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Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

194 Overall Reviews
4.04 / 5 based on 819 reviews
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nileshp69
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Art, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Barcelona
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
What the course options were. The proper dates for the start of term.
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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
4
Costs
4
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The university has a good choice of courses on offer. But ensure that you learn as much of the language as possible before departing.
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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
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Even if you are going there on your own, the first few days can be very daunting. But once at university, you will be making lots & lots of friends. However, as a British student in a foreign country, it is very easy to form social groups with other British students. I would reccomend against this; obviously make some friends of the same nationality, so that there is always people there that you can talk to easily, if you are feeling down for whatever reason. But I would encourage mixing with other foreign students and obviously spanish students, to get the most out of the experience. There are a couple of travel/erazmus/student bars and cafes, find out where they are & hang out there to meet people. Finally, be extra careful of yourself and your belongings compared to England, there is a very high crime rate, and quite a few friends of mine got mugged; so be careful!
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sophie
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International Relations, Undergraduate, Study abroad program
Universitat de Barcelona
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had made more of an effort to meet spanish people because I really did not have a spanish experience, but rather I had an American experience in Spain. Also, keep in mind that Barcelona is a very big and at times impersonal city... people are not as friendly and inviting as they may be in the south. If you are going to make spanish friends, it is up to you. Finally, Barcelona is not stereotypical Spain... it is Catalunya, which means no flamenco, no bullfights, etc.
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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
2
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
If you take classes in the Univerosty, then I strongly recommend it because it is beautiful and you will learn a lot. But remember that it is very big so it does not have any type of campus feel.
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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
3
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Travel as much as possible, to as many places as possible, and pack very lightly. Definitely study abroad because it is a life-changing experience and you grow up a lot. Be prepared to have culture shocks and expect periods during which you will be unhappy and frustrated with your host city. Be open and adaptable. Make every effort to meet spanish people because that is a large point of the experience.
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maobregon81
Universidad La Salle del Noroeste, Cd. Obregon, Mexico
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Universitat de Barcelona
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
There's so much to do in Barcelona, I'd wish I hadn't wait to do certain things or visited places like parks or museums until the end. You think "I will have plenty of time to do that later" but you don't. Get to know the people and Barcelona since the first day you arrive!
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Winter semester doesn't have a lot of student activities (parties, day trips,..) like the spring one(feb-june).The campus of facultats economiques is nice, but central campus is prettier, it's worth visiting it.
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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
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Don't get stuck trying to make friends only in Universitat de Barcelona, almost all of my friends over there were guys and girls from all over Spain that studied in different schools in Barcelona. Be sure to meet local people eventhough they seem a little rude at the beginning you'll find out that they are very nice people, and that they do really good and honest friends.
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babse
Pädagogische Akademie des Bundes Wien, Vienna, Austria
Education, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Barcelona
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I knew that i should have studied more spanish it would have made everything a lot easier - you are just more independant from the beginning.
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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
2
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I just love this city and i must honestly say that I didn't take my studies that serious here - it's a good university but the catalan may be a problem.
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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
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
study the language before you come here - it makes it a lot easer. Get used to the word - mañana - if you need something. be open - do what you want - make the best out of it - and try to profit from it. Travelling is pretty cheap - bus is the cheapest mean of transport - granada is a great city - 7000pst. one way - different flair,... madrid is cool too ... but when you choose a hostel make sure it's a decent area - great museum of art - reina sophia ..... barcelona grooves
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Ken
Medizinische Universitaet zu Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany
Medicine, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Barcelona
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
If you decide to go to Barcelona before the start of the semester, e.g. in August, keep in mind that many university and administrative offices and even shops will be closed or at least open for only minimal hours due to vacations. Keep in mind that you're not really awaited: You'll experience lots of problems concerning accommodation and living that during the first two weeks you might want to go home immediately (some did!), but don't give up or you'll miss a great time!
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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
3
Costs
1
Activities
4
Campus life
1
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Don't forget to attend the Castellano courses for ERASMUS students at the UB! They only cost appr. 40€ for 36h of classes instead of 400€ as the regular price. It's good quality, usually good fun and a perfect opportunity to get to know other European exchange students.
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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
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Be aware that there are a lot of pick-pockets running around BCN, especially at the touristy spots (Rambla, Pla. Catalunya, Pla. Reial etc.). Nearly everyone I knew had got robbed at least once. So leave your wallets and credit card collections at home and choose wisely what to take with you into the streets. A good idea is to replace your thick wallets by the slim plastic cases (estuches) of the Metro company (TMB) that can be obtained at the TMB offices. Placed into your pocket, their slimness makes them pretty insuspicious. Before arriving in BCN, consider that you most likely will be on the hunt for a flat at first. You therefore will be in need of a youth hostel for a few days. Book in advance! I forgot to do it, and it was hell finding a bed for a night. When arriving in BCN, usually a major concern is to stay connected or to be reachable for others. The best option is to buy a prepaid SIM card for your mobile phone (Amena, MoviStar, Airtel), e.g. at FNAC, El Corte Inglés or any mobile phone store. If possible, don't come by car! Parking is a big problem and a constant struggle in BCN, and even if you found a (legal!) parking space in the street, chances aren't too low you find your car broken up the next day. But after all: BCN is a wonderful, inspiring and international city that is going to absorbe you. Even if you are to encounter annoying problems occasionally, you'll still be in beautiful and charming BCN.
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Swear2
Goucher College, Baltimore, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitat de Barcelona
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish that I had spent more time abroad. Other than that...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
4
Activities
4
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
For me, the university was only a reason to come to Barcelona. The university itself is fine. But if you come here, you will be spending most/all of your time in the amazing city itself, soaking everything in. It is a great city and an alright school.
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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
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Travel - go everywhere. General - have fun. Don't cut corners to save a buck unless you are really strapped for cash. The whole reason you are here is to do things that you would not regularly have a chance to do. Take advantage of the situation.
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