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Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC)

137 reviews
4.15 / 5 based on 137 reviews
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milehigh78
University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, United States
Literature, 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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I spoke pretty good Spanish before I got there. I was able to polish it up in Spain and wrote an honors thesis in Spanish literature, in Spanish, for which I graduated Cum Laude.
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milehigh78
University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Food and rent is cheap. Alcahol is cheaper than at home but I drank more. Travel is more expensive because I didn't travel much in Colorado. Telephone was more expensive because you need a mobile, plus calls to the states.
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Travel, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Housing, 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
Cook at home. Look for deals on clothes and plane tickets right after the holidays are over.
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milehigh78
University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The courses are designed to fulfill the Spanish Lit major at C.U. and K.U.
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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
No, the classes were quite enjoyable and the teachers were captivating and insightful.
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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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milehigh78
University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The rain is no joke, be prepared. Northern Spain can get COLD!
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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
4
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
This part of Spain is so beautiful and off the brainless tourist trail. Go and enjoy.
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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
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I know there is an Erasmus program there. I would recommend going. It's a beautiful city and a great time. Late spring and summer are definately the time to be there.
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milehigh78
University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Night spots: Nao Berlin, a cool dance spot for early on. Bar Tolo: Punk at it's grittiest. Casting: THE hip late night disco.
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milehigh78
University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Accommodation in Spain is cheap compared to the U.S. I got to live with other Spanish students. I had the freedom to come home when ever I wanted and I could cook for my self. I also got to live in the beautiful old section of town.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
If you live in the old section beware that the heat and plumbing are not always the greatest. I have not seen the campus accommodation but I'm sure it's fine. In Santiago you can walk anywhere, so location is not really a problem.
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