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Anna's Erasmus Experience in Cadiz, Spain

Why did you decide to go to Cadiz, Spain?

When I saw the position, I fell in love, and it was the best decision I could have made!


How long did the exchange last? How much money do you receive as help?

I should have stayed for 5 months, but instead I stayed for 9! I received €230 per month, plus I have a scholarship which isn't with Erasmus.

What is the student lifestyle like in Cadiz?

My faculty (Filosofia y Letras) is quite small (like everything else in Cadiz), so it is easy to get to know, the classes are quite easy and interesting, totally different to the classes in Italy!

Would you recommend the city and university of Cadiz to other students?

Definitely the city, the university depending on the faculty! Biology here is much more difficult than in Italy, the other subjects are more or less the same.

What is the food like?

Fantastic, and if an Italian is saying it it must be true! The speciality is fried fish, then there are the chicharrones, and loads of other delicious things!

Was it hard to find accommodation in Cadiz?

I was lucky, I contacted a student that lived there and was looking for new tenants. I know that for other people it wasn't easy (be aware that the houses are quite old and many don't have windows! ).

How much does it cost to live in Cadiz?

Not a lot (compared to Italy). I pay €240 rent with all bills included, the food shop is cheap, the transport isn't necessary because you go everywhere on foot, in the bars and restaurants it is cheap, so it is really workable!

How did you cope with the language? Did you attend a course at the university?

I did not do a course because I already knew Spanish.

What is the cheapest way to get to Cadiz from your city?

From Bergamo it's a low cost flight to Seville and then 2 hours by train to get to Cadiz.

Where do you recommend for a night out in Cadiz?

The pre-party in the Old Town is in the Plaza San Francisco area, some famous bars are M2, Nahi, Babel, etc. Then you go to the Punta, an area "reserved" for young people (where they do botellón and where the clubs are). The most well known and popular club is Imagina, then there's Aki Te Quiero, Supersonic, Le Chic, Anfiteatro, etc) and they are all next to each other.


And what about food? Can you tell us about your favourite places to eat in Cadiz?

Casa Manteca, Cumbres Mayores, La Isleta de la Viña, absolute must-trys!

Do you have any advice that you would like to give to future Cadiz students?

It is a small city but it will always be in your heart, the beaches, the weather, the people are all unique and it is impossible not to fall in love! Every now and then you'll be bored because everything is always the same, nothing really changes, but the company you're in will make up for it!

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