical American university campus life, this is a place to go.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
4
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
Make sure you get your driver license before you go, if not you are pretty much stuck to the campus.
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Martin
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The location of my apartment. It really pays off to check a map before you go and measure how many miles you are from campus. It may look like just a small amount, because American city blocks are quite large.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Live on campus and go to a lot of parties.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
I really enjoyed my stay. Academically, it wasn't so good for me, since I wasn't allowed to take any classes in my major (business). There is not really much advice to give here, most of the student life takes part on campus (which is really nice by the way) during the day and at the bars or house parties at night, which are mostly on campus or very close.
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Matthias
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
4.5/5
Overall
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.
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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
2
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
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.
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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
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
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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Matthias
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> Other
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.
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Travel, Overall, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone, 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
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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Andreas
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I was well informed.
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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
3
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
It's a campus town, with a typical American campus (quad, etc.). If you want to experience this movie-feeling, that it's the right choice. Concerning the academic setting, the UIUC is a brilliant choise too, and it has one of the biggest libraries in the States.
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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
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
take as much money with you as you can get: you will need it for travel (New York, Niagara Falls, Chicago, etc.) and for Shopping. Don't take too many clothes with you - they are fucking cheep over there!
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