Novita – Illinois Institute of Technology, United States of America
Semester 1, 2016
Bachelor of Business
Campus and facilities
- My favourite building is called MTCC. It is a big building that has cafes, dining area, study/conference rooms, Starbucks, Bookstore and the Students Support office.
- In MTCC, every fortnight has a music night. Good place to make new friends.
- Library is 24 hours only on weekdays.
- Has a late-night car service for dropping students who live nearby campus.
- Has a 24-hour seven eleven just next to dorms.
- Post office is located in MTCC whereby it is a very centralised spot.
- Good for those online-shoppers (e.g. AMAZON)
- The campus is just next to Chinatown.
- Red line train operates 24 hours and it is only 10 mins walking from the campus.
For exchange students, it is compulsory to live on-campus.
- All the residence halls are generally shared-rooms basis.
- Residence Halls: SSV, MSV, Carman and Gunsaulus
- IIT is very well known with its Engineer School.
- FYI: First phone Motorola was created by IIT Alumni.
- The classes tend to be smaller than QUT.
- Attendance was compulsory. So it was easy to make friends in the class.
- They call the lecturer by Professor followed by their name.
Cost of Living
- The cost of living is similar to Brisbane.
- The transportation is paid altogether prior to semester begins. So during the semester you can just tap whenever you want.
- Students: US$175 for the U-PASS (e.g. like GoCard) and valid for 4 months.
- Non-students: $2.25/travel (bus and train) regardless the distance.
- A one-off tap (e.g. hop on only) unlike Brisbane.
- Meal plan is organised by the University.
- For on-campus students it is compulsory to have (depends on your degree level)
- Buffet system.
- People do go for Starbucks. It is everywhere in Chicago.
- Free Wi-Fi is almost in everywhere: Shopping centres, Cafes.
- Majority of people study in the Cafes.
- Use “What’s up” for a greeting.
Highlight of the Exchange
- Traveling around United States:
- West coast road trip
- Did the Route 66
- New Year’s eve in New York
- Spring break in Miami
- Strong friendships that will last forever with people from:
- Germany, India, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, France, USA, Africa.
Tips and Advice
- Use the Travel Card from Commonwealth Bank (this is would be my first top advice!)
- Ensure you get the Health Insurance from your host Institution
- Beforehand I used to think that it was very unnecessary, however, I went to Hospital, a week after my semester ended. It was very unexpected. I paid the insurance around US$800 and it covered my expenses for about US$3,000.
- Ensure you that the unit that you would be taking overseas is not a non-credit in order to prevent any issues when returning home for credit transfers. Be really careful with units that you’ll be undertaking, do regularly check with QUT.
- Be mindful of job opportunities around your host campus by talking with one of the staff.
- Become the member of Sorority or Fraternity!
- Great ways to make friends and to experience the American college life
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