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Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU

37 reviews
4.17 / 5 based on 37 reviews
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anonymous
Plantijn Hogeschool Van de Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Public Relations / Publicity / Advertising, Graduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
i lived in an apartement together with tree other erasmusstudents and i had the time of my live. i was free to do what i wanted, to eat what i wanted, did not have to explain to anybody what i was going to do that day....it made me more independent than i thought i was.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
when i arrived, the university arranged a room in a students house, but there i had to follow a lot of rules. i chose to look for a room myself which is really easy in valencia because everybody uses posters to look for extra roommates. the prices are reasenable for what you get. i was really pleased with the flat and even more with my roommates...
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anonymous
Plantijn Hogeschool Van de Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Public Relations / Publicity / Advertising, Graduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
in valencia there are lots of places where you can go to. in the city there is an area called Barrio Carmen. this is really the place to be. The street is filled with bars, pubs and clubs. Different kinds of music...all ages are mixed together here. Outside the city there are a couple of big clubs like The Face. At night there are special trains or buses that go there, but i've never been there because it's not my cup of tea. Every wednesday there is an erasmusparty in Warhol, a little club on Blasco Iba˝ez (a big avenue where most students live). When you register in with the local erasmus-organization you get a personal card an you will be informed of everithing the organization organises (fiestas, trips,...). In summer the beach-clubs open there doors. The amazing thing is that you dance outside, under the stars, right next to the beach, it's a magical feeling when you see the sun rise while dancing! There are a lot of nice little bars in valencia, when you walk around for a few days, you discover them yourself.
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anonymous
Plantijn Hogeschool Van de Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Public Relations / Publicity / Advertising, Graduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
It's always a good thing to ask the local students which courses are interesting. Most courses i choose related with the courses i follow in belgium. I also choose a couple of practical courses so i would not have too many exams.
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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
i can not think of any right now, sorry
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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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anonymous
Plantijn Hogeschool Van de Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Public Relations / Publicity / Advertising, Graduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not really, just go with the flow, open your eyes and enjoy everything new that you see or hear.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
For me, the courses were about the same things as in belgium, but everything with a different point of view. The things I learned here were sometimes the same things that I already had learned in belgium but you always get something extra. Most local students want to help when you have problems with the courses. Most teachers are reasenable to talk to.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
I thing going abroad as an erasmusstudent is one of the best things I have ever done. Oke, helpful advice: before comming here I think the best thing is to learn at least a bit of spanish or follow a local course (because it is really frustrating when you can not express yourself). Do not pay too much for renting an apartement. e.g. for 60.000 pesetas you can have a flat with 4 bedrooms, kitchen (fridge, micro-wave, washingmachine,...), living-room... when you find 3 others students to live with, this is really a good price (each 15.000 pesetas a month). sometimes you can even find cheaper. I can tell from experience that you will have too many luggage when you go back home. There are a few ways to get extra kilos at home: by post or by bus. There are a lot of buses that go to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam... you can send luggage with it, without going yourself and at a good price (just make sure that there is somebody to pick up that luggage).
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anonymous
Plantijn Hogeschool Van de Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Public Relations / Publicity / Advertising, Graduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I spent more on telephone because I called my friends an family. I spent less on accommodation because it is cheaper to rent a flat in spain than in belgium. I spent more on nightlife because I went out more often than in belgium (but going out isn't more expensive). I spent less on traveling because it can be really cheap to travel in spain.
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Nightlife, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Housing:
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
Cost-saving tips: at first when my roommates and I went shopping for food, we took the brands that we knew. But after a while we just took the cheapest ones, they taste the same. When you're looking for extra furniture you can look in the streets, that's what I did (I turned into a bum). In spain there are big containers in the streets where people get rid of their garbige. A lot of people also put old furniture in the streets, you can easily take them away (this way we got a salon-table, a desk, little wardrobe,...).
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anonymous
Plantijn Hogeschool Van de Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Public Relations / Publicity / Advertising, Graduate, Erasmus
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: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
When I arrived in spain, I only had three month of spanish lessons before. I thought I would be able to (at least) understand the people...but I didn't. The first few weeks I had a lot of difficulties in expressing myself. I was a tourist during the courses. But in spain it is easy to follow a spanish course, so I did. After that and also by talking to local students, my spanish improved.
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