Robert Croezen in Spain

Study period exchange: 01/02/2019 until 31/06/2019
Country (exchange): Spain
City (exchange): Lleida
University (exchange): Universitat de Lleida
Faculty (exchange): ETSEA

2. Motivation for exchange

Why did you choose to go on study exchange?

I want to maximally develop myself, being out of your comfort zone in a foreign country is a big help in developing myself.

What is the reason you chose for this country/university?

The courses fit in my career plan and I wanted to learn Spanish.

3. Accessibility to reach destination

Do you have any tips to reach your exchange destination?

Airplane to Barcelona El Prat or Barcelona Reus and then by train to Lleida.

4. University and studying

Could you provide some general information about the followed courses?

How is the study formalized?

During the semester there are lessons and it is quite calm, towards the end of the semester lots of assignments are being given which forms the main evaluation. At the end some presentations and two exams. The workload is in the last couple of weeks because of all the assignments quite hard but with a good planning doable.

What is the culture of the university?

The lecturers are really approachable, this has mainly to do with the small number of students in each class. The maximum amount of students in a class I had was 10 students. Because my courses were part of the Medfor Master of Erasmus Mundus, only international students were in my class, therefore I did not have a lot of engagement with local students via the classes. It mainly differs because there are several different faculties, the facilities at ETSEA are way older and less professional. It is more cosy in Lleida because of the small number of students at the faculty.

What does the university offer the student additionally?

The university offers catering and once a while there are campus parties with activities.

5. Housing-travelling-living

What are the possibilities for housing?

Best way to get a room is by looking for one in the Facebook group that exists. There is also campus housing but that is way more expensive and I haven’t heard good experiences about it.

What is the culture of the country like?

Way more relaxed and less strict for example in time. Deadlines for assignments are also not strict at all here.

Could you give a general price indication of the place of residence compared to living in Wageningen?

150 euro per month.

Could you give some information about public transport infrastructure?

Everything is walkable.

6. Free time

What are must-sees in the area? 

Barcelona, Montserrat, Pre- and Altes-Pyrenees. Mainly with the car of friends but there are train and bus options as well. Going to Barcelona is best doable by using Blablacar.

What does not appear in the travel guide, but is worth a visit?


Do you have general tips and tricks about leisure time?

Erasmus pre-drinks in flats, going for walks to Mitjana, play sports at the river, eat tapas in Bar Roma.

7. Challenges & best moment abroad

What was a challenge you have experienced?

Intense workload for courses I was not really motivated for.

What was your best memory abroad?

Going to Morocco for two weeks, on my own, in the beginning of the Erasmus period.

8. Contact details

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