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Luis
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Banking, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Uppsala Universitet
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning Swedish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Swedish
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Did not speak it
How much did you improve your Swedish?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Did not speak it
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I wanted to learn Swedish. BUT people speak english perfectly and if you tried to speak swedish they lose patience very fast. After if you spoke Swedish people started to see you not as a respectful EU citizen but as a dangerous possible emigrant. They dont appreciate very much the fact you want to learn their language. They see that as a threat, "another foreigner to support within our welfare state" they don t realize you can be very profitable for their economy and society. Unfortunately If you despise swedish as an useless language (only spoken by 9 milion people) they respect you more, In my opinon swedish society is fed up of receiving emigrants from the most distant countries as Iran, chile, Bosnia. Swedish are good people and very open and inocent, they always believe whatever you tell them, they never lie, I like very much this facet of Sweish. Just because this culture and behaviour Swedish had deceived by emigrants and in one way I understand why they look suspiciously to foreingers, they are good but not stupid. Now I m learning swedish for my own, because in spite of everything I like Sweden, Swedish and Swedish language. I regret not to have taken advantage of my situation when I was there. BUT IT WAS TERRIBLY DIFFICULT, and by the way at this time I was not very proficient not even in English so taking 2 languages at the same time was crazy. Anyway it is a shame for the swedish language but my overall communication was OK. Though I would have liked to speak in Swedish with some people I met I could not. But I m sure I WILL
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Luis
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Banking, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Uppsala Universitet
1.2/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Currrency rate is so nonfavorable for us southerns. Food is the double in some products three more times. Telephone is crazy expensive above all when you use public phone, one card of 100KR is useful for less than one week. I had to buy telephone cards with neverending password codes to call to Spain, and to call even inside Sweden. Maybe Phone was what surprised me the most. Accomodation is very closed to Madrid and Milano, though for the place I was in it was a fair price.
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Telephone, Overall, Food, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife:
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
No surprises, I was prepared for everything, I m very grateful to my family, without them I had never been there. I spent the Erasmus grant during the first 20 days. It is almost impossible for southern european to go to the North, meanwhile it is just the opposite for Northerns, they save money in the South thank to EU and Government helps. EU would have to weigh this fact and help "poors" to balance european students.In 1999 we were 10,000 students at Carlos III University. Just 35 positions were offered in Business Administration, JUST 180 people applied them (180/10000) 1,8% WHY? because just 180 were sure they had their family to support them and having the english level and required grades. Being there I spent every month 4 times the spanish interprofessional minimum wage-.......
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Luis
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Banking, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Uppsala Universitet
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
It would be better in my opinion to have more lessons, I mean we had maybe 4 hours, not even, maybe with resting time, 3 hours per week. I had the impression of beeing on holidays, we had to study everything for our own, it would be good to have at least 2 hours per day to keep a pace. Though the idea of working groups was great. I just lacked to receive more information from professors during class lessons.
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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
Some professors did not speak a clear English. Most of them spoke perfectly English. It was difficult to follow those who explained the lesson with such a weird accent (India, one Swedish professor Org Behavior too). Try to stimulate relationships among swedish and erasmus students. I don t remember not even one swedish in my group. Photocopies are so extremly expensive in Uppsala. Having lesson at 8 in the morning when you have later all the day without other lessons seems ridiculous. At 7 it was -15 and totally dark in the street, paronama was scary.
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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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Luis
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Banking, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Uppsala Universitet
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
In Sweden you have to pay when you go to the doctor for the first visit. It is the same for Swedish, THEY PAY TO RECEIVE a normal medical review. Amazing not even in Spain. In Uppsala, though it is an Student City, there are no speacial tickets for Students. I mean in Madrid you pay $20 you can take all the means you want as times as you need.
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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
4
Costs
1
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
For Students who want to go there: It is a great University, professor are very well prepared, enviroment is amzaing. Just be plenty of money, buy ski clothes, forget sun, admire swedish girls and you will have a unforgettable period.For the University: try to offer more lesson's hours, more lectures. People need a minimu "rythim" to realize they are studing. Try to gather and stimulate Swish students with foreigners. When you establish your agreement with another university, try that foreign universities benefit in one way their own students if they decide to learn Swedish.(In Carlos III University they DO NOT CARE ANYTHING if you make the effort to learn Swedish, it is not recognized in your record, you have to cry to make them care about swedish). Please improve your restaurant, I was always hungry. Please offer good food, chicken, meat, bread,etc not these salads!! improve coffe. Make clear to student if they have passed the subject. I thought I had passed Marketing Research in Novemeber Madrid Erasmus Office notified my I havent passed this subject because they lacked my group report. I had to repeat it by my own, and thanks to Mr.Thuman compression finally I could passed the exam 3/4 year later than when supposedly I would have to have passed it.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Eramus experience has been the best during my university life. I have learned a lot, I encourage all the students to carry out this experience. I ask to European Union and my goverment to equip Erasmus grants with appropriate economic budgets to make possible not only for medium rich people the possibility to go in another countries. Meanwhile the European mobility since people are very young through Europe we won't have a real Europe. The first step to garantee the future of the Union is to make affordable for everyone the mobility around Europe. In my opinion two points would have to be compulsory for the university students: 1)to go out of their own country at least for one year. 2) to learn the language of host country besides english of course.
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Luis
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Banking, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Uppsala Universitet
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Travel, Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The best place I ve ever been in my life, and take into account that I m from Spain was STOCKHOLM NATION, just to be a member of this Nation it is worth to stay in Uppsala for one year. I miss it every weekend since then. Prices were very "social" 45Kr to get in, if you arrive before 20h you don t pay, beers 27Kr, It was very cheap for Sweden. The best is the Spring Party, everybody speaks about this party very well. Unfortunately I had to go back to Spain. Uppsala is very beautiful the forest seems taking from fairy tale. The castle, the river, the threes everything was so different from Madrid that really shocked me. There is another caffe interesting TOBAK. Unfortunately basicly there is one supermarket chain ICA, they are monopolist they do whatever they want with prices. Another great places are "Warlmands", "Norrlands" maybe too big, "Snerikes". All arranged by University. If you wanna know more write me an e-mail, I m very willing to give details about life in Uppsala.
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Luis
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Banking, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Uppsala Universitet
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I feel more independent. Sometimes I need to be alone to think cleary about important matters. I need a small space of privacy and it is my home.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I booked it through Uppsala University half year before arriving with a certificated letter. When I arrived I had no room. I had to go to live in Flogsta for 1 month with one friend waiting for one room. Thay did not allow us to use the main entrance because it was not convinient for the image of the Basic Hotel though it was not written in the contract and we were paying either way 2500 SKR every month. It was another place to accommodate called Flogsta, Swedish students used to call it as "The Ghetto". 2000 people gather together, most of them foreigners. Price 1800SKR
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