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Universitat d'Alacant (UA)

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4.29 / 5 based on 354 reviews
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Jessica
University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat d'Alacant
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The lectures and support were all in spanish and my progress was notable in a short period of time - my understanding improved dramatically although i still had problems with responding in some situations - this was more a confidence issue than ability! On reflection I would just jump in with both feet - make the mistakes and be corrected!
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Jessica
University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat d'Alacant
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Food is much cheaper in spain - cost of living is way below that of Britain. Most calls I made were international - made with a Eurodirect phonecard - but spent quite alot this way, also I normally text friends but it was expensive to do this internationally! Also I wouldn't normally travel that much at home - in spain i took advantage of my position and the accessibility to the country! Therefore this expenditure was irregular to normal living costs!
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Overall, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Food, Nightlife:
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
Carnet joven - you get discounts on public transport (Bonojoven - tam office), at the cinema and others! Also shop in Lidl in San Vicente - it's economical and really not as bad as everyone thinks!
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Jessica
University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat d'Alacant
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
if you can do a first year option do introduction to marketing with felipe ruiz moreno - an excellent lecturer - quite young and quite fit!! Very helpful!
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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
If you can at the beginning of the course go and see the lecturer about doing a 'paper' that can count towards your end result - this alleviates some of the pressure of the final exam!
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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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Jessica
University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat d'Alacant
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
just the accomodation really - you dont need to find something before you get over there as there is loads of availablilty!
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The campus is gorgeous - be prepared for changes in the weather, we cooked til nov, then froze til jan!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Do travel when you are over there - go on the arranged trips - you meet loads of people!
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Jessica
University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat d'Alacant
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within 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
Cisne bar - an amazing tapas bar - go for the cisne tapeo Do go to the shopping centres - plaza mar 2, San vicente etc - they are so much more convenient than the shopping street and air conditioned/ heated throughout The cinema - excellent for testing your language skills there are 2 castles in the city, one is the most obvious - and has to be climbed as a matter of principal.....the other is not so obvious - just a few walls - but behind these there is quite a significant sports and leisure development that is worth a look!
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Jessica
University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat d'Alacant
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
The experience was beneficial - it taught me what to look for, how to look for it and to be open minded about flat shares and choices. Also moved in with other students so had instant friends network!
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I chose to find my accomodation from britain, as I thought this was the most economical option - the other being to go over to spain, stay in a hostal and find somewhere like that - however I didnt know the degree of availablity of student accomodation - which was plentiful - had i known this i would have travelled first and looked when I arrived. By doing it online i was unable to meet the landlord, judge the state of the property or compare it fairly - as a result I paid too much and was not totally satisfied. However the location was fantastic and alot can be said for the accessibility to the city itself and the proximity to public transport
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