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kdoerken
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Linguistics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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
Since I had already been to California for 9 months and spoke quite well, I could even improve my (British) English.
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kdoerken
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Linguistics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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
The exchange rate 1 pound = 3,3 DM at the time I was in England is probabaly self-explanatory.
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Overall, Travel, Telephone, Food, Nightlife, Housing:
was more 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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kdoerken
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Linguistics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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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kdoerken
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Linguistics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
Support by the university in choosing the right courses would have been useful in advance.
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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
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Be aware that you have to organise everything by yourself in order to be satisfied.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Since trains etc are very expensive in Britain, it is quite useful to get a so-called young person's railcard, costs 18 pounds and is valid for a year, reduction of every price: 1/3
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kdoerken
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Linguistics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Cinderella's on Thursdays (Students' night), Union on campus on Wednesdays and Fridays
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kdoerken
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Linguistics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
If you study at a foreign university for a short period of time, it is much easier to accomodate and to get in touch with other (native) students if you live on campus than far away.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Since I was not offered the chance to live on campus, I do not know much about living on campus. It seemed to be so much easier and more fun to live there.
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