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Erasmus Experience in Valladolid, Spain by Geraldine

Published by flag-za Geraldine Hartman — 2 years ago

0 Tags: flag-es Erasmus experiences Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain

Why did you choose to go to Valladolid, Spain?

This oppertunity was presented to me by my home University, but after doing some research I found that Valladolid hosted a diverse student population from various countries and traditions apart from their own. I wanted to experience Spain as well as meet the other visitors.

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

The scholarship covers the 5 month mobility and I received about 4200 Euros for the entire stay. It covered my rent,food, studies, utility bills as well as extra curriculum activies and traveling in and around Spain.

What is the student lifestyle like in Valladolid?

I went outside of the "International" semester, thus most classes were presented in Spanish only. That was very tough, but the Spanish students were very approachable and helpful even though they are very proud people who constantly felt the need to protect their language and lifestyle. The student life is care free and offers many oppertunities to experience the Spanish and other cultures. I attended parades, hosting country events like Brazilian and South African themed cuisine parties. What stood out the most for me was that the employees at various shops and outlets were aware of the foreign visitors and always strived to assist and chat with us.

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

Yes, definitely. I would love to return to Valladolid myself someday too.

What is the food like?

I did not get to experiment with a wide variety of foods, but the love of bread was very evident.

Did it cost you to find your accommodation in Valladolid?

Once I arrived and spoke to other students I found that my accommodations were one of the highest priced amongst the students, but I was happy with my flat and flatmates.

How much does it cost to live in Valladolid?

I spent 300 euros on accommodation per month about 15 euros on bills and food about 20 euros including snacks. Depending on your lifestyle you could actually save money living in Valladolid.

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

The language was not easy to grip until we started mixing with the native speakers. Yes, there was a Spanish course offered in Spanish which makes it very interesting too

What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Valladolid from your city?

I took flight and a bus to Valladolid.

Where would you recommend to go on a night out in Valladolid?

There are many placea we visited at night. We went to restaurants, clubs and pubs including Gatos con botas who hosted the Brazilian party. There are also theatres and even cinemas amongst other things. I particularly loved the night markets and ice rink during Christmas times

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

I actually forgot the name of the 2 places we frequented.

What good cultural sites are there to visit?

The museums are amazing and scary at the same time.
We also went on a mini tour to the country side where we visited castles and other rural sites. Oh and the Saturday markets on the streets are interesting as well.

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

If Spanish is not in your repertoire, duolingo helps a lot. Be prepared with a Spanish simcard because our phonea stopped working and we had to switch over. The bus system is amazing, thus I would recommend buying a bus card and be open minded and enjoy as much as you can. Speak to natives and immerse yourself in the cultures. Get into contact with your mentor and try to travel if it possible with others. Keep safe even though Valladolid is a safe place to walk around you need to keep your wits about you since we also got lost a lot. It all part of the major and minor experiences though.

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