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University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Universidad de Zaragoza
Course recommendations
DO NOT STUDY "cursos trimestral/annual de lengua y cultura para extranjeros" language courses at The Departmento de Espanol como lengua extranjera, edificio interfacultades, Universidad de Zaragoza. In short: really bad teaching, no social side, expensive, little improvement to spanish. It is a terrible waste of your money and time. Some teachers have no experience with little training and lack basic personal skills expected of a teacher, classes are poor in most ways. The classes are basic and teacher preparation consists of photocopying textbooks, no actual spanish is used (spanish is always especially written for foreigners) even though we were "upper intermediate" level, there was little real conversation (following models in the textbooks like pre GCSE) and less culture than previous courses in the UK! The courses seem good value - mine was 260 hours for 680 euro which is 9 - 2.15 daily with 30 mins break - but every teacher arrives very late, you take extra breaks and finish the class early so you end up with 3 hours of poor language classes a day. They are able to continue to do this because they advertise heavily. Although the university is public, the spanish government privatised some parts of universities - so these courses are private. Teachers are bad because they are paid less than government run language schools so better/qualified teachers look to teach in reputable institutions, and earn more money. If you need more reason to not do this course, there are no social activities whatsoever to welcome students or encourage mixing. Most students outside classes had not met each other even by the end of the 3 months. The excursions they advertised were 2 days in a row to 2 places about 6 weeks into the course. I reccommend the escuela oficial de idiomas no 1. Although it's only 2 hours a week you will study the same grammar at the same pace as your level in the university school. The teachers are very professional and they are paid by the government so the quality of teaching is very high.
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Kingston University, Kingston, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Zaragoza
I wish I had known...
No as i had been in spain before and knew how to live 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
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / location
Personal recommendation
Good teaching methods and sports and proves a very good place to learn spanish as there is little dialect.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies & career
Final comments
I travelled all over spain whilst studying in Zaragoza. By bus you are about 3 hours from Barcelona and Madrid, from where you can easily access the whole of Spain. Iberia did deals for 10,000 ptas about €60 to travel anywhere in Spain if you are under 26. Barcelona is a must and so is the south of Spain.
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University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Philology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Zaragoza
Main source of funding:
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The cost of living in Spain is in general cheaper. I stayed centrally and therefore managed to save money on travelling expenses.
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Housing, Telephone, Nightlife, Travel, Food, Overall:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Personal comments
Try and find a flat with a phone in it or organise a mobile phone in the country, phone boxes do not except incoming calls and using a British mobile abroad would cost a bomb.
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Università degli Studi di Roma - La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Literature, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Zaragoza
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Administrative / Institutional
Personal comments
I study spanish and latin american literature so the most important thing was to improve my spanish as better as possible, for this reason I chose to live with spanish people only, the exeperience was great as well as at university where I learnt academic spanish and where I leart writing academic works in spanish
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Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Zaragoza
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
When sharing an apartment with locals, you have the opportunity to get to know the culture and local customs. At the same time you are not too dependent on your fellow tenants.
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Personal assessment
Personal comments
Housing is not arranged by the university, although they do provide tips on where and how to find accomodation.
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Internationales Management Center Krems GMBH, Krems, Austria
Tourism, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad de Zaragoza
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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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
Personal comments
Erasmus students mainly meet at the clubs Tierra, El 66 and Casa del Loco; all of which have a pretty good mixture of (European) music. Other areas for going out include La Zona (behind the Corte Inglés) and El Rollo. Best Café: Café Zen (Calle Alfonso) and Café Antiguo (Gran Via)
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