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3.88 / 5 based on 149 reviews
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Verena
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Southampton
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
I think my language abilities have improved. I was not that bad before the exchange semester, but in a foreign country every day you are confronted with another language so you automatically start to think in another language.
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Verena
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Southampton
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
In general, my host country is more expensive than my home country.
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Housing, Overall, Food, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Travel:
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
none
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Verena
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Southampton
3.8/5
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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Verena
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Southampton
3.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Students from the host country preferred to be among themselves. It was not easy to become part of their groups.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
2
Costs
1
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
2
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
At this university there are many international students as well as international lecturers. Sometimes it was not easy to understand them because of their accent.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
2
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
My host country offers many beautiful and interesting towns and places that are worth visiting. But you should consider that the weather is very unsettled. Sometimes it starts raining even though the sky was blue and the sun was shining.
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Verena
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Southampton
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
West Quay is an amazing shopping mall with many shops. In the city center, there are many cafés and pubs.
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Verena
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Southampton
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
It is cheaper to live in a house than in halls. Additionally you have the chance to live with people from other countries and learn from them.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Exchange students coming in winter semester do not have the possibility to live in a hall. The university could do more to help students finding private accomodation.
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