Department of international economics
The University of Córdoba is located in a very historical and therefore tourist city of Córdoba with a population of just over 300,000 people. There are so many traditional celebrations and historical sites as nowhere else in Spain.
The university has 12 faculties, 250 specialties. The university also includes 100 research centers, 25 libraries and 16 museums. Campuses are located throughout the city, what you should keep in mind while choosing classes at different faculties. About 21 thousand students’ study at this university. I really liked the yards inside of the buildings with fountains and landscaping on campuses, where students can both study and relax. Each faculty has a cafeteria, and one even has a swimming pool and gym.
In general, at the Faculty of Law and Economics there are no subjects taught in English in the first semester, so it is better to go to here for the second semester. For most teachers at this faculty, however, it is difficult to teach in English fluently and Spanish is often used. The choice of disciplines is not wide, it will be best for students of 2nd-3rd years. A positive aspect of this is the accelerated acquisition of language.
In my experience, the teaching style and assessment process of students is somewhat different from the situation at KPI. During semester there is a number of voluminous projects (no more than 5 in my case), from which your score is formed. It is impossible to increase the assessment by being active during the classes J. However, there is no excitement to answer incorrectly (as it is not graded), so in general class sessions are more relaxed. Attendance basically is not considered, but the materials of lectures are provided in the form of presentations, from which it is difficult to understand the material without professor’s explanations. Also, performing tasks in teams is very popular here. Personally, I can say that out of 4 subjects I really like 2.
The schedule is very interesting, some classes last for 3 hours, some for 1. One class can start at 8 am and another one can be from 18:00 to 21:00. They are out of order and you can come to the university three times a day. The relationship between teachers and students is often friendly.
In general, I have a very positive impression of this university with its advantages and disadvantages. Because of the language barrier, it was sometimes difficult to understand some main points, but if you know Spanish, there will be fewer problems. The positive point, of course, was the large number of other exchange students. I definitely recommend this university for those who want to fully immerse themselves in another culture and learn more about the functioning of the European Union (here this subject is taught very well).
Anastasiia Vyshnevska, УС-91
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