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Graham S
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, United States
Anthropology, Undergraduate, InterStudy
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I worked, but it was illegal/cash in hand work
Personal spending habits
Well, because the exchange rate is six Rand to the dollar is is understandably much cheaper to do most things in South Africa. Britons have an especially easy time in South Africa because of the Pound/Rand ratio. Oddly enough though, cell phones are more costly in South Africa (at least for me, who usually pays about $40/mo. for a phone) because there are very few phone plans. Most companies simply have kiosks where you can purchase minutes and put them on your phone. The minutes are not cheap however, and it is necessary to have at least ten or twenty minutes at all times for safety reasons if you plan on leaving campus.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Housing, Food, 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
Books in general are very expensive in South Africa with even the average soft cover costing about R120 ($20). This is due to a lack of publishers throughout most of Africa. The good news is that the texts for most courses are printed by the university and therefore are easy to find. Unfortunately, textbooks are not covered in tuition fees and you may be smacked with about R60 for materials for each class. It's affordable, but it was an unexpected cost for most of the international students. UKZN is well-equipped with computer lounges and has good internet connectivity. It is pretty much impossible to come across WiFi access though, unless you go to a coffee shop. Even then most establishments will make you pay for the privilege. Save yourself the worry and cost by leaving the laptop at home. As for amenities such as banks, phone minutes, or ATMs, UKZN has a few varieties of each on campus tht are accessible twenty-four hours a day. Beware the cost of using banks though; every transaction you talk to a teller for is usually charged to your account. Putting it easily - watch out for the banks and the phone companies. Both are vicious and money-grubbing with many hidden expenses.
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esthers
Laurea Polytechnic, Leppävaara Institute(EVAMK), Espoo, Finland
Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking), Undergraduate, Independent
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Its so much cheaper to go out, and its hot so you eat less than we do in cold climatic conditions
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Housing, Food, Overall, Nightlife, Travel, 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
none
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Susanna K
Albert-Ludwigs-Universtät Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Social Sciences, Graduate, GSP
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Not specified
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
Personal spending habits
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Food, Housing, Overall, Telephone, Nightlife, Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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