Having lived in Barcelona for three months now, I am at that stage where it now feels like home. Upon arrival, I had a very positive experience with the ESN welcoming activities – this is where a group of local students help organise and lead a two week program of day and night activities with the exchange students. Everyone was extremely friendly and it was interesting getting to know people from all parts of the world. There are ongoing trips, where they go to cities close by sometimes for a day or two nights. The leaders lived up to the Spanish reputation of partying, especially when we went on a two night welcome trip and got everyone to do Zumba at 9 am after a big party the night before!
The structure of the classes is very different, with seminars taking place once a fortnight and tutorials at least twice a week – due to the trimester system, there is a lot more work within a shorter period of time. At first I was a little bit taken aback by this demand, but since everyone is in the same position it is a positive experience – everyday studying in the beautiful library, meeting friends in the cafeteria (which to my surprise sells beer and wine) and going to the beach after class. The work itself I have also genuinely enjoyed – the subjects are electives such as history and global politics so I am learning about entirely different concepts and world views.
I am currently living in an apartment that I found through an app called Badi. It is only a 10 minute walk to uni, and overlooks a small park. For future students, I recommend really just enjoying every day as much as you can – I am half way through now and I know I will miss Barcelona and everyone that I have met so much. Don’t worry too much about the small things. It is an experience like no other.
Bachelor of Management
University Pompeu Fabra
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