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Universitat de Girona (UDG)

Universitat de Girona, Plaça Sant Domènec, 3, Girona, Spain
4.25 / 5 based on 18 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
100% of students recommend
18 reviews
Housing
4.2/5
All experiences (18)
Student life
4.2/5
5 stars (12)
Academic
4.6/5
4 stars (6)
Languages
4.6/5
3 stars (0)
Expenses
3.8/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
If you're a holder of Euro<26, or cards of this kind, you can get a discount in many places - for instance travelling by train, bus or entering museums, which a student card doesn't give you. Instead of taking bus to/from school, you can borrow a bike at the university. To improve your language skills and get to know interesting people you can join a special program which consists in regular conversations with a local student, who probably would like to improve his/her English or other language. Read Review
daria_kremez, Poland

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Review by Daria, Akademia Ekonomiczna Im. Karola Adamieckiego, Katowice, Poland
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? The main advantage of renting an appartment is independence
Personal comments:
The first month after arrival I spent in residence hall, which was totally satisfying, except for the price, which was too high, so I decided to rent a flat with other foreign students. Not only was it cheaper, but much more convenient and comfortable, with perfect location in the centre of the city, very spacious, light, clean, with all the necessary facilities.
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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:
There are plenty of places in Girona worth recommendation, in the old part of the city, next to the river you'll find little, cute and cosy cafes(good coffee and delicious croissants are their speciality)e.g. "La Tierra", best restaurants with typical tapas and Mediterranean delicacies. Among night spots my favourites are: "Siddharta" - a kind of bar with a specific atmosphere and "La Via" - a tiny club with good music and nice bartenders,and of course Irish pub! in Girona - "Excalibur" - brilliant, foreign people usually go there.
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ACADEMIC    
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:
You should be prepared that 90% of classes are in Catalan, not Sapanish, so the choice of courses is not that big. If the courses that you'd really like to attend are all in Catalan, you should ask the teacher if it's ok if you learn for the exam only from books, because it would be hard to catch anything from the lecture in a language you don't speak.



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:
I think, that more courses in Spanish or even English would be a good idea.

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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: Catalan
Was learning Catalan a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Catalan
How much did you improve your Catalan?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
The main reason I chose Spain was that I wanted to improve my Spanish, although in Girona(Catalonia) people speak mostly Catalan(Spanish usually when dealing with strangers). In the beginning communicating with local people was difficult, as they don't speak English or their English isn't very good. My Spanish in the beginning was very simple, but it got better with time. The difficulty was that everywhere I could hear Catalan, and Spanish only sometimes. I didn't really try to learn Catalan, so as not to mix it with Spanish, but I also learnt it a bit, mostly reading. In spite of all the difficulties, my level of Spanish improved significantly and I have some basics of Catalan, which I find quite satisfying.
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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:
Personal savings
An ERASMUS grant
scholarship from home university
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
The reason for that were higher prices in all the above mentioned categories.
Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
Rooms in residence hall cost a lot, it's twice that cheaper to rent a flat with other students. It's possible to borrow a bike at the university- a very good way to save on transpot, there are many supermarkets, where prices are quite low, in local newspapers you can find plenty of advertisements offering second-hand items. You can buy tickets for parties or discos at the university in advance - it's much cheaper. The International Relations Office organizes a lot of trips and cultural events, it's always cheaper to take part, than to go on your own.
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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...
no
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:
In terms of academic level Universitat de Girona is said to be among the best in Spain, it offers a big choice of interesting courses. Teachers run classes in quite an interactive way - share their broad knowledge with students, but also let them present their points of view, the distance between teachers and students is smaller - more friendly relations, all the necessary materials are available at the university (libraries). School buildings are equipped well, there are many computer rooms in every building, so students have constant access to Internet. There is a wide range of sport activities students can enroll to. The International Relations Office takes care of foreign students and helps them to solve every problem, there are some student organizations, which make it easier for strangers to integrate with local students.



FINAL COMMENTS

If you're a holder of Euro<26, or cards of this kind, you can get a discount in many places - for instance travelling by train, bus or entering museums, which a student card doesn't give you. Instead of taking bus to/from school, you can borrow a bike at the university. To improve your language skills and get to know interesting people you can join a special program which consists in regular conversations with a local student, who probably would like to improve his/her English or other language.
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