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Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) reviews

49 Languages Reviews
4.12 / 5 based on 309 reviews
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Maria
University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Host Language is Spanish, but locally obviously spoke Catalan. While understanding Catalan posed little problems, speaking and writing were very difficult. I didnt enjoy the classes we were given, and found them badly taught, so on finishing the basic course didnt advance. otherwise my spanish improved a lot, although perhaps not due to academia.
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Michael
LSE, London, United Kingdom
Economics, Graduate, PhD
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Although language of instruction at graduate level is English, a basic knowledge of Spanish and/or Catalan is useful as administrative matters are usually dealt with in those languages. Furthermore, most positions as teaching assistants require the ability to lecture in Spanish.
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Stefanie
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Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
5.0/5
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: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
When I came to Spain, I was a little bit afraid of speaking Spanish because I hadn't speak it a long time and so I was not used to it. In Barcelona there are many exchange students, so there is an intercultural flair, you can improve your German, English, French, Spanish and a lot more. I had an improvement of my English and Spanish skills and I also had a language tandem where I explained the German grammar to spanish students.
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Claudio
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Spanish
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my 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:
My level after:
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
It was a positive experience, the course only had 10 studens therefore there was a lot of student iteraction with the professor as well as discussion time. We also conducted projects that allowed us to interview local students on certain situations.
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sschlaf
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Spanish
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my 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: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
If you don`t want to learn Catalan, you have some problems to connext wiht the hom students. But with Spain you will not get problems to live in Barcelona. All the people, except some older, speak also Spain, so you could communicate as well.
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anonymous
Portland Community College, Portland, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Catalan
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Catalan a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Catalan
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your Catalan?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
if you are aware that you want to be in spanish situations, you are able to, but it is easy to go with the other english students. Catalan is spoken alot around the area, its the official language of the U.
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