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Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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Excellent University with some improvable points
LAURA B
Spain, Undergraduate
Economics, 2020
Overall
Six years at Pompeu Fabra University are enough to deep into the universities' strengths and weaknesses. Despite being a young university is has been ranked by the Times Higher Education among the 100 best universities in Europe and the best University in Spain. Consequently, Pompeu Fabra stands out for its quality, especially in the social science disciplines such as economics or international business administration. 
The University has made wide efforts to promote internationalization and adapt to new educational methods. Thus, it not only accepts many international students coming from the best universities in the world, but it also promotes studying abroad through many exchanges. 
The functioning of the university is clear. There are some master classes mostly done by associate professors who are currently working in important firms or companies, and there are seminars of a minimum of two hours per subject. In those, reality cases or practical exercises are studied to get in contact with the practicality of different job prospects. 
There are three campuses located closely one each other in Barcelona, so it is easy to know people from other disciplines. 
However, Pompeu Fabra University has a severe disadvantage associated with the shortage of organizational capacity. It is almost impossible to balance the studying life with any working opportunity or necessity. Schedules vary each week, and there is no attendance flexibility. Moreover, there are many empty hours between lessons, so if you don't live close to the campus, you are forced to spent the whole day in it. On the other hand, campuses count on many services, and they are well-equipped.
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Pros
Quality, wide education availability, high student life.
Cons
High difficulty to balance student life with working experiences
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Pública y de calidad
Liuva R
Spain, Undergraduate
Political Science, 2023
Overall
La UPF es una universidad de Barcelona con nombre internacional, que a lo largo de los años ha ido ampliando su oferta académica, pero que destaca de entre otras universidades de la ciudad catalana por su alto nivel docente en el ámbito de las Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas. 
Respecto a las/os docentes, estos tienen un alto nivel de preparación, así como un intenso recorrido en su materia. Es todo un honor poder aprender de profesionales como ellas y ellos. Paralelamente, debe ser destacado el elevado nivel de exigencia de la universidad, el cual se traduce a lo largo de los años como éxito profesional/laboral. 

Referente a la vida universitaria y el ambiente del campus es especialmente relevante la homogeneidad entre culturas distintas, no solo en términos de internacionalidad sino a nivel nacional, ya que gran parte del alumnado proviene de pueblos o ciudades de alrededor de la Península. En consecuencia, el campus está lleno de puntos de vista distintos y un joven alumnado dispuesto a aprender y disfrutar tanto de los estudios universitarios como de la propia ciudad barcelonense.
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Pros
Renombre, oportunidades y docència
Cons
Organización interna
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UPF's international professional help
Julia C
Spain, Undergraduate
Economics, 2023
Overall
I am currently looking for a suitable internship for me, starting this next academic year. Since this July my exchange in the Netherlands (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, EUR) will come to an end, I am more inclined to also do an internship abroad; that's why I've also registered to iAgora, as well as made use of UPF's online tools.
The UPF offers a lot of useful information online, as well as professionals whose job is to guide students in their non-academic aspirations. This guidance includes videocalls with said professionals, where they provide very relevant information about the CV, job-offer portals, as well as how to make a good use of the social network linkedIn. Finally, there's also a UPF portal that links undergraduates/alumni to companies quite easily. Thus simplifying the search process for UPF students.
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Pros
In my opinion, the videocall with the professional career-counselor; she really calmed me down and walked me through the process from student to worker in a very efficient and down-to-earth way.
Cons
When students contact the International Mobility office, they may take long to reply, and they're not too keen on answering calls.
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sschlaf
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
No.
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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
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Its one of the best University of Spain. The quality standard is very high and you could study very good.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
If you come from Germany its helpful to have a current account at Deutsche Bank, because you get money without fees. You should go to the south of Spain to see other the real Spain flavour. In Barcelona its all mixed. My favourite town is Granada and Sevilla.
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anne g
Institut Supérieur d'Interprétation et de Traduction, Paris, France
Translation-Philology, Graduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Everything was OK. I can't remember any problems I encountered. Just keep in mind, that medical services are not great. My friend was rushed to hospital back in France.
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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
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
I really like this university in brand new buildings at the time. They offer good training, follow job market trends, offer 4th year specialization... Definitely a good choice
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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
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
I rented a car and drove upnorth on the catalonian cost to Cadaques, visited Olot (old medieval translation center), Figueres, and other nice villages. I had a great time. Barcelone has a lot to offer- montains, sea, nice countryside...
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Barcelona es una ciudad cosmopolita y en este centro realmente fomentan la ambición para aprender de los alumnos y la necesidad de abrir las puertas hacia una carrera profesional.
andrea r
Spain, Undergraduate
Business Studies, 2019
Overall
Muchas asignaturas prácticas, profesores con posiciones en empresas que aportan una visión más útil y enfocada. Instalaciones muy modernas y completas. Servicios extra como colaboraciones con otras universidades, becas, convenios con empresas...Muy amplios. Un resultado satisfactorio por parte de todo el staff que trabaja en la Pompeu.
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Pros
Ya comentado
Cons
Más importancia a los idiomas y a la cultura.
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