¡Buenos días a todos de España! I am Nadja and I am currently spending my 4th semester at UPV in Alcoy, Spain. Alcoy is a small town in the region of Alicante with about 5.000 students, which I have liked incredibly well from the beginning. In the start we were about 120 international students – but in the meantime there are much less of them, because many of them started their journey home earlier.
The workload at the university here is distributed differently than at the DHBW, as you go through an ongoing evaluation in the form of group projects, presentations, papers and exams. Also, four of my five lectures are held in Spanish, which meant a change especially in the beginning, despite good language skills. But as I almost exclusively speak Spanish either with my flatmate as also at the university and with many friends, one gets used to it very fast and soon notices some improvements of the language skills.
Apart from all the work for the university, however, exploring the country and its culture is not neglected.
Together with the other international students as well as with my fellow students from the DHBW we (have been) on the road a lot on free weekends or holidays. So far we especially liked Alicante and Granada, but also Alcoy has a lot of beautiful corners to offer, as it is a place in the mountains with an impressive panorama.
I have enjoyed it here incredibly well from the beginning and I am very grateful to TecAlliance for letting me spend my 4th semester here. Although I would have had the opportunity to leave Spain earlier, I decided to stay here, which TecAlliance continues to support. I am now curious about what to expect in the next months and I am looking forward to leaving the house again soon. ¡Hasta la próxima!