Erasmus Experience in Almeria, Spain by Anna

Published by Anna Tsaturyan — 28 days ago

0 Tags: Erasmus experiences Almeria, Almeria, Spain

Why did you choose to go to Almeria, Spain?

I was offered to choose this city by the international relations office of my university. I always had a desire to study in Spain, and this was the best option.

How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

The scholarship is for 6 months. The amount of money you get paid varies from country to country. I received 850 euros per month, which was fully enough to live very well in Almeria.

What is the student lifestyle like in Almeria?

Amazing. You can meet many students from different parts of the world and hang out with them. The students mainly throw parties or go to the beach together...

Would you recommend the city and the University of Almeria to other students?

Absolutely! If you don't prefer living in very big cities and way too crowded places, then Almeria is a perfect place for you. The University is also good enough. The professors are smart and willing to help.

What is the food like?

Tasty and varied! Especially, seafood lovers will enjoy the food there as it is a beach town and many cafes offer fresh and delicious seafood meals which I enjoyed a lot and discovered my love towards them :)

Did it cost you to find your accommodation in Almeria?

To tell the truth, it was not very easy to find accommodation as there are not many flats in comparison to the number of students. However, you can find share flats with affordable prices.

How much does it cost to live in Almeria?

The cost of living varies from person to person. Overall, the city is very cheap (especially the food). I guess you can live there maybe for 150 - 200 euros (without the rent and utility bills). However, I am not sure as I lived with my friend with whom we shared almost all payments.

Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the University?

The local people in Almeria don't speak English very well, so it was trouble finding someone who spoke it very well. I used google translate in shops or some other places to communicate as I didn't speak Spanish. Nevertheless, there is a free Spanish course available at the University.

And for eating? Can you recommend some good restaurants in Almeria?

Yeah! You can enjoy Spanish tapas in almost all restaurants and small beach cafes like Alaska, Cafe Paris, etc. If you want some fancier and more beautiful places, then I would recommend visiting La Dulce Alianza and La Tagliatella (the last one, despite being a bit fancy place for students, offers a wide range of delicious Italian dishes and is definitely worth visiting).

What good cultural sites are there to visit?

Almeria, being a small beach town, doesn't have many places of interest. However, I would recommend visiting the Alcazaba, the Cathedral which is very beautiful both outside and inside. Last but not least, Cabo de Gata with its marvelous beaches.

Is there any other advice that you could give to students going to Almeria in the future?

If you are blowing hot and cold about studying, don't hesitate and go there! Believe me, you will spend amazing 6 months, no matter where you come from.

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