Why did you choose to study abroad in Spain?
As a Bachelor student in Spanish LLCE, it seemed to me to be vital that I know the country that I am studying. I felt like opening myself up to new horizons, to get to know students from all over the world…
For me, going there was a chance to discover a regional culture, in a beautiful city: Asturias is located between the sea and the mountains in a beautiful, but little-known, region of Spain.
How was your arrival and integration into Spanish life?
I first went at the start of September to look for a flat-share which allowed me to have my first contact with the city and to get my bearings. I went back there at the end of September for the return of the university. The welcome from the university was very well-organised. There was lots on the agenda including guided tour of the city, small welcoming buffet with the rector and the very nice teachers. Everything went very well for me.
The sporting activities and the activities planned help create links between the students. I also registered for an association that organised trips, excursions and nights out: this allowed me to get to know the new Erasmus students and to get a more in-depth knowledge of the Spanish culture.
Was it difficult coming back?
Not particularly, as many friends who go on Erasmus are reunited with their friends in their respective countries.
It was a very enriching experience during which I benefited from the feeling that I had achieved my objectives. I returned without any regrets! I would encourage all students at ICP to experience such an adventure!
One word of advice, however: watch out for excess baggage fees when returning home…