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Universidad de Salamanca (USAL)

Universidad de Salamanca, Patio de Escuelas 2, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
4.25 / 5 based on 516 reviews.
Description:
Since its founding in 1218, the University of Salamanca has had illustrious jurists, scientists, doctors and writers among its professors and students.

In 1987 the construction of a new campus was undertaken to satisfy the growing needs of the University of Salamanca.

This remarkable material growth that the University of Salamanca has undergone over the last ten years has been accompanied by an even more remarkable qualitative and quantitative growth, both in the number of students and teaching and administrative staff, on the one hand, and in the number of degrees and doctoral programs offered, university institutes and technological centres and services for the un... Read more



Programmes
Accreditations
91% of students recommend
516 reviews
Housing
4.2/5
All experiences (516)
Student life
4.7/5
5 stars (288)
Academic
4.0/5
4 stars (150)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (78)
Expenses
4.0/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.6/5
1 star (0)
A helpful advice: do not rent a room before you get to know the city and learn what the best location is for you. I rent a place from Brazil and, after I arrived, realised it was too far from my campus and Spanish course and had to move. Moving was a choice of course, but I think it was the right one. In a small city such as this, you'll want to take advantage of the fact you don't need to take a bus everywhere and actually walk everywhere you need. Read Review
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Universidad de Salamanca review by Mariana

Review by Mariana, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sociology, University Agreement
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: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose:
Why?
Personal comments:
I think the housing facilities at the University of Salamanca are excellent but way too expensive for a student who does not have a scholarship. That is why I had to live outside the university campus. I am very happy with my choice though. I'm close to the campus and to the Plaza Mayor which is the heart of the city, the facilities in my flat are good and my flatmate are good and fairly organized people.
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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: Student life dominates the city
Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
If you want you can go out everyday in this down, from Monday to Monday. The thing is you can't produce much during the day if you act like that, so I chose not to. I like going to the cinema, bar de tapas (the best) or just watching a film and having dinner with my friends at home during the week. On Thurday I allow myself to start clubbing and that goes on for two more days. The interesting thing in Salamanca is that, as you can walk everywhere and you don't have to pay to enter the clubs, people usually switch all night long visiting several places in a night. Very different from what happens in my home town, where we have to pick one place to go for the night.
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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:
none

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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?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
When I came here I could communicate pretty well but sometimes had difficulties to understand the local speakers when the spoke fast. It was even more complicated when it came to the professors during classes, because I couldn't ask them to repeat or speak slower. It wasn't a private class after all. That has gotten so much better though and now I can understand almost the entire class. My communicating skills have improved as well.
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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:
Family
Other sources of funding:
None
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
In general, life in Spain is more expensive than in Brazil. Euros are much more expensive than Reais too. Because of that I'm always trying to be more economic.
Travel, Overall, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife: was the same price as at home.
Telephone: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
none
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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...
Not really, I came as prepared as I could have.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



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:
I think the University is very well prepared to receive international students. I'm pleased.



FINAL COMMENTS

A helpful advice: do not rent a room before you get to know the city and learn what the best location is for you. I rent a place from Brazil and, after I arrived, realised it was too far from my campus and Spanish course and had to move. Moving was a choice of course, but I think it was the right one. In a small city such as this, you'll want to take advantage of the fact you don't need to take a bus everywhere and actually walk everywhere you need.
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