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4.67 / 5 based on 11 reviews
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Fatima S
University of Glamorgan, Treforest, United Kingdom
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
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
Even though i was proficient in english when i arrived the US, in my first 1-2 months American English honestly felt like a complete new language. The pace, tone and even emotion with wich native americans speak is very particular but such problems were quickly overcomed. I had an active social life and was part of many students associatons which allowed me to better understand information. Lecturers were extremelly clear and willing to help and such played a determinant role in my academic performance.
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Fatima S
University of Glamorgan, Treforest, United Kingdom
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
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Telephone, Travel, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, 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
none
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Fatima S
University of Glamorgan, Treforest, United Kingdom
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
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
I personally believe that my academic experience could have been better if classes included research and critical analysis in their assessment requirements. The American Undergradute Educaton system focus on descriptive explanations and that can somehow restrict the development of critical thinking. I think that more essays and group assignments should be included in the academic programs.
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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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Fatima S
University of Glamorgan, Treforest, United Kingdom
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Wiysh i was more aware of the academic system; about the need for private transports.
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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
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
N/A
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
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
4
Final comments
N/A
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Fatima S
University of Glamorgan, Treforest, United Kingdom
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The best places to go in Tampa are Ybor city for a busy night and sophisticated lunches. Ybor City is a historical location that has been sucessfuly integrated in the ciy's urban planning strategy: it used to be a Cuban cigars factory and nowadays has some of the funkiest restaurants and retail stores in Tampa. Colombia is my favourite restaurant in Ybor, on thursdays they have live flamenco dancers, its a great atmosphere! Gasparilla Festival should not be missed; Bahasa and Hyde Park Cafe for Latin Music; McDinttons for an European-pub feel and Westshore to enjoy the bay view and some of Tampa's best houses.
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Fatima S
University of Glamorgan, Treforest, United Kingdom
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Because i had the chance to interact with people from other backgrounds rather than just academic.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
At the University of South Florida on- campus accomodation provided all the services, ammenities and entertainment facilities necessary. There was a wide range of options from which to choose and staff was particularly decicated a helpfull. I was mostly impressed by the organisation and reliability of the application procedures.
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