Studying in Spain
Michael spent his Erasmus year at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain.
Why did you choose to study in Spain?
I was learning Spanish so for my Erasmus year I elected to come to Spain to improve my Spanish.
What was the application process like?
Very easy. My university made it so simple.
How did your family and friends react to the news?
They were happy and supportive.
Were you comparing Spain with another country when you were considering your study options?
I wasn’t considering another country, but I was considering different cities within Spain.
How do you find the cost of living?
The cost of living is very high in Madrid and in Barcelona (where I spent my first semester).
How are you finding the experience of living and studying in Spain?
I am enjoying every minute of it but it is very expensive and difficult to get settled in, and to get everything sorted at the beginning.
What do you plan to do after your course is finished?
I would love to either go into language teaching or perhaps participate in the British Council programme for auxiliaries teaching English in Spain.
Are there any things you are finding difficult about living in Spain?
The cost is expensive and finding accommodation was very, very stressful. Also, I feel very lost and out of touch with university at times – I feel that the communication isn’t always as good as it could be for Erasmus students regarding university information.
How do you think your experience of studying abroad will be viewed by employers and was this something that was a factor in your decision?
I think it would be viewed favourably by employers, but no, that was not a factor in my decision.