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Universidad de Sevilla (US)

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4.29 / 5 based on 527 reviews
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dirtyflamingo
Northeastern University, Boston, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Sevilla
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I'm a native spanish speaker, but the spanish accent from andalucia was a little difficult to understand. the regional dialect is very different from say, madrid or Barcelona.
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dirtyflamingo
Northeastern University, Boston, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Sevilla
3.8/5
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
Mobile phones were more expensive only because i had to use pre-paid. But if you get vodafone, you can get some pretty good prices. if you join the Q Tal group with your friends, it will cost you 6 cents to call and text everyone in the group. i also came with dollars and the dollar was not doing so well this year. So the exchange rate was unfavoralbe for some things.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Overall, Food, Nightlife:
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
If you are coming from the states, to avoid ATM charges open a Citibank account before you come and you can take money out for free. Fees can be as high as $25 per transaction!
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dirtyflamingo
Northeastern University, Boston, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Sevilla
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I took all of my course at the actually university. I took two courses under Cursos para extranjeros which is the closest you will get to taking courses with regular spanish students if your spanish level isnt high enough. you take these courses with other americans and its in spanish taught by professors from the univeristy. I also enrolled in 2 regualr university courses with spanish students. If your level of spanish is very advanced they are very worthyour time. be prepared to do no work all semester and then study like hell to take exams. The classes arent hard as most people said. You just need to keep on top of independant reading. I did all the reading int eh last month of school i was ok.
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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
Be prepared to deal with the lack of resources availabe in the public library and the univeristy library. there are about 50 books.
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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
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dirtyflamingo
Northeastern University, Boston, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Sevilla
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
That there going to be so many Americans in the city. Its rather counter productive if you really want to learn spanish.
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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
3
Costs
3
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Personally i would have gone to a more affluent city just because the poorness of Andalucia shows in the amount of educational resources availalbe for students. Otherwise its just as good as any other university.
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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
4
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I personally would have gone to a bigger city because the nightlife options get tiring quickly, there were too many americans, and there seems to be a lot of resentment on behalf of the citizens towards foreign students. I was harrassed numberous times by men and many guys were randomly assulted.
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dirtyflamingo
Northeastern University, Boston, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Sevilla
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Alameda and Alfalfa. During spring semester there is a natural foods and alternative living festival not to be missed in parque maria luisa. Elefunk on calle Adriano is a great bar. Alfalfa is always happening anytime of the week.
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dirtyflamingo
Northeastern University, Boston, United States
History of Art, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de Sevilla
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: With a family
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I already speak spanish and im familiar with the spanish culture. Although i could come and go as i wished visitors were not allowed and i prefer to be able to cook for myself. Im jsut that kind of independant type person. I do recommend staying with a family if you really want to emerse yourself in the culture. Plus, being vegetarian my only choice was to choose a family over the dorms.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
For the most part housing was great. CIEE did a good job except for the fact they forgot to tell my host mom i was vegetarian and i had a very monotnous semester of the same types of food--mostly tomatoes, spinach, totilla espa˝ola and rotten cheese.
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