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Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC)

137 reviews
4.15 / 5 based on 137 reviews
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Alana
University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
5.0/5
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
I arrived in Spain with a lot of grammatical knowledge, but not a ton of experience with conversation. I left Spain with a higher confidence level when speaking with natives and I could easily use many slang phrases.
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Alana
University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I used pay by the minute instead of a contract for a phone because I was only there for a short period of time and consequently it ended up being more expensive. I had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and I don't do a lot of traveling at home throughout the school year, so that was more expensive than usual.
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Travel, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Food:
was the same price as at home.
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
none
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Alana
University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
5.0/5
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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Alana
University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I would have known the climate better and understood the culture a bit better.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
I would recommend that they make it more accessible to meet international students.
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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
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Bring boots for the rainy climate and find a place to live where you really think you will be comfortable because that can make your life great or awful.
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Alana
University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Travel, Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
none
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Alana
University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Living with 4 native Spanish speakers was hard and at times the age differences made it hard to connect.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The dorms looked like a very nice place to live. They seemed very clean.
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