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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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