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Universidad de Sevilla (US)

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4.29 / 5 based on 527 reviews
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Lieven
Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Literature, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Sevilla
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: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Be warned: the Sevillan dialect is NOT easy to understand, BUT after a while you get used to it. The only way to really improve your Spanish is to get to know locals. It's not very easy, but just go to the Feria de Abril, a little chat here and there and there you go! I have some good friends in Sevilla now. People there are usually very friendly and willing to talk to strangers (that is, if you are interested yourself, and don't act like a complete tourist).
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Lieven
Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Literature, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Sevilla
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Because I just did more things than I would have done at home :) Nightlife is slightly cheaper, if you're a beer drinker.
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Housing, Telephone, Travel, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife:
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
none
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Lieven
Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Literature, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Sevilla
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
In hispanic literature, courses by Prof. Camacho Delgado are very interesting. Always big fun ;) Also García Morales' course was worth following.
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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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Lieven
Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Literature, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Sevilla
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known it would be so short :) Just enjoy it as good as you can. I'll never ever forget my staying there.
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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
3
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Don't think it will be a lot easier than at home, because it isn't :) Most of the Spanish or Hispanic literature classes are of a high level. On the other hand, don't worry if you make some language mistakes, professors allow you to use a dictionnary, and you can impress them if you speak/write good.
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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
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Visit Granada!! It really is a fantastic city, beautiful and alive! The Alhambra is the most beautiful building I have ever seen! Travel enough, but don't forget to explore Sevilla itself: it has so much to offer! Also, I repeat, really try to get to know local people, and definitely go to the Feria de Abril! You won't regret :)
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Lieven
Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Literature, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Sevilla
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Travel, Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Around Plaza Alfalfa there's almost a bar open, and if everything is closed, just go around the corner to the Berlin bar, it's open till 7 in the morning or so :) For the best tapa bars, go to Coloniales, La Cigala de Oro (slightly outside the centre) or El Rinconcillo (tapas are said to have been invented there!).
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Lieven
Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Literature, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Sevilla
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
An apartment or a house give you the most freedom!
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I had a great apartment, everything quite new and clean. Maybe the landlord could have been better, and there was also a lot of noise (I was in Calle Recaredo, a street with very much traffic and... AMBULANCES!), but it was only 5 to 10 minutes away from the centre, and just very nice to live in.
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