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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
On-site support and organization
Even before the time in Barcelona, the organization and support for the semester abroad was straightforward and easy. This is thanks to the consulting and placement organization College Contact based in Münster. The company advises and helps students with enrollment free of charge and is on hand to help students with problems or questions during their stay. The answers to questions asked were always dealt with immediately. The employeesare very friendly, competent and helpful. All e-mails were replied to within 24 hours and you had the feeling that you were “in good hands”.
In addition to College Contact, there was also a contact person on site at the UAB. Natalia Fugureias took care of organizational matters related to the studies. On site. However, she also offered help from the outset, e.g. with finding accommodation / difficulties etc. The organization ran smoothly over the entire four months. Even some of the professors were personally committed to helping and providing support to students in difficulties and with open questions.
There was an introductory event right at the beginning of the semester. All relevant information on courses, deadlines and exams, professors, rooms and general open questions were explained here. After the oral introduction, each student received information on contact points in the event of difficulties, a Barcelona guide, timetables, building orientation and all relevant information summarized on paper. All matters could be clarified in English without any problems.
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Studies (courses, activities and tasks)
At UAB I have took five courses:
- Managerial Skills for International Business
- Human resource management
- International Marketing Strategies
- International business
- Spanish beginner
All the courses listed took place on the 'L'Eixample' campus in the middle of the city center. Most of the students who took part in the Study Abroad Program came from the USA, Germany, Brazil or Belgium. The Courses were held in small classrooms. The average size in the respective rooms was around 20 students. The difference to the general lectures in Germany was enormous, because here the personal contact with fellow students and professors thanks to the small number of students was. The group dynamics were additionally promoted through the grading of the oral participation. Work was often done in small groups and a lot of presentations were made. Every single student was involved in the class during a lecture. This way of working is very different from the way of working at German universities.
Managerial Skills for International Business
The aim of the learning concept was to bring the students closer to behaviors with regard to interpersonal contacts in order to be successful as future leadership managers in an international business environment. The focus is on the approach of helping students develop behaviors that characterize a leader who maintains his or her own genuine style and personality in multicultural and diverse contexts. In order to be able to solve conflicts and make your own decisions, the theory was also accompanied by outdoor exercises in small groups in the class.
Human resource management
The focus was on the student basic communication concepts to convey who characterize a successful leader or entrepreneur with ethics, initiative, influence, people skills, accountability and tolerance. There was no written exam. Instead, the students were given the task of designing a marketing plan in which they presented the product themselves. The preoccupation with his short and long-term goals, as well as the precise elaboration of the vision, mission as well as values and plans led to the fact that the students dealt intensively with themselves and were able to develop strengths and competencies.
International Marketing Strategies
The learning content was presented to the students exclusively in the theoretical way, using PowerPoint presentations. Significant topics were the analysis of the price strategy, the economy of the country, consumer behavior, any existing trade barriers, cultural differences, purchase and usage habits of the country, technical development status, number and origin of competing products, geographical and climatic factors and current trends
The Course focused on three main areas: the economic foundations of the international economy, the importance of the political, cultural and legal influences that influence business between countries and the internal factors of a company that relate to international business. The content in this course was also conveyed to the students exclusively in the form of presentations. The latest news on the international economy was discussed weekly.
Since this was a beginner's course, the focus was on very simple and general topics such as introducing yourself, small talk, directions, climate, etc. Professor Mr. Xavi Loret always tried to find a loose group dynamics to build up, which he has also succeeded in doing through small role-playing games such as memory. In addition to vocabulary queries, the mid and end term also contained fill-in-the-blank.
My personal insights into Barcelona are mostly positive, although there are also some negative points. The search for an apartment in Barcelona has proven to be quite time-consuming, as many apartments are presented better on the Internet than they actually are. Accommodation in Barcelona is quite expensive. For a room in or near the center you should plan at least 300 to 400 euros, but the standard in most apartments is not as high as in comparable apartments in this price range in Germany. There are now many pages on the Facebook platform where great apartments are advertised. I also found my apartment through Facebook.
Looking back, I can say that the semester in Barcelona as a great success and wonderful personal experience proved. In my opinion, a semester abroad, regardless of the country or university, is generally a personal one Enrichment for self-confidence, the independence and the experience as a whole to step out of your comfort zone for some time and to get involved in new and unfamiliar surroundings. You get a lot of new impressions about culture, people and life elsewhere. I found it particularly enriching that I was in Spain during the semester met many new acquaintances from all over the world have. It was very enriching to exchange ideas about the cultural differences and thus to see again what values you have and what is important to you.
My expectations were completely met and for the most part I look back very positively on the university I chose. With the exception of the “International Marketing Strategies” course, in which the professor was unable to explain certain concepts and facts comprehensively and often seemed very confused, I can only recommend the courses and the UAB. Mostly also those who also want to spend their semester abroad in Europe. The lessons were not predominantly theoretical, as in most German universities, but theories were often presented and analyzed using cases, exercises, presentations or films. This The difference to the university system in Germany was also an interesting experience. Barcelona as a big city with many possibilities, good weather and beautiful excursion destinations in the area is of course a wonderful plus point for studying. Looking back, I am very glad to have completed my semester abroad in Barcelona.
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