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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 a great city to study - not touristy, the accent is learner friendly, good location for pyranees, airport, madrid, barcelona... however, do not study on the universidad de zaragoza language course. Please. Read Review
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Universidad de Zaragoza review by Gemma

Review by Gemma, University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom
Language, Independent
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? Because I enjoy my independence and university arranged accommodation - both colleges and with a family are double the price or more.
Personal comments:
Go at least 5 working days before the start of your course because many many others are looking for accommodation a couple of days before the start and it is quite stressful and expensive calling about so many flats and competing with other students. Be prepared to make quick decisions and make your deposit on the spot. I say working days because the university doesn't update the rooms database at the weekend. However do not despair, there is always free accommodation advertised and you will find a good flat.
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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 equally interact with the local and student community
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Casa del loco is great. Botellons/bars/tapas in general in Casco - martinica, la cucaracha...
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ACADEMIC       1.0 / 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:
DO NOT STUDY "cursos trimestral/annual de lengua y cultura para extranjeros" language courses at The Departmento de Espanol como lengua extranjera, edificio interfacultades, Universidad de Zaragoza. In short: really bad teaching, no social side, expensive, little improvement to spanish. It is a terrible waste of your money and time. Some teachers have no experience with little training and lack basic personal skills expected of a teacher, classes are poor in most ways. The classes are basic and teacher preparation consists of photocopying textbooks, no actual spanish is used (spanish is always especially written for foreigners) even though we were "upper intermediate" level, there was little real conversation (following models in the textbooks like pre GCSE) and less culture than previous courses in the UK! The courses seem good value - mine was 260 hours for 680 euro which is 9 - 2.15 daily with 30 mins break - but every teacher arrives very late, you take extra breaks and finish the class early so you end up with 3 hours of poor language classes a day. They are able to continue to do this because they advertise heavily. Although the university is public, the spanish government privatised some parts of universities - so these courses are private. Teachers are bad because they are paid less than government run language schools so better/qualified teachers look to teach in reputable institutions, and earn more money. If you need more reason to not do this course, there are no social activities whatsoever to welcome students or encourage mixing. Most students outside classes had not met each other even by the end of the 3 months. The excursions they advertised were 2 days in a row to 2 places about 6 weeks into the course. I reccommend the escuela oficial de idiomas no 1. Although it's only 2 hours a week you will study the same grammar at the same pace as your level in the university school. The teachers are very professional and they are paid by the government so the quality of teaching is very high.



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: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
Course was terrible so I found other ways to improve my language by exchanging english for spanish, reading everything in sight, talking to friends.
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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:
student loan
Work opportunities:
I worked, but it was illegal/cash in hand work
Personal spending habits:
Everything is cheaper except mobiles and landlines, but I travelled more than I would at uni at home.
Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Travel, Nightlife: was the same price as at home.
Overall, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
budget for temporary food and accommodation whilst you're looking, it all adds up really quickly. Take advantage of free alcohol nights and drinking from bottles on the streets to save money.
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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...
The course was going to be awful. Zaragoza gets VERY COLD in november and december - sub zero every morning/at night.
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:
take advantage of all the things going on - there are so many art and culture events and expositions. Look in CIPAJ, a monthly bulletin of everything going on in Zaragoza area for young people available from tourist info and the CIPAJ centre in Casco Viejo.



FINAL COMMENTS

Zaragoza is a great city to study - not touristy, the accent is learner friendly, good location for pyranees, airport, madrid, barcelona... however, do not study on the universidad de zaragoza language course. Please.
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