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Universidad de Zaragoza (UZ)

Universidad de Zaragoza, c/ Pedro Cerbuna, 12, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
4.06 / 5 based on 252 reviews.
Description:
En el siglo XX Zaragoza ha seguido con un buén plamarés universitario, antiguos alumnos suyos han ocupado numerosas cátedras universitarias del país, científicos prácticos de primera fila han fomentado las aplicaciones prácticas de los estudios a la industria (química, azucarera, cementos, etc), y de ella han salido buenos hombres del foro, del humanismo y de las ciencias médicas.


Programmes
Accreditations
88% of students recommend
252 reviews
Housing
3.9/5
All experiences (252)
Student life
4.4/5
5 stars (96)
Academic
3.5/5
4 stars (120)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (36)
Expenses
3.9/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
Zaragoza is slightly out of the way for people to visit you etc, but is a great place to live. It has it's own airport and Ryanair are starting to fly there from December. If it does well, you'll be able to fly there from places like Prestwick, Dublin etc too. However, at the moment, fly to Barcelona or Madrid and take the coach service (www.alsa.es) or the train (www.renfe.es). Find out all you can from people who have been here before you. Read Review
caledonian_dmc, United Kingdom

Universidad de Zaragoza review by caledonian_dmc

Review by caledonian_dmc, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Business Studies, 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: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? University halls are expensive, sparse, some are far from the city centre, and the food is awful...or so I was told.
Personal comments:
Housing is in short supply and so is a bit more expensive than you may think. There is some housing that is seriously below standard. Many landlords simply refuse to rent to males, and girls generally refuse to share with males. So if you're a guy, get here early!
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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 outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Bull McCabes is on Calle Cadiz (off Paseo de la Independencia) and is the biggest and most popular Irish bar in Zaragoza. Thursday night is Erasmus night and most go to Tierra or Emporio (next door to each other on Calle Mendez Nunez) followed by La Casa del Loco on Calle Mayor). There are lots of different areas to go out, but the Casco is the most popular.
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ACADEMIC       3.5 / 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:
The university lets you pick any classes from any years and you can try them all out for a month before finally choosing. The computer lab is a joke; it's too hot, too small, and half of the computers don't work. Most students use internet cafés.



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:
Pick subjects carefully. Read the recommendations of people who went before you. Lots of other Erasmus in the same class is a good sign. Some teachers make it easy for you, some are particularly harsh. Use your trial period to figure them out.

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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: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
The university runs very good language courses to small groups arranged by ability. They are not free of charge but are well worth the money. Sign up early as they are popular. Try to get in to the first one of the term.
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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:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
An ERASMUS grant
Student Loan
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
I live with my parents so I spent more on everything than at home, but they are all MUCH cheaper than at home.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Under Spanish law, deposits on flats are 1months rent if unfurnished, or 2 if furnished. This means you pay up to 3 months' rent up front, so opening a Spanish account and transferring money ASAP is important. Check how much your bank charges to take out money abroad and to transfer money for foreign accounts. Setting up bank accounts are easy, all you need is your passport and some money to deposit. iberCaja is a great bank (but they are only local.) Santander Central Hispano are good and a very big national bank (and have agreement with RBS back home).
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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...
Big effort required to become friends with Spaniards, especially girls.
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:
The social life here is excellent as it is a big student city. Tourism is not big here so prices are low and crime is low, and not a lot of people speak English so you are compelled to improve your language skills.



FINAL COMMENTS

Zaragoza is slightly out of the way for people to visit you etc, but is a great place to live. It has it's own airport and Ryanair are starting to fly there from December. If it does well, you'll be able to fly there from places like Prestwick, Dublin etc too. However, at the moment, fly to Barcelona or Madrid and take the coach service (www.alsa.es) or the train (www.renfe.es). Find out all you can from people who have been here before you.
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