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Universitat de Valčncia (UV) reviews

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4.27 / 5 based on 336 reviews
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Katrin
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Valčncia
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: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
From the first day on I tried to hang around only with spanish or southamerican people to improve ma spanish. I heard of a lot of people who only knew other international students and who passed days without speaking a spanish word at all. The spanish people are really nice and open, so it´s not too hard to make new friends.
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Katrin
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Valčncia
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
I didn´t have a fixed telephone so I had to call from my mobile or from a public telephone. Generally the rents are cheaper in Spain. The nightlife is less expensive than in Germany, but I went out more than at home! Even after a few months you still feel like being on holiday! I traveled more than I do in Germany, because I had only a few months to get an impression of the country.
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Nightlife, Travel, Telephone, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Housing:
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
Bring your mobile and a buy a spanish SIM-Card. Most households don´t have a fixed telephone!
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Katrin
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Valčncia
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Don´t join the courses in "valenciano", you don´t understand a word and it´s real extra-work.
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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
The university of Valencia doesn´t have an introduction week at the beginning of the semester. And most of the teachers still don´t have fixed hours of attention. It would be nice to organize a meeting for all the international students because you loose a lot of time until you really start studying.
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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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Katrin
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Valčncia
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I am glad that I didn´t have a ERASMUS grant for one year because I would have prefered to make an internship than going another semester to the university. The quality of the courses wasn´t so high and I didn´t improve so much. While you are working with spanish people, I think, you still get to know more about the country and you have more opportunities to improve.
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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
3
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Organize an introduction day or week for the international students! Help them understand the university-system!
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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
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
The ERASMUS center, organized by students, is quite good. Go there, get an ID, and they will send you about one or two short messages a week and send you letters with all important student-parties and student-travels. They are really good, and mainly in the beginning it helps you to know more people.
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Katrin
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Valčncia
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: 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
I loved the old town part "El Carmen" but that´s not really an inside info because nearly everyone goes there. My best insider: ask for the "circulo teatro". A bunch of bars and cafes organize entertainments at night, the program changes every two month. The entrance is for free, you only have to drink something.
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Katrin
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Journalism, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitat de Valčncia
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?
Sharing a students-apartment I lived together with other young people including native spanish speakers. It`s was the best way to know a lot of people and to improve my spanish.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I had no accommodation at the University. Generally the "collegio mayor" are more expensive than normal apartments. And there are a lot, so it´s not hard to find one.
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