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Universidad de Salamanca (USAL)

522 reviews
4.26 / 5 based on 522 reviews
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Mariana
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Salamanca
3.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
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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
none
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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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Mariana
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Salamanca
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not really, I came as prepared as I could have.
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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
4
Costs
4
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
I think the University is very well prepared to receive international students. I'm pleased.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
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
A helpful advice: do not rent a room before you get to know the city and learn what the best location is for you. I rent a place from Brazil and, after I arrived, realised it was too far from my campus and Spanish course and had to move. Moving was a choice of course, but I think it was the right one. In a small city such as this, you'll want to take advantage of the fact you don't need to take a bus everywhere and actually walk everywhere you need.
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Mariana
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Salamanca
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
In general, life in Spain is more expensive than in Brazil. Euros are much more expensive than Reais too. Because of that I'm always trying to be more economic.
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Overall, Travel, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
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
none
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Mariana
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Salamanca
3.0/5
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
When I came here I could communicate pretty well but sometimes had difficulties to understand the local speakers when the spoke fast. It was even more complicated when it came to the professors during classes, because I couldn't ask them to repeat or speak slower. It wasn't a private class after all. That has gotten so much better though and now I can understand almost the entire class. My communicating skills have improved as well.
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Mariana
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Salamanca
3.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose:
Why?
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I think the housing facilities at the University of Salamanca are excellent but way too expensive for a student who does not have a scholarship. That is why I had to live outside the university campus. I am very happy with my choice though. I'm close to the campus and to the Plaza Mayor which is the heart of the city, the facilities in my flat are good and my flatmate are good and fairly organized people.
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Mariana
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Salamanca
4.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly within 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
If you want you can go out everyday in this down, from Monday to Monday. The thing is you can't produce much during the day if you act like that, so I chose not to. I like going to the cinema, bar de tapas (the best) or just watching a film and having dinner with my friends at home during the week. On Thurday I allow myself to start clubbing and that goes on for two more days. The interesting thing in Salamanca is that, as you can walk everywhere and you don't have to pay to enter the clubs, people usually switch all night long visiting several places in a night. Very different from what happens in my home town, where we have to pick one place to go for the night.
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