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Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

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4.17 / 5 based on 821 reviews
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anonymous
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Chemistry, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad Complutense 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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Having had studied for 4 years Spanish in highschool , when I arrived, I did understand much of what was being said. But the big problem was tot try to express myself. Hopefully, I lived with Spanish speakers and did not meet any French-speakers , which "condemed" me to speak it at all moments of the day. After a few months, thanks to these 2 factors and the classes being carried out in Spanish, I got much at ease in this language. It has been a wonderful experience to learn a language in this way.
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anonymous
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Chemistry, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Food is much cheaper in Sapin and I do not cook complicated menus, so much of a saving was done. Since I diddn't have a fixed phone, I tried to use this way of communication the less I could, and not becomong addicted to a mobile phone. For accomodation, since in Belgium I still do live with my family, I do not have any expenses. For nightlife, this is a good way to spending nights after sutdying with new friends, and part of Madrid's charm is it's nightlife! I also did feeel more relaxed in Sapin, which meant I "allowed" myself to have some fun. For travel, I had to use this opportunity to discover little by little the country.
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Travel, Nightlife, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone, 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
As in any other European coutry, travelling by train is very expensive;just stick to buses! Otherwise Spain is a country with a good price-quality realtionship, so it sin't much of a finacially problematic country.
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anonymous
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Chemistry, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The educational system in Spain sitll being quite "ineffective", the best is just to take the courses that seem the most attractive and interesting for yourself.
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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
Often in Sapin students only have half- days, meaning that their study takes much more time then necessary, so, why not put more hours per week and less years? Also, the lack of effectiveness in the educational system results in Science students not having much opportunity to do labs.
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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
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Chemistry, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The educational system in Sapin: it is much of a memory work than a reasoning work...
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It is a university with much international alagreements so you will always meet someone of a differnet country.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Sapin si a coutry that shows on how to enjoy life adn the importance of histoy in a country's culture and contemporary way of thinking.
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anonymous
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Chemistry, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The 2 best areas in Madrid must certainly be Lavapiès,which is the immigrant's area with splendid Middle-Eastern and Latin American bars, and the one of La Latina,which has a unique realxed party atmosphere with lots of outdoor amateur and professional concerts. The architecture of the houses and the relatively scarce traffic in these 2 areas favours also a night out in them.
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anonymous
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Chemistry, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Sharing an appartment with locals is a unique opportunity to discover the host country and in case of need, one can always ask for help.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I haven't seen any university residence during my saty.
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