Why did you decide to study abroad?
Because I wanted to learn the language better. I studied Spanish in school and university, but I thought it would be easiest to just go abroad and learn it in my day-to-day life.
Why did you choose Almería?
To be honest, first of all, because of its location directly at the sea. When I saw the pictures of the university I was really blown away. I also contacted students who had been to my universities’ (DHBW’s) partner universities in Spain before. The girl who studied in Almería the year before me finally convinced me to apply, because she told me what a wonderful time she had.
What did you expect from UAL that turned out to be different from reality?
I thought there would be some more courses in English. I had five courses and only one of them was taught in English. As I already explained, I knew some Spanish, but not nearly enough to take classes of macroeconomics or finance in that language (but I had to…). I needed to pass four of the five courses, in order to pass my semester in Germany. Accordingly, the grades I took home from Spain were not very good.
I don’t remember what I got, but generally students who got Erasmus money also worked simultaneously. So, I would say it is not enough to “survive”, but it definitely covers the rent.
How hard were the classes? Was it difficult to pass? Which were your favorite/least favorite classes/professors?
In the Spanish classes, it really depended on the class and the professor, so, I did pass all my exams, but I didn't pass them very well with my limited knowledge of Spanish. It would have probably been easier if I had understood everything I was answering…
Was it hard to find accommodation? Any advice for future students?
What did you think of the atmosphere at your home university?
Which places in your home city would you recommend?
What would you recommend to do at your hometown?
How do you think this experience has changed you?
As I said before, I'm a bit more relaxed now and my Spanish got better. I made many new friends from other countries, like Belgium, France, Italy and of course Spain. And we still write each other and visit each other, even years after our/my stay.
What would you recommend to UAL students preparing to spend one semester or year at your University (housing, fun things to do, traditions, etc.)?
Are you currently employed? Do you think your time abroad (or, specifically in Almería) helped you find a job?