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4.38 / 5 based on 74 reviews
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Julia
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of South Carolina
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: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
i was quite fluent before i came but had problems with vocabulary of daily life and young people's slang/topics, which changed
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Julia
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of South Carolina
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> Government assistance<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
i traveled a lot more, i had to phone home, when traveling around i had to BUY food instead of just cooking by myself, housing was more expensive
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Food, Travel, Housing, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife:
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
if you want to pay the housing fee via the internet you have to pay a convenience fee of 60$(!) -- alternatives are to pay the large amount in cash or in installments
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Julia
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of South Carolina
2.5/5
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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Julia
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of South Carolina
4.7/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
there was no shock. it might have been good to have known some things but it wasn't a bad experience to find out about them on one's own
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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
2
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
if you are an international student try to get a room on the CGC-floor (Carolina Global Community) in South Quad. You live with international and American students, they organize trips and events and it's just great. If you like to experience the South of America (laid-back, Southern friendliness and hospitality, but also conservativism and sometimes narrow-mindedness) it's the right university for you.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
All in all: IT WAS GREAT! seize the chance to travel around, you will probably never get this possibility again (at least not under these circumstances) don't take too many courses at school! very important. you're there to experience sth. new and see everything, so don't just "waste" your time on studying 24/7
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Julia
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of South Carolina
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Art Bar in the Vista
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Julia
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of South Carolina
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
you don't have to worry about internet, maintenance, etc yourself
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
it differed from dorm to dorm. South Quad, where I stayed, was great. you had a room of your own and shared the apartment (kitchen, living room) with 3 other persons, the bathroom with one other
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