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Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)

476 reviews
4.02 / 5 based on 476 reviews
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MELANIE
University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
3.8/5
Languages
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
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
When I arrived it was a shock as the way I was taught in England was not representative of everyday language use. Now I'm more fluent and familiar with everyday terms.
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MELANIE
University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Spain overall is cheaper than London. I think most places are cheaper than London!
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Housing, Telephone, Nightlife, Travel, Overall, Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Get to know doormen and club owners, so when you go out you never have to pay........it saved me a lot of money!
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MELANIE
University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
As soon as you arrive get to know your ERASMUS office, and all those who work there; also become familiar with you tutor in charge of the ERAMUS students. Spain is very beauracratic so expect to fill out lots of paperwork, make sure you have all the necessary letters from your home university so that your registration in your host university isn't delayed.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
No.the less work to do the better!!!
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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MELANIE
University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I would have been useful if we were informed just how difficult it is to find decent accommodation here.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
3
Costs
4
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Contact the ERAMUS exchange office as soon as possible
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Check out Barcelona and other cities/towns in Spain as it is cheap to travel around. Clubbing is great here. Make the most of your year.
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MELANIE
University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Depending on the type of club you like. I recommend Gabanna - private members club; Cool - excellent vibe and people; Coyote - excellent;Space of sound - the music, vibe is absolutely amazing here, you have to try it at least once when you are Madrid. This club should have more recognition on the International scene because its not in Ibiza, New York or London its underrated. I think its much better than Ministry in London! I love partying in Madrid....you can rave from Friday through to Monday afternoon - I have! I now do PR for the club Coyote.
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MELANIE
University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I like my independence, renting in Madrid is cheap compared to London so for reasonable rent you can get a room in a really good area; as I did.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The university provides no accommodation that I am aware of, neither was there any help offered when I was searching for a flat. I feel the university should have a specific housing office to help students find private accommodation, especially foreign students.
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