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University of Sunderland

70 reviews
4.00 / 5 based on 70 reviews
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sophie
IFI ESC Rouen Group, Rouen, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Sunderland
5.0/5
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
the advantage i had compared to other international students in sunderland is that i already spend two months in workplacement in Thetford (Cambridge/Norwich) UK were i couldn't speak a work of french, i had to use professional and technical vocabulary which made me learn faster. so i was very comfortable with my english when i came to sunderland, but i still improved it
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sophie
IFI ESC Rouen Group, Rouen, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Sunderland
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
the life cost in the UK is higher than in france, so having the same amount of money for a month than i usually have in France i had to be carefull. anyway i am use to be carefull with the money i get now, so i knew were to spend and were not to spend (for example the travel, by train is very very expensive in the UK, cigarettes and alcohol are over taxed)
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Travel, Overall, Nightlife, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Telephone:
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
it is necessary to have a british bank account (which is difficult, butthanks to my workplacement i also had an advantage) otherwise the banking fees taking money from a french bank account to aa british cash dispenser is very expensive
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sophie
IFI ESC Rouen Group, Rouen, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Sunderland
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
IFI chose the first semester courses for us. first year, and second year were mixed. In the second semestre i decided the first year courses were too easy so i only followed second year courses. Marketing communication was very interesting and the lecturer knew how to motivate his fellow students
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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
in my opinion, as a french student studying at IFI, i really felt the difference between the french private business school and the british university business schools. the exams and assignment are so easy (Multiple Choice Questions and little 3000 words essays). I think the french level is higher than the british one. but i don't think it had anything to do with sunderland university, the lecturer were fine, nice people ready to help at any time, lectures interesting etc.
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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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sophie
IFI ESC Rouen Group, Rouen, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Sunderland
4.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
how to play pool. but now i know
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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
4
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
move the whole univerity to the seaside campus
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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
the university provide a lot of services such as sport, metro card, parties, travels. you should take advantage of all these services.
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sophie
IFI ESC Rouen Group, Rouen, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Sunderland
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 both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
the beach is the club were all the internatioanl students meet. it is small and the music is various. it is a very nice place for thursday nights (1ú entry). Otherwise, Manor Quay is much bigger but not as social for international, it's even hard to chat to someone. But good fun for the week end. Never go to the Q club
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sophie
IFI ESC Rouen Group, Rouen, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Sunderland
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: university hall of residence
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: university hall of residence
Why?
it is the easiest place to make contacts being an exchange student, with other international students and locals
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The place called clanny house was a huge hall of residence. It was a safe place, with security gards, laundry,next to a supermarket, next to the metro station etc. It was really well located for innternational students, all the services needed for the everyday life were available in 5min walk.The apppartements were situated in a Flat shared between seven people (british as well as international), two bathrooms, three toilets, a kitchen, phone, electricity meter etc. It has been design to obliged the students to live together and make contact which is in my opinion the best way to get social.
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