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4.07 / 5 based on 264 reviews
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Dana P
Arizona State University, Tempe, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Everyone spoke English so it was very easy to communicate.
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Dana P
Arizona State University, Tempe, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
England's prices were just about doubled from everything in the U.S. It was terribly expensive.
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Travel, Overall, Housing, Nightlife, Telephone, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Barclay's Bank does not have an extra charge for those with Bank of America accounts.
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Dana P
Arizona State University, Tempe, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
Coming from an American Unversity, the courses at Leeds were much more difficult and demanding of my time.
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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
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Dana P
Arizona State University, Tempe, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Very expensive to live there. I also wish I had taken more time out from my studies to travel around the UK more.
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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
3
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
It is a lot of work, but at the end it is worth it. I'm an art history student, and I've learned more in this semester than my entire career at my home University. There is a ton to do at night, and it's very lively despite the Industrial exterior.
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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
3
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Hostelworld.com, thetrainline.com, ryanair.com, easyjet.com were all very helpful websites for travelling. Buses will always be cheaper but will take quite a long time to get to your destination. If you plan on travelling around the UK a lot, I'd recommend getting a Young Persons Railcard which you can purchase at any train station. It will provide a nice discount on train travel within the UK.
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Dana P
Arizona State University, Tempe, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
none
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Dana P
Arizona State University, Tempe, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
The accommodation was very disappointing at Leeds University. They did not take one single thing I put on my application for accommodation into consideration. I was put with a smoker when I asked not to be, and was given the most expensive flat to live in- when I had asked for cheaper flats. They would not listen or cooperate when I told them of these complaints, and action was only taken when my home university advisor stepped in. Process was slow and aggravating, as they lost my application to switch to another flat. It was hard enough adjusting to a new country, and dealing with accommodation hassles did not make anything any easier.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
See above.
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