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Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) reviews

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4.60 / 5 based on 40 reviews
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Brian
Clemson University, Clemson, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Learning languages is a wonderful experience and it truly is the ultimate test of your will. There were times I did not wish to speak Spanish, but for myslef I kept going forward. At times living in another country is difficult. I had my bad days and my good days, but overall you learn invaluable things about yourself and the people that surround you.
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Brian
Clemson University, Clemson, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The cost of living is much cheaper than in the United States, however, within the U.S. I do not do much travelling therefore I obviously spent more travelling in Spain since my travelling experience within the U.S. is limited.
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Food, Housing, Overall:
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
A major cost-saver would be to rent an apartment and not pay the high price of the residences.
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Brian
Clemson University, Clemson, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Most courses are taught in Catalan, however, one is able to ask the teacher to speak in Castellano since all professors are bilingual in both Spanish and Catalan.
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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
Academic life is impressive.
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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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Brian
Clemson University, Clemson, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
4.7/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I would have known how much I would love Spain because I would have gone sooner.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I recommend going to URV because it is a wonderful experience, you have Barcelona on your doorstep, and the Golden Coast is one of the most beautiful views in all of Spain.
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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
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Set up separate accounts for hosuing, one for leisure spending, and another for emergencies. I found at times I failed to have sufficient funds to pay for my apartment and needed to save money at times.
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Brian
Clemson University, Clemson, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
El Puerto is the place to go to club at night. Thursday nights are when most students go out on the town because weekends most students that live in the Barcelona areas go home.
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Brian
Clemson University, Clemson, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: RESIDENCE
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
i HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN AN APARTMENT OFF CAMPUS AND IT WAS THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE. I HAD 24-HOUR EXPOSURE TO THE LANGUAGE AND I ALSO HAD THE FREEDOM TO INVITE GUESTS TO HAVE SOCIAL GATHERINGS UPON MY OWN CONSENT.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
THERE ARE MANY PLACES OF ACCOMMODATION. I PERSONALLY PREFER AN APARTMENT AS OPPOSED TO THE RESIDENCE, BUT FOR A NEWCOMER TO SPAIN IT IS A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO MEET OTHER FOREIGNERS WHOM ARE ALSO INTERESTED IN STUDYING SPANISH.
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