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Universidad de Guadalajara

Mexico 2018/2019 Partner universities

Personal data
Mobility type:

Faculty at MU:
Faculty of Arts

Field of study:
Translation of Spanish Language

Level of study during period of placement:

Language used:

Summer/winter school?:

Period of studies:
autumn 2018

Period of placement (from-to):
2018-08-13 - 2019-01-15

Number of months:

Activities before my departure abroad
Where can information be found about courses taught at the foreign school?:

Which documents were needed for acceptance at the foreign university?:
Motivation letter

How far ahead did you have to organise your acceptance?:
9 months

Did you need a visa?:

Documents and materials needed for a visa:

Length of wait for visa:

Fee for the visa:

Did you have a Learning Agreement signed before your departure?:

If not, why not?:

Before your departure did you know how your courses would be recognised by your home faculty?:

During your stay did you change your Learning Agreement?:

When and how did course registration take place? Are there any restrictions? Possibilities of making changes?:
I had to register all my curses during the first week. If you want to do some changes you have to do them during the first week as well.

Did you take any examinations at the foreign school?:

Does the school use the ECTS system?:

If not then explain how the credits there were recalculated into ECTS:
In the host university we had every subject twice a week so than the number of credits was the same.

Describe the teaching methods (theory, practical and projects) and assessment of students:
The teachers were very nice and friendly. We had to read some articles, write resumes, prepare some teaching materials.

Quality of teaching in comparison with home school:

How did you receive study materials?:
By email, during the clases.

Can you recommend an interesting course/subject/teacher?:
History of Spanish Language in Mexico, Spanish as a Second Language

How well is the school library equipped?:

Availability of computers, internet access, level of software needed, requirements on notebook:
The internet connection is not really good, I never used the computers at the university. You do not need a computer during the classes.

Options from printing and copying:
You cant print everything in the campus for a good price.

Does the foreign school/student organisation arrange special events for exchange students?:

If yes then what?:
Intercucsh organize a lot a trips. Your tutors will inform you. They have also a fb group for every semester.

How would you assess your integration with the local students (evaluation like in school from 1 to 5 with 1 as highest):

or describe in your own words:

Practical questions on your placement
Where did you live?:
We rented a room in a house near the university.

Cost of accommodation - monthly:
100 EUR

Additional comments to the price of accommodation (as to what the price includes):

Describe the equipment. Tips for future students – what should they bring with them?:
Do not forget the voltage converter.

How and how far ahead should accommodation be organised?:
You can stay in a hotel and find it later. It is better to see the house and the part of the town first.

What are the catering options?:
There are all types of food and it is kind of cheap.

What are the rough costs of groceries (compare with Czech prices):

Transport to location of placement:
Take an Uber or Didi. It is cheap and save.

Rough prices for transportation:
The bus in the city costs about 40 cents.

Tips for purchasing cheap tickets and other recommendations:
With the student card the bus is cheaper.

What are the local transport options (public transport, cycling, on foot, rough prices):
Bus, Uber, Didi, taxi, tren ligero, bicycle

What kind of formalities have to be arranged before arrival, for example residence permit?:
If you stay only one semester, you do not need any permit.

What health insurance did you use? (rough price, advantages, disadvantages, is it necessary to arrange insurance at the university other than your home (Czech) insurance?):
AXA travel insurance.

Did you have any experience with medical treatment abroad?:
I had to take a friend to the hospital and we unfortunately went to a public one. It was like in a bad movie. I recommend you to find a private hospital where to go in case of emergency.

Did you work during your studies?:

What are the conditions for working for MU students?:
I do not know.

Tips for free-time activities:

Financial support and expenses
Total grant from Centre for International Cooperation:
100000 CZK

Monthly grant in CZK:
20000 CZK

Number of supported months:

Total number of months:

What other sources did you make use of to finance your placement?:
I had also my own money.

If you received another grant, state which and how much in CZK:

Total fees associated with enrolment at the university:

a/ amount of enrolment fee:

b/ amount of tuition fees:

c/ amount of other fees (which):

What was your average monthly expenditure?:
20000 CZK

a/ of which for accommodation:
3000 CZK

b/ of which for catering:
5000 CZK

c/ travel and recreation:
12000 CZK

Any comments to the average monthly expenditure:

Recognition of foreign studies at the home faculty
How many credits did you gain during your studies (in the system of the foreign school)?:

How many ECTS credits were recognised at MU?:

Did you know in advance which of your courses would be recognised by your home faculty?:

What problems did you have with recognition?:
I had no problems.

Overall assessment
Assessment of personal benefit (1 = excellent):

Assessment of academic benefit (1 = excellent):

Evaluate the information and support provided by the foreign school (1 = excellent):

Did you encounter any serious problems during your stay:

What would you recommend to take with you:
voltage converter

What most surprised you at the partner university in a positive way:
Very friendly teachers.

What most surprised you at the partner university in a negative way:
There are people smoking marihuana in the campus...

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