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Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

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3.65 / 5 based on 119 reviews
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anonymous
University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Ecology, Graduate, University Agreement
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
In this area, I did not have so many problems since my University was in Brussels where most people could either speak French or English which are languages inb which I could communicate. Furthermore, my courses were in English. The only problem was with the library fascilities in the main Campus. Most of the very important literature is in Flemish thereby hindering effective access to them.
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anonymous
University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Ecology, Graduate, University Agreement
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Because of the cost associated with each category. Most of these items are ver cheap home while here they are pretty expensive
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Travel, Food, Telephone, Housing, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
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
none
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anonymous
University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Ecology, Graduate, University Agreement
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Courses should maybe be more subject titile related and more professional oriented. This is because when one hears of an International course programme, one expects to fine every aspect of professionality in it and not more of general knowledge.
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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
The academic life was ok to an extend but for the fact that some teachers to my opinion would serve better in offices and as researchers than teach in classrooms. In selecting teachers, consideration should be taken about their communication skills. Also of importance is the fact that some teachers are too distant from their students.
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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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anonymous
University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Ecology, Graduate, University Agreement
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
3.8/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had learned the basics in Flemish.
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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
3
Culture
3
Costs
4
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The University should try to assist more in foreign student housing. Also if the University could arrange for Flemish language intergration courses to be included in the curriculum. Finally more communicative atmosphere be promoted between visiting students and host country students.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I would like to say that my overall experience as a student at teh VUB was not bad, I made a series of good friends and had some really interesting courses too. My advice to new commers is that they should be adequiately prepared to start in a new culture. For the organisers of the different courses, it will be very interesting to that students do more of practivcal work than theory as most student have the visions of getting to learn more about what they had always known from lectures back in developing countries. Every course should be met by organisation of trips and visits to sites, factories, Industries, Laboratories if the need be.
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anonymous
University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Ecology, Graduate, University Agreement
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
I did not have any favorite night spots. I use to go where ever my friends invited me considering the fact that I was a stranger in the land. Some socila activities were frequently organised by the social services which I found sometimes boring given that only the foreign students often took part, no real social interaction and exchange of ideas with the host students. The events I use to attend the international dance parties organised by Fostis
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anonymous
University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Ecology, Graduate, University Agreement
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
The environment was good, quite and clean
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
For my Campus, I think the housing arrangements were really good. The was no over crouding in the kitchen area as is the case with other commonly shared fascilities. The only problems which I encountered concerned cultural difference like Europeans smoking in the kitchen while it was considered not right in my own culture.
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