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Nicosi
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sheffield
3.8/5
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
The most difficult thing was to communicate with English people in daily life, especially in very loud areas like the train station or in a cafe. The Sheffield accent is really hard to understand. Many English people speak accents, which are hard to understand for foreign people. If you as a foreign student try to read university magazines, you probably won´t understand a lot, because they are written in slang and most of the foreign students have been taught a high level of language.
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Nicosi
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sheffield
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Not specified
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
The prices in England are three times as high as in Munich. When I have been in Sheffield, one pound Sterling was worth 3,5 German D-Marks. So the exchange rate made British money even more expensive than it had been before.
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Telephone, Nightlife, Overall, Housing, Travel, 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
It is a very complicated procedure to transfer money from a German bank to an English bank in an acceptable amount of time. Sometimes, I had the impression that English banks have never heard of how to do that. Everybody travelling to England should have a credit card with her/ him. People pay everything with them in England.
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Nicosi
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sheffield
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Teaching level in England is much lower than in Germany. The speed of learning and teaching is very slow, everything is explained very often to enable really EVERYBODY to understand. I was disappointed about the amount of things treated in one semester.
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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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Nicosi
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sheffield
3.8/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Cities in England are quite small. Sheffield is UGLY!!!!!!! The train system in England is TERRIBLE!!!! I could not cope as well as I expected to do with the bad weather in England.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
1
Culture
2
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
2
Party / people
1
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Nobody has to go there for academic reasons. Spending time in Sheffield has something to do with personal enrichment for persons who have never spent some time abroad alone. The part of Sheffield where you can live is really small. People used to big cities won´t be very happy there.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
- Take good shoes with you, waterproof mountain shoes best. Otherwise you will break your legs. Sheffield is really hilly, and the hills sometimes are very steep. - If you hate walking everyday, don´t go to Sheffield!! - The closest airport is Manchester. - There is a direct train connection to Sheffield. That means that there should come a train every hour or every two hours. That does not mean that the train is really coming every hour or evry two hours!!! - Take a trolley or a suitcase with wheels with you, otherwise you get a heart attache in Sheffield! - Be friendly to everybody, then everybody will be friendly to you! - Do not take only warm clothes with you. The climate is very humid, you will sweat a lot! - Take a lot of personal photos with you. It makes the first days easier and you don´t see the ugly decoration in the student accomodation. - Try to find a room or some other accomodation before you arrive! - Be aware of the high prices in England! Don´t calculate with too less money!
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Nicosi
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sheffield
2.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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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
Everybody who likes loud clubs and discos. As this is not my favourite way of spending my time in the evning, I was not very happy about nightlife in Sheffield. Restaurants are very expensive, almost unaffordable, and something else hardly exists. "The old grindstone" has jazz music live every Monday from 9.00 pm on. Very nice!
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Nicosi
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sheffield
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Private accomodation in Sheffield is very expensive. University accomodation makes it easy to get in contact with other foreign and also English students.University was just a 20 minutes walk away from my accomodation- for circumstances as in Sheffield this is really close!
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Rooms at my host university´s accomodation were quite big, but very ugly. You have to hang up a lot of personal photos and posters. Otherwise you see the damaged decoration and the ugly colour of the decoration. The kitchens were well equipped. They have been the central meeting point for everyone in my flat. The washing machines were terrible. They only had a short programme (about 20 minutes) for 30° washing. And even with the 60° washing programme the clothes did not get clean at all. The washing room only had 2 washing machines for over 100 people and only two dryers, which were very expensive. There was no possibility to dry the clothes somewhere else than in the dryers. I did not want to pay money for drying my laundry, so I had to hang up a washing rope in my room first, before I could hang up my laundry on the rope. The organisation of my accomodation was very easy. The University of Sheffield helped me a lot. I got prospects about the different kinds of accomodation in advance. The tenancy agreements etc. were sent by faxes. So the procedure was very uncomplicated.
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