Cultural Adjustment, Language Learning, Living Abroad, Preparing for Study Abroad, Student Life Abroad, Traveling, Uncategorized, Visa

Viva España!

September 14, 2014

Hola! After twelve days here in Spain, it’s finally sinking in that I’m here and that I’m going to be living in a different country for the next nine months. I’ve been in a state of shock this whole time, getting used to a different country and time zone, and being away from home. Before I left I had a very long visa process; I had to go to the Spanish consulate three times before all the correct paperwork was turned in. This was only three weeks before my flight from San Francisco left. According to the consulate website it takes three to six weeks for a visa to be finished. Luckily, my visa arrived in time for me to leave the U.S. Give yourself enough time for your visa and start the process as soon as you can. For me, the medical report and police report took the most time and caused my issues.
Now that I’m here I couldn’t be happier. I’m doing a learn Spanish program through CSU IP in Jaén, Spain. It’s a program that is specifically designed for beginners who have an interest in the Spanish language. All the students here have different majors and interest but we all want to learn Spanish. For most of us, including myself, the credits earned here will go toward a minor.
When I first arrived I wasn’t sure what to expect. I pictured a romantic European town with old architecture that was always bustling with excitement. Jaén is a small city in the Southern region of Andalucía. It wasn’t quite what I pictured, but the city has grown on me. I feel like I’m getting a more authentic version of Spanish life that I wouldn’t have gotten in a bigger, more touristic city. I’m still getting used to things, but so far I’m enjoying every moment of it.IMG_1913 IMG_1932 IMG_1950 IMG_1973 IMG_1974 IMG_1979 DSCN0037 DSCN0038

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