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Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

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4.27 / 5 based on 162 reviews
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Elly<font
Joensuun Yliopisto, Joensuu, Finland
Philology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Hardly anyone speaks Basque in town, but at the uni you hear it more. Some people know some English, but don't count on it!
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Elly<font
Joensuun Yliopisto, Joensuu, Finland
Philology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
I travelled and went out more than in Finland. In general Spain is cheaper than Finland even though the Basque Country is one of the most expensive areas in the country.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Overall, Travel:
was the same price as at home.
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
Wine is good and cheap; enjoy it!
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Elly<font
Joensuun Yliopisto, Joensuu, Finland
Philology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The level of English courses is generally not very high, but North American drama course was good fun. "Spanish for foreigners" course is excellent and free for Erasmus students.
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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
I would be great if there were more native speakers among the English professors!
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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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Elly<font
Joensuun Yliopisto, Joensuu, Finland
Philology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The low number of English native speakers among the English philology professors was a surprise to me.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Enjoy the area, its nature and culture, and make the effort to get to know some locals. It's definately worth it!
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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
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
1
Final comments
With Ryanair you can fly cheap to Bilbao and take the bus (there's one every half an hour) from over there to Vitoria. On your way back send some stuff by post to avoid paying for extra kilos.
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Elly<font
Joensuun Yliopisto, Joensuu, Finland
Philology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside 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
There's a very friendly cafe-pintxo place on Calle Dato called Dato 5 and a popular and easy-going bar in the old town close to the Plaza called El 7, that I recommend. Loft and Circulo were the night clubs I mainly went to.
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Elly<font
Joensuun Yliopisto, Joensuu, Finland
Philology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
It's good to get to choose your flat and your flatmates yourself
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The international relations office provides a list of available apartments on request and you get to make the calls.
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