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Kurt
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, exchange
University of Texas, Austin
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
To study abroad is the best way to learn a language. You have to deal with the University, exams, instructors, other students, companies and employees, friends and so on. There's no better way to learn a language that fast.
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Kurt
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, exchange
University of Texas, Austin
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Travelling is much cheaper within the US (by plane) than within Europe, but it's getting cheaper in Europe.
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Housing, Overall, Nightlife, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Telephone:
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
Live at Riverside! It's very nice and cheap! You can save a lot of money!
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Kurt
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, exchange
University of Texas, Austin
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
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Kurt
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, exchange
University of Texas, Austin
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
That the end is coming soon because one semester is short in order to be able to do and see more... :-)
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
If you are interested in the American Way of Life and you want to study at one of the best State Universities in the US - then the University of Texas at Austin is a very good choice! Texas is big, the people are friendly, the University is well-known, you can travel a lot, and all in all you have a lot of opportunities!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Book your flights very early, then you may get some discounts (maybe there are some student discounts too). A round trip ticket is also a very good idea (book all flights ahead, to go there and to come back), that makes it cheaper too. If you want to travel within the US (and there is a lot to see) book Youth Hostels or flights here in Austin over the Internet - you can get very good deals! - for example just USD 99,00 from Austin to Los Angeles with Southwest Airlines. Keep your luggage small, believe me! If you need a shirt, shoes or something else, you can buy it in Austin very cheap.
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Kurt
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, exchange
University of Texas, Austin
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
First you should not miss a dance club called "Midnight Rodeo"! Second you should definitely eat a steak in a real Texan Steakhouse! Third go out at 6th street, there are more bars and clubs than you can imagine, for example "Friends" or "Spills" are very nice. There are also nice bars and locations on 5th street! Fourth you should not miss the great football games of the UT team called "Longhorns"!!! Fifth you should go shopping to the shopping malls like "Barton Creek" or "Highland" or others!
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Kurt
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, exchange
University of Texas, Austin
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
You have a lot of space, it's cheap and clean.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I lived at Riverside. Many people told us not to do so. But it was very nice and cheap. It was a bit far from University, but the Shuttle Buses from the University were running frequently and it was no problem to get to the classes or to downtown or to shopping malls or whatever.
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