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Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

162 reviews
4.27 / 5 based on 162 reviews
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Heartcore
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
3.8/5
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: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I think the only way to learn a foreign language is to go into a country where the language is spoken. You have to experience it, feel it, dream in it and having it constantly around it. That´s the way it works. Furthermore the culture is playing an important role as well. It is all a part of it.
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Heartcore
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Calling home (friends + family)
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel, Overall, Food, Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Housing:
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
You just have to find the cheap places. That is the most difficult for a someone who is new in town.
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Heartcore
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
It´s all theory.
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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
The need of more classes with projects so the students can apply the theory.
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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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Heartcore
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidad del País Vasco
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
There where a lot of things. So, I didn´t have know when do classes start. Basically there was a really bad communication between my and the host university.
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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
3
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
There are a lot of different parts of the university and I just now one little part. They are not yet prepared to have exchange students. You are just left alone and have to be pretty active to find your way around.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Spain is huge and there are lot of things to see. I didn´t have that much time and I would have liked to have seen more. If you go to Bilbao actually you aren´t going to Spain. You are going to the Basque Country. Do respect that. Politics do play an important role there.
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Heartcore
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, 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, Travel, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
It as eveywhere in Spain and southern Europe. People do not tend to spend the whole night in just a couple of bars but switch the bars constantly. The nightlife is on the street. Mainly one could mention the old center of the town "Casco Viejo" and the street "Pozas".
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Heartcore
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, 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 is nicer to have your own flat with two or three other students.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I looked for my own place. The university didn´t offer any accommodation at all.
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