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Universidad de Deusto (UD)

Universidad de Deusto, Avda. Universidades, 24, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
4.21 / 5 based on 132 reviews.

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86% of students recommend
132 reviews
Housing
4.0/5
All experiences (132)
Student life
4.5/5
5 stars (60)
Academic
3.8/5
4 stars (48)
Languages
4.8/5
3 stars (24)
Expenses
4.0/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
Don't put so much emphasis on study that it stops you from getting out there. Mixing with local people and exploring your surrounding is also very important. Take a few trips out during the time that you have, I went to Madrid, Salamanca and Barcelona and loved all three places. I had a great time and would definitely go back! I will say that you have to be aware of pickpockets there but donít let that spoil it. Sort out a doctor as soon as possible. You never know what can happen and get... Read Review
JanetR7, United Kingdom

Universidad de Deusto review by Janet

Review by Janet, University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Language, Erasmus
HOUSING    
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? It was very handy to get in to university every day, close to shops and local services. Also there was a friendly atmosphere and opportunity to make friends from all over the world.
Personal comments:
The accomodation was overall very good, it was clean, spacious and had various facilities such as free internet, tennis, basketball and football courts/pitch. It was fairly priced and everyone got along well together.
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STUDENT LIFE    
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Irish Stones pub is a favourite with Erasmus as a meeting point at the beginning of a night out. Cafe Boulevard was one of my favourites, Gallerias de Urquijo for nightlife was brilliant fun. Also Congreso, Conjunto clubs and Casco Viejo bars are great. Events; carnival around feb/march in Bilbao and surrounding area, San Fermin and the running of the bulls in summer, not to be missed. St Patrick's day was celebrated to the full in the Irish Stones. Also take a trip to the Guggenheim museum, plenty of interesting things to see there!
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ACADEMIC       3.0 / 5
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
More interaction with tutors and recognition from them that they have Erasmus students in their classes. Greater explanation of tasks to be done for the next class and a slower pace in classes. Informal meeting at the beginning of the year for international students and local students

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Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after:
Personal comments:
The year abroad was the major factor in my language learning which at that point had lasted 9 years in total. The experience of going to a university where you could not avoid listening to 4 or 5 hours of spanish every day was invaluable to me and made me fluent. Over the year communication became easier and I felt more and more confident as time went by.
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EXPENSES    
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
I found that I was a lot richer in Spain than at home! Things were about a third cheaper there and I ate the same amount of food so I spent less. The nightlife was fantastic so I was going out a lot more than at home, and I felt the urge to see different parts of Spain so also spent more on travel. The telephone was cheaper but I made less calls than at home.
Travel, Nightlife: was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Housing: was the same price as at home.
Food, Telephone: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Same as you would at home, try to have a budget. Use the bus to the airport instead of taxis, use the metro instead of taxis; buy a 10 trip metro ticket instead of 10 singles. Take taxis with friends - good anyway for safety.
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OVERALL    
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
How good it was going to be so as not to book tickets home at christmas/easter!
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
It is a great place to improve your spanish, a highly regarded academic institution. Excellent way to investigate another culture because you can meet so many people and experience life in parallel to your own university in at home. Teaching and course content is of high standard although a few improvements could be made. Options for courses are varied and interesting. There is the opportunity to get involved in clubs and activities within the university as well.



FINAL COMMENTS

Don't put so much emphasis on study that it stops you from getting out there. Mixing with local people and exploring your surrounding is also very important. Take a few trips out during the time that you have, I went to Madrid, Salamanca and Barcelona and loved all three places. I had a great time and would definitely go back! I will say that you have to be aware of pickpockets there but donít let that spoil it. Sort out a doctor as soon as possible. You never know what can happen and getting to see someone when something does can involve a lot of waiting, i.e. days. Other than that, go for it! Enjoy yourselves and be safe!
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