Studying abroad is not only about the academic side but the cultural part too. Visiting Valencia on the east coast of Spain grants you the perfect chance to improve your Spanish skills while also learning about the Spanish / Mediterranean culture.
Your study abroad program can be so much more than the classes or academic experience you signed up for and can really open your eyes to a new way of life. Here are some ways you will be able to enjoy a cultural immersion to the fullest!
How to make Paella?
Discovering a new culture includes trying out local food and typical dishes. Sometimes the best way to get to know the local way of life is through their food habits and specialties! Almost everybody who comes to Spain wants to try paella and many don’t realize that it actually originated right here in Valencia. This means that studying abroad in Valencia must include some tastings of various paella dishes – no excuses! And going one step further, what about learning how to make a paella valenciana for yourself?
Euroace gives students the chance to take a paella cooking course with a professional cooking school here in Valencia. You get to learn the method as well as the joy of eating it afterwards! It’s a unique chance to learn more about the Spanish cuisine and way of life while you’re here.
Tapas & Flamenco
Also to do with food! Tapas are a big part of Spanish cuisine which consist of small appetizers of many different types of seafood, vegetables and local specialties. The most common tapas are patatas bravas (fried potatoes), pincho de tortilla (Spanish omelet) or croquettas which are small fried pieces filled with Spanish ham, wild mushrooms, cheese or prawns. Just taste as many tapas as you can to truly get a feel for Spanish food.
With Euroace, we hold group events to go and see a spectacular Flamenco show in the Valencian Old Town combined with an authentic tapas supper. This event is an awesome way to see the most traditional Spanish dance, to taste true tapas and also to meet new people during your stay, both international and local.
Horchata & Fartons
If you don’t know what this means, by the end of your stay here you surely will. Horchata is a typical refreshing drink authentic to Valencia. It is made from tiger nuts and is usually served with fartons; sweet donut-type pastries. You’ll find these sweet delicacies are served in so-called horchaterías across the city.
Take a break from Euroace classes and join our group activity for an Horchata and Fartons tasting session. We take our students to the Old Town where we visit the oldest and most famous horchatería in the city! It’s a must-visit and must-taste!
The Fallas are a huge part of the Valencia culture. They are an annual celebration which takes place in March and is treasured by the natives here. The museum is a wonderful place to visit so you can understand more about this important festival and so you can see the beautiful artwork it has produced over the years.
Museum trips are available with a local guide who can share the true spirit of the Fallas with you and bring the culture to life!
While you’re studying abroad, it is essential to see other parts of the region / country! It opens your eyes to the country, its beauties, its people and the lifestyle. Weekends should most definitely be used for exploring! Spain is a very diverse country considering climate and landscapes but also considering languages, cuisine and the people themselves! The more you travel, the more you’ll see the variety of Spanish life.
We provide group trips to stunning towns in the Valencia region such as Morella, Peñiscola and Xativa to name a few. They are such fan days out where we get to share the beauty of this region with our international students!
Choosing to live with a host family is sure to be an excellent choice! If you want a cultural immersion and you want to experience the country to the max, then this is your best bet. Host families go the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable and secure which is so important when you’re so far from home. They enjoy showing off their culture and they will show you parts of the city that tourists don’t often get to see!
Host families are the best when it comes to language practice, typical meals and cultural excursions. They can actually benefit your study abroad trip even more than you think. Euroace host families have been hosting international students for over 15 year and are trusted partners of our organization.
More information on our Cultural Immersion programs for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 right here.
Also, more info on helping you choose between a host family or a regular student apartment here.