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3.94 / 5 based on 66 reviews
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Henna
Helsingin Liiketalouden Ammattikorkeakoulu, Helsinki, Finland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sunderland
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The dialect spoken by some of the local people in Sunderland is VERY strange in the beginning but it gets easier to understand them after a while.
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Henna
Helsingin Liiketalouden Ammattikorkeakoulu, Helsinki, Finland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sunderland
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Using mobile phones (even local connections) is much more expensive in the UK than in Finland. The social life in Sunderland was very lively so it made me spend more. Local travel is cheap, but then long distance travel (by trains and coaches) isn't.
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Telephone, Overall, Nightlife, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Food:
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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Henna
Helsingin Liiketalouden Ammattikorkeakoulu, Helsinki, Finland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sunderland
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
If you have studied business for more than a year and your English is good, don't waste your time on levels 1 and 2, but take courses from the third level (even though the teachers could be saying that they're too difficult.. they're not!)
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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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Henna
Helsingin Liiketalouden Ammattikorkeakoulu, Helsinki, Finland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sunderland
4.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
How much cheaper and nicer the private housing in Sunderland is, compared to living on campus. Secondly, that I would have love to stay there longer!
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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
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
This is the place for you if you want make friends from all over the world, have loads of fun and in the meanwhile, study some pretty interesting subjects. Sometimes the bureaucratic way of dealing things in the university can be annoying but you just have to patient. Everything happens slower than in Finland.
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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
4
Final comments
Sunderland is a great place to live: not too small, not too big. And it only takes about 30 mins to Newcastle by Metro. The weather can be pretty dull sometimes and the wind is very strong occasionally. The city is 3 hours from Edinburgh, so Scotland is worth visiting. If possible, take a laptop with you when you go to Sunderland. They'll get all the student houses connected to the Internet in spring 2004. There are not enough computers in the university libraries, so an own laptop will save you a lot of frunstration!
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Henna
Helsingin Liiketalouden Ammattikorkeakoulu, Helsinki, Finland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sunderland
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The students union club, Manor Quay, turned out to be my favorite. The football matches are also worth checking out.
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Henna
Helsingin Liiketalouden Ammattikorkeakoulu, Helsinki, Finland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Sunderland
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Cheaper, nicer, quieter
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The house was old but still ok. Not very comfortable and the heating was not on during the nights, so it was rather freezing insides. Still, a very good way to make friends and to socialize (I had 10 flatmates)!
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