"STUDENT FEEDBACK INFORMATION � 2004/2006 - DOC"
OUTGOING STUDENT FEEDBACK FORM 1 of 2 University Attended: ESADE, Barcelona INDUCTION/ORIENTATION PROGRAMME Before university starts there is a two week intensive Spanish course at ESADE. This involved classes from 9.30am-1.30pm everyday for two weeks. You are either put in beginners, intermediate or advanced depending on your level of Spanish. For me I was moved around a lot of the classes which meant I missed a couple of days of lessons, in addition the method at which they test your Spanish ability is not fair, nor did they have the right amount of classes available - other than that it is useful. In addition you are able to get 2 ECTS for the class, as you take an exam at the end of the 2 weeks. This was useful as you are able to meet and make friends with the rest of the exchange students before classes begin. After the two weeks, there is an introduction session about the University and all the useful things you need to know, if you have any queries, Maja Murko (the exchange coordinator) is happy to help. There is an organised bus tour of Barcelona, and a night a club with food. ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE The style of teaching it very different to Manchester. Firstly you take a number of both undergraduate and masters courses because that is what they offer exchange students. You have the option of taking classes in Spanish or English. I opted for all English classes, so I am mainly with exchange students and those Spanish students who speak good English. Classes vary in length from a minimum of 2 hours to a maximum of 5 hours. They give you breaks throughout the longer classes, and they are made up of presentations, lecture slides, exercises and discussions. The methods of assessment are class participation, group work, research papers and exams. Unlike Manchester which is mainly focussed on exams at the end of the module, ESADE is not. There is a blackboard type system where work and readings are posted. In addition the business school is very small with a maximum of 1500 students – therefore we all have our own mailboxes, where teachers can post work and readings. For a lot of my courses I have to complete group work every week, and most of my courses require readings to completed for the next session. I do feel that the work load is demanding at ESADE, especially when taught at higher masters level and the sheer load of work that is given each week. Some teachers are very helpful and give you additional information if you ask for it, however other teachers are not that forthcoming. MBS INTERNATIONAL OFFICE MBS have been really good so far, and I have been in quite a lot of contact with Sue. We are the first students to come to ESADE and so far it is going well. Sue is coming out to see us in a month or so, where we aim to give more detailed feedback and resolve any outstanding issues. MBS are also very good at letting you know when you need to hand in specific forms etc. HOST INTERNATIONAL OFFICE The ESADE international office is reasonably good, there is only one woman that you can contact and speak to on a day to day basis, which is Maja Murko. She helped me resolve issues with my timetable and I feel I can always go to her if I need to ask any additional questions. INSURANCE, HEALTH COVER I just have my European Health Card and the University of Manchester Insurance Policy. INFORMATION ON ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS The university does not charge any additional fees. Also there is no need to buy textbooks as most lectures print everything for you, or hand you big printed books with all the materials needed for the course. ACCOMMODATION There is halls of residence on the Sant Cugat campus, however I do not recommend living here. Sant Cugat is a small town in the hills, it will restrict you going into Barcelona at night as the trains stop before 12am. In addition most students live in the city and do not stay in Sant Cugat. My friends that live in Sant Cugat regret it a lot. In addition the residence is quite expensive – more so than living in Barcelona. In terms of finding accommodation, I found it online and went though an agency – but you can look at the websites recommended by ESADE but also join the Erasmus Barcelona and ESADE facebook groups as a lot of information is posted there. A lot of the exchange students are from Canada, USA and Australia so just stay in a hostel when they arrive then sort out accommodation. This is a great way to do it, and most of the exchange students have ended up living together. I recommend that you live near the FCG train line (near Catalunya, Provenca or Gracia stations), which takes you to Sant Cugat – I can give you more information on this nearer the time. The accommodation costs vary depending on the location or standard of the flat etc – costs can vary between 350-550 euros a month. DESTINATION INFORMATION AND OVERALL EXPERIENCE TRANSPORT: ESADE is located in the hills on the outskirts of Barcelona City (in Zone 2), you are able to buy at range of different metro tickets to get to Sant Cugat (the town where ESADE is located). These vary in price depending on what ticket you buy for example a 3 month ticket is 176 euros, I have been too scared to buy one of these because so many of my friends have been pickpocketed and lost this. Currently I use T-10s for Zone 2 and this costs 16.40 euros for 10 