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University of Science and Technology

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3.83 / 5 based on 22 reviews
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Arnaud E
ENSAM, Paris, France
Materials Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Languages
Language of instruction: French
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning French a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Learning to speak chinese takes a lot of time and motivation. If you want to succeed you need to spend your whole time with chinese people.
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Arnaud E
ENSAM, Paris, France
Materials Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
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Telephone, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Food, Travel, Overall:
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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Arnaud E
ENSAM, Paris, France
Materials Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Academic
Course recommendations
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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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Arnaud E
ENSAM, Paris, France
Materials Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Overall
I wish I had known...
No
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
1
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
China is a great experience and a huge culture choc but I think it's better to go to cities taht have more of an international economical development like Shanghai.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Places not to be missed outside of Kunming. Defenitely go to Li Jiang (small chinese village preserved by UNESCO) this is china as you've dreamed to see it. You can stop in Dali which is on the way from Kunming to Li Jiang to see cormoran fishing on the lake, it's worth it. If you have more time, take the round trip ride on the little train that goes from Kunming to "Hekou" (on the boarder with Vietnam). It was built buy french people in the 40's. The ride through mountains with water falls and terrasse fields is very scenic, so is the train.
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Arnaud E
ENSAM, Paris, France
Materials Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Student life
Describe host city:
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Nightlife, Travel, Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Not much to say about night life. Though I love to go out, this city doesn't have many places for students to go out. There were a couple of places close to the university where all foreign students and chinese that could speak english or french would meet; but everything in Kunming is knocked down and rebuilt so fast it would have changed by now.
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Arnaud E
ENSAM, Paris, France
Materials Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
For the price they made us pay for a tiny and dirty room that we shared between the three fo us, we could have had a huge and nice appartment downtown.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Communist radio information at 5am, every morning, on the campus, through big speakers, to wake you up!! The price we paid for a tiny room was robery compared to normal rates downtown! And last but not least, people in China always want to know where you go and what you're doing exactly (communist attitude) so people responsible for our stay in the University would treat us like little kids. But at the same time it was also a great experience to share every day life, of thousands of Chinese students that where living on the campus.
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