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Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

162 reviews
4.27 / 5 based on 162 reviews
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Emily
University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, United States
History, Art, Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad del País Vasco
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
Communication wasn't at all a problem in San Sebastian as the instructors and the local people were so helpful and open to students coming in and learning the language.
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Emily
University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, United States
History, Art, Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad del País Vasco
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
The dollar was very strong to the Spanish peseta so I was spending much less than I was at home, especially compared to where I live now (NY)
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Telephone, Housing, Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Food, Overall:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
No surprises at all. The cost of living there is quite good when compared to American costs.
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Emily
University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, United States
History, Art, Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad del País Vasco
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
All are pretty amazing. I personally loved the Art History and Literature courses. Also, the Anthropology courses on local cuture are fabulous!
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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
Cannot complain about anything in regards to the academic life.
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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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Emily
University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, United States
History, Art, Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad del País Vasco
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had moved directly to San Sebastian. Instead I took a 3-day excursion with a group form the consortium, travelling around Spain prior to getting into the life in San Sebastian. It was good to sight-see but just made me feel like abn outsider in Spain as I was in a big touristy group of other Americans.
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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
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
I would strongly recommend this program. I was very satisfied.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I would recommend travelling as much as possible and doing so without a Eurail pass as I found I saved money and frustration by doing it independently. Also, taking along a Let's Go was the best idea! It was a perfect guide as I went around to new cities. Additionally, an intercambio is such a great way to meet people and learn more of the language. The school sets you up with another local student who also wants to practice English. Great little program to get involved in!
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Emily
University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, United States
History, Art, Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad del País Vasco
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
Everything in el parte viejo is a hot spot. Amazing cafes and bars. The whole city of San Sebastian is just raging. So, there's not any particular one that stands out.
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Emily
University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, United States
History, Art, Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad del País Vasco
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I would again live in an apartment for the independence of it, but I would live with Spaniards instead of Americans
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
It was a bit of a mess getting settled. The host university wasn't helpful or accomodating. More or less, simply plop students where they will be. I would recommend instead doing it all independently, by using the university's bulletin boards as information on who needs a roommate
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