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Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
3.94 / 5 based on 444 reviews.
La Universidad Autónoma de Madrid tiene su sede principal en el Campus de Cantoblanco, situado a 15 kilómetros al norte de la capital y cercano a los municipios de Alcobendas, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Tres Cantos y Colmenar Viejo.

En él se encuentran el Rectorado y las Facultades de Ciencias, Filosofía y Letras, Derecho, Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Psicología, la Escuela Técnica Superior de Informática y la Escuela de Profesorado Santa María. Read more

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by Theresa, Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? because you have the chance to live in the center. never take the residential rooms on the campus, they are way to far from the center of madrid!!!!
Personal comments:
Try to find a room in an apartement with native speakers and be aware of the location of the flat. In general the north of the city is better than the south, but the best parts of madrid to live are: huertas, la latina, malasana, chueca, thats mainly the center!
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by Mathilde, EDHEC Business School, Lille, France
Economics, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Madrid is the city that never sleeps. In the first semester, try to go to the erasmus meeting to make good friends then you'll quickly discover that there are 1000 of spots to go out. Cool zones include : Huertas (cerca de Sol), it's known as the tourist zone but spanish people go there too. - Torre de Europa, close to the Bernabeu stadium and Avenida del Brasil - Malasaña for a younger ambiance - Kapital, the huge club, close to the "Atocha" metro My fav places are: Gabana 1800, Torero, Touché, Ludwig, Tequila, Joy much places !!
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by Caterina, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Business Studies, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
It is important that no matter what course you take you introduce yourself to the teacher in order to build a good rapport and get that extra help when and if you have difficulties with the language.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
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
Personal comments:
At the Autonoma de Madrid, students are very active politically and socially. Unfortunately I was in Madrid during the Iraq war and the students of the Autonoma were strongly opposed. Ths resulted in about a month and a half of strikes in which the University was closed.

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by Marius, LSE, London, United Kingdom
Humanities, Erasmus
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
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:
It was really hard to understand everything people said to me at the beginning because of different dialect. But I got used to it in a few months and was able to communicate well. If you want to learn the language, make friends with the locals. Even if you do not understand them at the beginning, you will be able to communicate well at the end. Use a dictionary to define words that you do not know, especially those words that you hear often. Do not rely on the definitions of the locals. Make sure you brush up grammar rules in order to start recognizing good and bad grammar structures. University provides reference books in many of its libraries. If you use dictionary, read grammar books and interact the locals, you should increase your chances to learn the language of the locals.
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by Marius, LSE, London, United Kingdom
Humanities, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
I spent more due to a near equalization of exchange rate (Euro/Pound). One example was housing. At the beginning, my rent in Madrid was the same as in London, but after the near equalization of exchange rate my rent in Madrid became more expensive than at home. I spent less on telephone and food because of lower prices than in London. I spent more on nightlife and travel. This is because I went out at night a lot more in Madrid and I had to traveled to university.
Telephone, Food: was more expensive than at home.
Overall: was the same price as at home.
Housing, Nightlife, Travel: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Be aware of exchange rates if you are coming from the UK or other non-euro country. Make sure you have make your bank aware that you are going to study abroad. This way you will avoid any credit or debit card stoppages. Track your expenses.
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by van der Ha, Universiteit Gent, Ghent, Belgium
Economics, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I didn't know it would be that a lot of fun and i made some really good (foreign) friends we still meet each other a couple of times a year.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
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:
University is not that fantastic!! It is a bit out of town but it was smaller and more causy then the Complutense. When there was good weather everyone layed on the grass at campus which was great!


Do not try to stick with foreign people. Don't try to get to know too many people neither but a few very good spanish friends and try to keep in touch with them after your stay. Which i find a pitty myself. It is not so bad when you don't know a lot of spanish before you go. I did not know a lot neither you learn it very quick. So this is not a reason NOT to go. Have a lot of fun when you are there this is THE experience of your life do not forget that!!!!!!!
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