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University of Otago

102 reviews
3.95 / 5 based on 102 reviews
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Joel
Haute Ecole ICHEC -St Louis- ISFSC, Brussels, Belgium
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Otago
3.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Take only 3 papers in order to be able to travel around and enjoy the country. (The maximum is 4 papers)
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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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Joel
Haute Ecole ICHEC -St Louis- ISFSC, Brussels, Belgium
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Otago
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Most houses are bad insolated, so it's getting pretty cold in winter (so from June to September)
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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
3
Costs
1
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Nice uni, good facilities, friendly atmosphere
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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
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
2
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
If you wanna have a "typical" study abroad experience (meeting a lot of people from all over the world, partying a lot, etc.) and combine it with one of the most beautiful countries in the world as well as a very good university, then come to Otago.
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Joel
Haute Ecole ICHEC -St Louis- ISFSC, Brussels, Belgium
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Otago
3.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family
Personal savings
Government assistance
An ERASMUS grant
A private grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
I was travelling around every weekend (including skiing, bungee jumping, diving, caving etc.). Besides this the liquor is more expensive
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Travel, Nightlife, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Housing:
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
Plan enough money for heaps of advanture activities
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Joel
Haute Ecole ICHEC -St Louis- ISFSC, Brussels, Belgium
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Otago
3.5/5
Languages
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
At the beginning it was quite hard to understand the kiwi expressions and pronounciation, but after a while you get used to it
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Joel
Haute Ecole ICHEC -St Louis- ISFSC, Brussels, Belgium
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Otago
3.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: University Flats
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Uniflats
Why?
You get in touch with a lot of people
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Even though the flats weren't in a good state, living in the Uniflats offers the possibility of meeting a lot of international and native students, especially in the big complexes (Lofts, Flofts, 480 Leith etc.)
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Joel
Haute Ecole ICHEC -St Louis- ISFSC, Brussels, Belgium
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Otago
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The bog is always great for a good Speights (an NZ beer) and a nice small talk. Partying in an old church is pretty awesome so go to the Monkey Bar. Other clubs are Metro or 10 Bar. Of course House parties are pretty epic as well!!!
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