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University of California, Los Angeles

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4.14 / 5 based on 134 reviews
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Javier
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
University of California, Los Angeles
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Although English is not my mother tongue, I started studying it when I was six, and I had lived before in the US. Also, being in an international environment contributed to the fact that the English used was very understandable. I had no language problems at all.
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Javier
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
University of California, Los Angeles
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Cost of life is more expensive.
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Food, Overall, Housing, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Utilities might take time (up to a week). Better have everything solved before moving in.
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Javier
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
University of California, Los Angeles
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
William Cockrum, Robert Foster and George Geis' courses were one of the bests I have ever had.
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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 workload was high, but challenging. However, some of the courses could be better structured, so students could manage their time better.
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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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Javier
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
University of California, Los Angeles
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
How demanding the courses were. All the activities available to Anderson students.
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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
4
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Very high level of academics. Also wide offer of activities. Very well considered. Formidable faculty.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Better to travel in advance to look for accommodation. Careful election of courses because they might imply heavy workload.
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Javier
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
University of California, Los Angeles
3.8/5
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, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
I lived in the Westwood area. It is a very nice neighbourhood for students. UCLA campus is also very complete. Santa Monica and Venice beaches present a wide offer of places for shopping and leisure.
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Javier
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
University of California, Los Angeles
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Independence
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I find that the offer is much wider for undergraduates, which makes sense. It was not too difficult to find accommodation for the whole school year, although it was a bit harder to find something for short periods of time.
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