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Lea
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
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
I got used to everything pretty soon.
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Lea
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Texas, Austin
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Food was included in my coop (housing), and I could always eat there.
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Housing, Overall, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Food:
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
Although I bought used textbooks at the University Co-op Bookstore, they were still VERY expensive. If short in money, I would recommend searching out other bookstores (amazon?) and using the libraries more. Oftentimes, several books in the syllabus are only used for one or two chapters.
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Lea
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Texas, Austin
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Choose topics that REALLY interest you - look at the syllabus, go through the reading requirements and figure out which courses suit you best. I have made very good experiences that way, my teachers and classes were great - I never had that much fun studying before.
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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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Lea
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Texas, Austin
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
My personal packing experiences: I took WAY TO MANY books with me (you really find stuff to read at once, if you like reading! - if you ever have the time, anyway.. :-)); but I didn't take bedsheets or towels, which I could have used well. In general, don't take to much (I came with one suitcase and it was enough) and think of the warmth - you really only need one warm jacket and something for the occasional thunderstorms with rain (if you should ever choose to go out during one of these extraordinary phenomenons..), the rest of the time you will wear light clothing.
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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
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Austin is a very liberal city, with a lot of students and fun people, who do their best to "keep Austin weird" (as it says on many t-shirts!). In addition, the courses I took were of very high quality and really interesting. If that sounds appealing to you, then go for it!
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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
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I bought a bike in the beginning of the semester and used it ALL the time (I lived very close to campus, though).
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Lea
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
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: Takes place mostly outside 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
Go to Trudy's (409 W 30th St, at Guadalupe Street) and drink mexican martini (they are huge). Nice cafes: Spiderhouse (http://www.spiderhousecafe.com/); Little city (http://www.littlecity.com/). But you will find plenty if you only look around!
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Lea
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Texas, Austin
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Co-operative housing project ("Coop")
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: The same - in my coop!
Why?
Living in a coop is the best opportunity to get to know a lot of nice, local people as well as international students; it feels like a really nice community; you can always meet people if you choose to, or stay on your own; it is comparatively cheap and food is included; you have to work (all the services, like cooking, cleaning etc., are provided by the members i.e. inhabitants), but I cooked and it was fun!
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I think living in a coop is the best choice in Austin - it is MUCH cheaper than living in a dorm (dorms are crappy..), and not as lonely as living in an apartment can sometimes be. In addition, the location was great (next to campus).
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