journeys. SOCIAL LIFE: The nightlife is great in Barcelona, there are loads of clubs, and on Facebook groups 3-4 clubs are mentioned each night with free entry. The clubs do not get going until 2am and close around 5am. In addition the metro is really handy because on it open all night on Saturdays and until 2am on Fridays. The shopping is very good too! For restaurants the food is good, but it is handy to know which restaurants to go to , in order to get value for money – I can give you a list of these when I leave. The beaches are great for a city, everyone hangs out at the beach on their days off and the weekend. Plus the weather is really good at the moment, - currently 28 degrees! INTEGRATION WITH SPANISH STUDENTS: Integration with Spanish Students is difficult, this is due to being in only English based classes. So I have only made friends with some Spanish students that attend these classes. STUDENT GROUP ACTIVITIES The exchange students do a lot together here, always posting things on facebook for example trips to different places in Spain and night outs. You can also join different sports teams at ESADE. OUTGOING STUDENT FEEDBACK FORM 2 of 2 University Attended ESADE INDUCTION/ORIENTATION PROGRAMME 2 weeks Spanish course for free (starting end of August) Very useful, you get to know many international students from all over the world & to start learning Spanish or improve your Spanish They also organized a Barcelona Tour for free and a night at a club with free food!! The international society is also organising trips. This year they went to Ibiza and you have to sign up for it pretty early. ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE The style of teaching is totally different compared to Manchester Classes are small (max. 40 people) but mixed with Spanish people and you are able to take Spanish classes, so it’s easy to get to know the locals To be honest, courses are quite intensive and you have to do a lot of work Methods of assessment: attendance and participation counts, as well as group presentation, assignments and final exams As classes are small, teachers are very helpful and supportive. However, the amount of homework you have to do each week is quite challenging. MBS INTERNATIONAL OFFICE So far, really good. When you have an issue they will always help you out and reply quickly. HOST INTERNATIONAL OFFICE The level of support is really good! As the university is quite small, the exchange coordinator, Maja Murko, knows almost every student personally and will provide you with any information needed. INSURANCE, HEALTH COVER I did not purchase any additional health insurance! INFORMATION ON ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS There are no additional costs! The university provides you with everything!! Reading materials, books and even the Financial Times are free for all students! There are no extra fees that the University is charging! ACCOMMODATION The University is in Sant Cugat, which is outside of Barcelona. There is a student accommodation in Sant Cugat however, no one lives there!!! All the students live in Barcelona. Therefore, I would recommend you to find a place in the city centre close to one of the Train stops, as you have to take the train to get to University. Most student leave in the area l’Eixample like us. I love it here and can only recommend this area as it is close to the beach, clubs and shopping area. The rent can vary between €300-€600 DESTINATION INFORMATION AND OVERALL EXPERIENCE Transport: You definitely need to take transport cost into account. To get to University you spend around ~ 14€ a week and it takes 1 hour! Travel: Many exchange students travel almost every second weekend to another city in Spain or Europe. It is easy to find a group to travel with and it is definitely worth it! There is so much to see in Spain, especially along the coast. Social life: Barcelona is famous for its nightlife and I have to admit the nightlife is amazing here. You need to get used to go out around 1am and stay in the club till 6-7am. That’s the way everyone does it here and before 1am every club is empty! You can find all kind of clubs, playing all kind of music. There is something for everyone! Shopping is also really good in this vibrant city! There are many famous shopping streets and lots of big shopping malls. The Spanish kitchen is also nice (Paella, Tapas…) and you can find restaurants and bar at every corner!!! Last but not least: The beach. It’s October and we still go to the beach because the weather is so amazing here. The water and the beaches are very clean. There are lots of volleyball fields and you can run or cycle along the beach. Integration with Spanish students: It is easy to make friends with Spanish students. They are really nice and open and also in some of my classes. I joined the football team here, which helps a lot to make Spanish friends. Btw the sport teams go every year to a few tournaments all over in Europe. This year we go to Frankfurt and Milan, which I am sure is going to be a lot of fun! Student Group Activities: Everything is posted on the ESADE Facebook group!! Trips to different cities, where to go out, just about everything! So do not miss out on joining this group!! DESCRIBE IN ONE SENTENCE YOUR YEAR ABROAD I just love this city with the beautiful weather, the amazing beaches, the incredible nightlife, the delicious food and the attractive language!