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Kaley 

Summer 2019
University of Almería

Kaley is a 3+2 Medical Studies student. She studied abroad in Almería, Spain at the University of Almería for 4 weeks in the summer. She decided to study abroad because she wanted to learn the Spanish language while experiencing life and culture in another country.  





What is the biggest difference between classes at your host university and classes at LRU? 
One thing I learned about Spanish culture is that they take pride in their style, and it carries over into the classroom as well. Both the students and professors dress their best every day for class which was a huge change coming from LR where it’s acceptable to wear athletic clothing to class.


What was the greatest challenge you faced while abroad? 
Trying to navigate the public transportation system was an immediate challenge I faced. I am so accustomed to driving everywhere, but in Almería most people ride the bus or walk. After the first couple weeks, I knew what bus lines to use when going from place to place, but I also never hesitated to ask for help if I was having trouble. The locals were always willing to help give directions.


Did you benefit from scholarships? If so, describe which ones and what that meant to you. 
I applied for the William and Robert Shuford Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship is the reason I was able to study abroad and I am so grateful that the SCIE is able to support so many students in their efforts to study abroad.


What is something you did not expect about your host country? 
Not many people spoke English in Almería because it’s a small city in Southern Spain that is not prone to having an overload of tourists. Even though I am not fluent in Spanish, I was still able to communicate effectively with locals which I did not expect. I am grateful that I was forced to use Spanish because in doing so, I learned the language quickly and became a lot more comfortable speaking a second language.


What other cities and countries did you visit? 
During my 4 weeks in Almería, I traveled to Granada, Málaga, and Aguadulce. There was a bus station right down the street from my residence hall which made it convenient to travel to other cities in Spain. I also traveled with my friend to Seville, Morocco, Gibraltar, and Portugal after classes were over.
 

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Fatou

Summer 2019
Universidad Pontificia de Comillas
Madrid, Spain
 
Fatou is currently a junior studying politics and international affairs with a double minor in French and Spanish.








Would you go back? 
YES! Madrid was a beautiful city with a diverse population! It made me realize that I could actually live somewhere outside of the U.S.


What other cities and countries did you visit? 
I visited France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Belgium. 


What was the greatest challenge you faced while abroad? fatou spain profile 2
For me the greatest challenge was adapting to the metro. I had to learn how to get a metro card, pay for it, and learn the different routes. It was overwhelming at first because in the States public transportation isn’t popular and there were SO MANY people using it. After I got the hang of it, it was a breeze!


What is something you did not expect about your host country? 
I did not expect Spain to be so different from Latin American countries. The languages are similar but there was a difference in slang and pronunciation. The food was COMPLETELY different, less spices, lighter and very natural.


What is the biggest difference between classes at your host university and classes at LRU? 
The biggest difference was that independent study was vital in passing the final exam, which was the only assessment. Unlike at LR, where we have several opportunities for our overall assessment.