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Martin
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Since I had already spent a year in the US before my exchange semester, language was not an issue. It took me maybe a week or so to get back into it, but I didn't really learn anything new.
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Martin
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Other
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Because of price differences.
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Telephone, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, 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
I would say "cook yourself", but if an all fast-food diet is ok for you, that's probably the cheapest way to go.
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Martin
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Quality of courses depends totally on the teacher, in my opinion. Usually, lower courses (100) are easier and less demanding, however this is not set in stone.
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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
none
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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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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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Martin
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
3.8/5
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 both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Co-Daniels, Firehouse, Clybournes, Highdive, Soma
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Martin
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Because I had to walk to my apartment at night, when no buses were going, which took me 30 minutes. Not fun in an Illinois Winter.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
My housing at University Commons was very nice, the only bad thing was the location. Also it was not much of a party location, seems like people live off campus to concentrate on studying.
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