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Student Interview: Short-term Spanish Student

Student Interview: Short-term Spanish Student

Student Interview: Short-term Spanish Student

We interviewed one of our short-term Spanish students to find out more about his experience. Kean is from Singapore and currently studies PPE at Oxford University. He joined us for 3 weeks over his winter break for an Intensive Spanish course (20 hours per week). Here’s what he had to say about his time in Valencia!

 

  1. Why did you choose Euroace in Valencia?

I looked around at different cities and schools around Spain, but I wanted to come somewhere with more of a community and it seemed like many places were impersonal. When I found Euroace, it seemed like the right environment with group classes and Valencia seemed like the perfect city.

  1. Why did you want to participate in a short-term Spanish program? 

I have traveled a lot around Europe, so I wanted to travel but also get something tangible out of it. I have been studying Spanish for 8 months, and wanted to immerse myself in a Spanish speaking environment to improve my speaking in Spanish.

  1. Did your Spanish improve during your 3 weeks at Euroace?

Yes, definitely. When I first came I was not comfortable speaking at all. The classes and Spanish environment have helped me of course with with vocabulary and grammar, but mainly to gain confidence speaking.

  1. What do you like most about the city of Valencia?

I really enjoy the impressive buildings in the city center, close to where I live. I live by the main square (ayuntamiento) and central market, and it’s nice to be able to walk home and see historic buildings. It’s also nice to explore outside of Valencia, I went to Albufera this weekend.

  1. What was the best part of your stay?

I think the best part has been the friends and people I’ve met. I feel fortunate to meet people from all over the world, even at a time when there are less people here since it’s close to the holidays. It’s been fun to be with them both in class and outside of class too.

  1. Did you come across any challenges during your stay in Valencia?

I think the main challenge has been speaking with native Spanish speakers; they speak very fast and I don’t always understand them the way I understand the other students or my teachers.

  1. Do you have any advice for future incoming students?

Come to the Spanish classes! I also have heard great things from other students about their experience with living with a host family. If I come back, I would do a homestay now that I’m more comfortable with Spanish. It would help a lot for students doing a long term program.

 

Are you interested in joining our group Spanish classes, too? Click here to find out more information and contact us with your specific requests!


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