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Van Hall Instituut

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karjala
Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Mikkeli, Finland
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
Nothing special - it is not so big jump from Finland to the Netherlands..
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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
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Go there if you have chance - hard work, but nice international students..
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Buy discount card to rain tickets - it cost 49 euro, but it is worth of it..You can get 40% discount..And if you are working 8 hours a week then you can get money from Dutch government and they even buy you card, that you can travel free by train (choose week or weekend)..
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karjala
Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Mikkeli, Finland
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant<br> A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
I travel a lot - all over the Europe..
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Overall, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone, Nightlife:
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
Second-hand products are not so cheap. You can spend money easily, if you know when there are furnitures on the street - they are free!!!
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karjala
Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Mikkeli, Finland
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
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)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
You can learn dutch if you want, but I didn't want because it is not very useful language. You can learn also spanish in this town - there are lots of people from Spain. :)
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karjala
Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Mikkeli, Finland
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: rented apartment
Why?
Because they are cheaper and they are located better.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
House's are all over the town - most of them are in the worst area of Leeuwarden, where lives lots of people from Morocco and Turkey. That is one of the reason, why your bike is never safe if you leave it outside. House's doesn't have owens, which limited your choise of cooking. And price is quite high, because you pay almost 230 euro per person and there are always four or even more people living together..
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Éva B
Gödöllöi Agrártudományi Egyetem, Godollo, Hungary
Agricultural Economics, Graduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: A room exchange
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I was quite satisfied of it. We had single rooms, they were big and cloose to the school.
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karjala
Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Mikkeli, Finland
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Nightlife, Activities: 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
There are different places all over the town, but favorite night spots are in the centre. If you are international student you have to go on Thursdays to Gloppen and there you will now where are the real parties..Also it is good to get some contact to other international students from other schools (NHL, CHN) because they have parties almost every week or weekend..
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