Joss is studying Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield, and is spending the whole of his year abroad in Vigo, Galicia, where he is a Language Assistant. Here is his insider guide to surviving in the city - getting there, finding somewhere to live, eating and drinking, admin and ten things he wishes he'd known before he arrived in Vigo.
The N.I.E. is the Número de Identidad Extranjero - Foreign Identity Number to you and me. I was aware I would have to get something like this in order to do things like open a bank account, and to legally be here for more than 90 days. The problem is, it seems that every avenue of finding out about the process of it is absolutely shambolic - it infuriated me that nobody seemed to know exactly what needed to be done, despite telling me things as if they did. I will write how I got mine, and hopefully it will be of a more reliable source for those of you who need to get it and haven't, having actually done the process yesterday.
Giselle is studying Management and Spanish at Leeds University and is spending her year abroad in Madrid studying Business at Complutense University. She's also blogging about her adventures! Here are her thoughts about recent strikes in Madrid...
That is indeed the question. All I’ve ever heard about renting flats, let alone in other countries is that you NEVER pay anything before viewing the apartment. EVER. You will be conned, there will be no apartment there when you arrive, and there might even be the person who conned you, waiting to steal your luggage when you arrive in the alley that was supposed to be your penthouse suite that you thought was a right bargain.
Mish is a student at the University of East Anglia preparing for a year as an English Language Assistant in Andalucía. Here's her experience of the early stages of the British Council Language Assistant application process...
Spanish people swear - a LOT. I didn't know this prior to arriving, having only socialised with students and the English ones swear in normal conversation anyway (well my friends do!).
It has been a crazy old week. I have officially booked my flight out there. I now have a one way ticket with EasyJet on 21st September at 5.15pm from Stansted. I am also bringing my parents as human donkeys to use their luggage allowance as my own. There is no way I’m paying for 2 extra suitcases, let alone carrying them alone!
Alex is studying Religious Studies and Spanish at Cardiff University, and spent his year abroad interning in a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Northern Spain. He says "it's been a ridiculously good opportunity which came from simply sending off a load of CVs last year!" Here's his advice about working for Cives Mundi and tips to help you find an internship for your year abroad.
The latest update from Mish who's preparing for her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Spain. In this installment, Mish receives a letter from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Could it be the news of her year abroad destination she's been waiting for?!
I started writing my blog about the application process last year, because I actually couldn’t find anything on the internet about it, and found the whole thing a tad confusing – like handing in my original application form in December, and only finding out the comunidad autonoma (i.e. Extremadura, Galicia – sort of the equivalent to counties to you and I) in May, when everyone else who had applied to Uni had found out months ago; oh the injustice.