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Universidad de Granada (UGR)

Universidad de Granada, Vicerrectorado de Investigación y Relaciones Internacionales, Hospital Real, Cuesta del Hospicio, s/n, 18071 Granada, Spain
4.19 / 5 based on 690 reviews.
Description:
The University of Granada has suffered its ups and downs during its more than 450 years' existence but has always been the focal point of scholarship and learning in the city, to such an extent that Granada can be called a true university city, like Oxford and Salamanca for example, where the university and its colleges and annexes extend throughout the city and its influence is felt in all walks of life.

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86% of students recommend
690 reviews
Housing
4.1/5
All experiences (690)
Student life
4.6/5
5 stars (354)
Academic
3.8/5
4 stars (228)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (90)
Expenses
4.0/5
2 stars (18)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
All you really need is an open mind and you are set to have one of the most incredible, powerful, humbling, amazing times of your life! Read Review
JillD, United States

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HOUSING    
by Jill, Montana State Un, Bozeman, MTiversity, Bozeman, MT, United States
Language, Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)
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: With a family
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I lived with a host family the first semester and then had the opportunity to live with two international students the second semester. Both experiences were exceptional, and am thankful to have had them. If I had the chance again I would live with stufdents mainly because you have more freedom, more in common with peers, forced to do more for yourself ie: shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc. All of which are learning/teaching methods when liiving in a foreign country.
Personal comments:
I know the host family I stayed with was the best in the city. I really couldnt have asked for more. My onsite director did a great job at pairing up host families with students. As far as living in the apt. second semester, it was quite an experience!! Dealing with the landlord, the severe age and dilapidation of the apt...all were priceless learning experiences.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Nathalie, Haute Ecole de la Communauté Française de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Translation/ Interpretation, Erasmus
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: Student life dominates the city
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The alhambra, of course, and the sight of it at the Mirador de san nicolas! incredible! the cinema "granada 10", which becomes night club after the movie-time, has an opera-style interior, golden sofas, and you can have your drink while looking at the film (it really doesn't matter what film you see at this cinema,the location itself is worth a visit! la taberna, a little cafe, best tapas in town (although i think they changed them now, but still..)the street with the "teterías", where you can have your tea in oriental atmoshpere while smoking an waterpipe. la plaza nueva, watch out for hundreds of students doing the traditional "botellón", a kind of "get-your-botlle-and drink-in-the-streets-socializing-event" every thursday, friday and saturday night..great experience...and so much more..
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ACADEMIC    
by Oyvind, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway
Sociology, Erasmus
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:
Take the courses that you feel will be of interest and use to you. There is no point taking up courses that will not be worth your time for one reason or another. I based my overall evaluation on the following criterias: - likelihood of accreditation by home university - of particular academic interest - of particular personal interst - lecturer (teaching method and clarity of language) - fellow students



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 had a very good academic experience because I took up courses in which I felt a good reason to invest time and energy, however I felt that the system itself had several flaws. Firstly, the exams where very short and intense. They did not give you the chance to think things through and express your ideas throroughly. Secondly, good grades could be obtained simply by copying exactly what the lecturer had said in class. Another difficulty was the lack of support from the International Office at the university which was virtually absent. I did feel that I had a rewarding year at the univerisity, but there are certain improvements that could have resulted in an even better experience.

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by simpsonal, University College London, London, United Kingdom
Engineering, Chemical, Erasmus
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: 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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
Andalusian people have crazy ass accents and eat lots of letters, use strange phrases like "al carajo", "illo", and "pisha". Canarian people too, but they are very warm and easy going. Again nothing like staying in a private residence with lots of people to really learn good Spanish. I didn't mix with other ERASMUS students to concentrate and in hindsight a good balance may have been healthier because I arrived home really out of touch and missing Spain too much.
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EXPENSES    
by simpsonal, University College London, London, United Kingdom
Engineering, Chemical, Erasmus
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
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
Spain is half the price of UK. The copas are huge and so cheap! The food (Pata negra hmmmmm) is so good, especially pork but all fruit and veg is the best. Clubs cheap too, can be too full cos numbers rarely counted. In spring can drink in park making things cheaper. Vegetarians are going to be frustrated with the food here.
Travel, Telephone, Food, Nightlife, Overall, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Brits can get a tax saving abroad but make sure that you get a form which means that you can arrange money transfers by fax. Then when you get here you can open an account and transfer by swift. Highly recommend visiting your UK bank before departure and consider opening a separate account with low charges on Pound/Euro exchange. Spanish banks will make you wait a couple of months before you have to re-apply for a cash card. Banks here offer much reduced services. Recommend you bank with a Caja with good national coverage, many are local eg: CAJA GRANADA has a branch on every st in Granada are very few in other cities. High charges for using other card group facilities. Nice you can charge mobile from cash-point. Mobiles here are v.expensive to run. Kids give each other tokes (missed calls) to get each others attention. Skiing is surprisingly expensive but there are cheap days "promocion". Wait for the snow or brake a bone (I did). Obviously be very careful with your wallet and mobile because they'll get stolen in two seconds, even though Andalusian are generally very decent and not prone to violence at all. Careful of gypsies and shabby looking women trying to read your palms. Some Spanish guys can give foreign girls stick (they often think you are guarra), but make Spanish guy friends and u have no problem. Meet some rich locals to really live it up.
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OVERALL    
by Melanie, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Mathematics, Erasmus
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. I think that is what everyone has to experience on his own
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:
The UGR (Universidad de Granada)is a very international university. There are about 1500 Erasmus students a year and many more internationals especially from Southamerica and the north of Africa. The academic standards are quite good compared to other spanish universities, but the way of teaching is more similar to the german school than to the german university system.



FINAL COMMENTS

I can definitly recommand Granada to everyone who wants to go to Spain and is interested in spanish culture. It's such a vivid city full of (international) students and old historical landmarks. If you go there, don't be afraid of not finding a place to stay, because the streets are full of announcements of people who search for flat mates. Don't try to apply for room in a "residencia"! That's quite expensive and more a hotel than a hall of residence. My travel tip is Marocco as it is quite near and you can get a good idea of the oriental / african way of life, especially in Marrakech.
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