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Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

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Ken
Medizinische Universitaet zu Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany
Medicine, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Barcelona
2.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Catalan
Was learning Catalan a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Catalan
How much did you improve your Catalan?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Did not speak it
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
At the UB, both Catalan and Castellano are used as official languages, while Catalan is clearly preferred by most students and staff. It is claimed that every teacher and student would unhesitantly swap into Castellano if asked for that, but my experience was that many (by far not all) teachers ignored the presence of ERASMUS students and kept talking in Catalan, making classes impossible to follow. Of course, the bigger the number of exchange students present, the bigger the pressure for the teacher to stick to Castellano...
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Ken
Medizinische Universitaet zu Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany
Medicine, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Barcelona
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Telephone was expensive due to the constant use of pre-paid mobile phone cards. Visits to concerts and operas are more expensive than at home.
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Telephone, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Food, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Travel:
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
If you happen to be in possesion of a Deutsche Bank account, don't forget to take your ec card with you: There a heaps of Deutsche Bank ATMs throughout the city, offering you to withdraw money with no extra costs.
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Ken
Medizinische Universitaet zu Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany
Medicine, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Barcelona
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
It's a good idea to obtain the Medical Conversation Guide which gives interpretations for terminology and medical expressions in Catalan, English and Castellano from the Servei de Llengua Catalana office at the medical faculty. It's very handy in order to get along on the wards and during the classes.
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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
none
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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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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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Ken
Medizinische Universitaet zu Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany
Medicine, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Barcelona
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly outside 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
The XAMPANYERÍA in C/ Reina Christina is not to miss: cheap, good-quality cava in a unique (over-crowded) atmosphere. SAGARDI in El Born for great Basque tapas (pinchos). CAFÉ MUEBLES NAVARRO in C/ Riera Alta for a great living-room atmosphere on old furniture. LA PALOMA in C/Tigre: club in old dance hall combined with house music (on Thursdays). CAFÉ ROYALE (C/ Nou de Zurbano) for easy listening and house music in cool lounge setting.
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Ken
Medizinische Universitaet zu Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany
Medicine, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Barcelona
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Your own apartment, preferably shared with some other exchange students or even better some locals, gives you the maximum of independance and makes you feel more like a real citizen of the city.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Like most of the exchange students to the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), I was referred to HabitatgeJove for the difficult quest for accommodation. This doesn't have to be the best choice: While I was very lucky with my flat, I heard of other misfortunate students who only found housing in sleazy suburbian flats. Therefore it may be more advisable to engage into the tiring and sometimes frustrating search for flats yourself. Take a look at the blackboards in the Central University building of UB where usually a lot of flat ads can be found (watch out for dodgy ones, though!) and at newspaper stands for buy & sell journals.
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