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Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Lisboa

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4.33 / 5 based on 93 reviews
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Suzana D
Univerza v Ljubljani, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Management Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Bairo Alto, parties at Nova university, Karaoke bar in Bairo Alto in the morning hours has a great atmosphere Chapito, Pois Caffe
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Suzana D
Univerza v Ljubljani, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Management Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
An appartment where I'm living is for 6 people, during these time, I had different portuguese, african and other european roomates. The relationships in the house are really good, I've met so many diffrent people and with that I learned how to deal with diffrent people in all kind of situations in best possible way. Also, when we have problems with the house we have to deal with it more or less by our selves, which gives you a feeling of certain independence.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
You have to have real luck to find a good and cheap apartment in Lisbon. I had luck with low price of the rent, but the apartment is quite old, so things are breaking all the time. Since the people in the house get a long well and since the location suits me perfectly and cause of our big terrace, I never thought about changing the apartment.
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Suzana D
Univerza v Ljubljani, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Management Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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 the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I've learned the languege by socializing with portuguese people and with books by my self
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Suzana D
Univerza v Ljubljani, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Management Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
A lot of individual and group work, so when you are choosing a course, choose the one you are really interested in, cause in that way you can actually learn a lot.
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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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Suzana D
Univerza v Ljubljani, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Management Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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
it's more expencive than at home, in my country we still don't have Euros, and I think that some how with Euros you spend more, just my opinion.
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Overall, Travel, Nightlife, Housing, Telephone, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
If you cook for your self or eat at some cheap university cantines you can save money on food. You can save money on phone if you take special packages.
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Suzana D
Univerza v Ljubljani, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Management Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I've taken a portuguese language course before coming here.
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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
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
You have to work quite a lot at thins university, which some times can be a problem if you are in Lisbon just for the parties. The professors are nice, as well students will help, but for good results you have to work and manage in many things on your own.
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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
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Erasmus is a good experience for every student. You learn to how to act in different situations around different people and although all the parties and having fun, I think you as well mature a lot and learn to behave independently. Lisbon is a great city to live in, always something is going on, for sure I would recommend it as an Erasmus destination.
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