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Universidad de León (UL)

143 reviews
4.20 / 5 based on 143 reviews
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elodie w
IFI Rouen, Rouen, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
I found that the Spanish system was too academic. As I was studied marketing, I will be pleased to have more case study and profesionals who would intervene during courses rather than to take notes and notes, to learn and to make the exam.
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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
They shoud teach more as profesional than teachers. Spanish students doesn"t appear mature and ready to have their future jobs. It would be better to have more profesionals, conferences, and to oblige students to go there. On top of that, the level of language is very low in Spain. Spanish students don't have the same enthusiasm to go abroad as the danish people, english and french people. They should develop the courses of language,because nawadays its essencial to know three or more languages. In my universitt, they should bear in mind that they are educating futuring profesional and not to be so academic.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
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elodie w
IFI Rouen, Rouen, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, 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
At the beginning, I recognize that I was difficulties to understanf because of the rapidity of talking. It was too dificult when I had to go the administration because it is a specific voacabulary. Since the beginning, I decided to talk only in spanis because I was there for that. So with the other foreign sutdent, we taked in spanish sometimes we mixed french words to define a english word then to find the spanish word that we wanted to say. It was funny. My level was better but when you are only with forign people like you, you used to ouse the same words, it is like a vicious circle. So my levet was stagnating. But, I had the opportunitis to meet spanish people and they became my friends, I improve my spanish level considerally.By the way, I used to the accent, the words which make the difference, the expression and I had the chance to have a friend who took the time to explain me some aspects of his culture, it was mi "padrino" during this trip. One times per week, w organised a meeting, one hourwe were talking in french and do some gramar execises because he was studied french, and the second hour, we were doing the same thing but in spanish for me. Now, in my home university, I study the specific business vocabulary to perfect my language.
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elodie w
IFI Rouen, Rouen, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
nothing special
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
They have a good organisation to welcome the foreign students, so keep it. But, I would like studying definitevely there because I don't like the way of teaching.
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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
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
When you go to Spain or another country abroad, you must bear in mind that it is an opportunity to improve your level in language, you must avoid staying with people who are from the same country. You will fall in a trap. So, you heve to speak with foreign people and spanish...and speak, a lot , a lot, because it si thanks to this way that you will be fluent. Secondly, you have to adapt you to your new country and not the contrary. So you must be prepared to make a lot of efforts during this year. You must understand a culture, a way of acting of native people. Sometimes, you would not be agree,it is normal but you must understand.You must to be open minded and tolerant. By the way, you will make your integration. Then, be careful, at the beginning , you need to have a time of adaptation. Generally, it is one month or less. It depends of the person. It is better to share a appartment with other people. It costs less and spanish students are used to practising in this way. Spanish are not really preoccupied by the time. You must be patient. To travel, they have a good red for buses. It cost less and it is rapid. So, that's all, have a good year !!!
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elodie w
IFI Rouen, Rouen, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
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 spend more in travels, because I considered that as I was abroad, it was a real opportunity to discover a country,a culture and people and I had the time. So I visited many places as soon as it was financialy possible.
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Overall, Nightlife, Food, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
No
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elodie w
IFI Rouen, Rouen, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: A room exchange
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I answered that because I HAD experiences in the housing thanks to my trip in Spain for studies and I know that I will have more independance in appartment than in a campus or in afamily.I don't want to live also in campus because I dont go abroad as a student but as a profesional.Moreover, to succeed a total integration in the country during this month abroad, I prefer living in this way because I know that if I am in a campus, I will stay more with French people and other foreign people and I will do not give the means to talk with the native people and understand their culture.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
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Personal comments
It was a great experience. First, because I learned a second language and despite of this aspect, I learned to live in other environment, to be flexible and adaptable. Moreover, more than an universatary experiences, I learned to live with other people, other culture and thanks to that,now I am more open minded and it was also a good experience to know me more, to see how I react in a new environment,to know what I really wanted to do in my future. It was real personal enrichment.
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elodie w
IFI Rouen, Rouen, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
In Spain, Parties take part of the culture and it mixs with the religion. That's why, in Leon, you can't miss the week of Easter, because during one week, every day you have religious processions and for the night you have big parties in all over town with different theme. There is also the Leon's parties. It is three days where you make parties to celebrate the town : Leon. It occures at the end of June. Moreover, Leon is famous because is one of the important point of the St Jacques de Cpmostelle's walk. THe town have a huge catedral. If you to go to parties, all the bars are concentrated in neighbourhood called the Barrio Humedo, contrary to other town in Spain.Each bar has its music and you go to place to place duting all the night. If you go to Leon, you must taste the specialites of pork butchery. When you are in Spain, you must go to the tapas. You go to bar to bar with your group of friends and you drink and eat specialities of the region talking with your friend. It is real convivial moment. Then,if you like to travel, you must go to Barcelona, to visit various Works of Gaudi. Madrid is famous for is museums. Each region as France has its espaecialities. If you want to make ski o to walk through the montain, you must go to the picos de Europa. I discovered during one year a rich country.
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