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Ahead of her trip to Spain as part of our Study Abroad programme, second year Events and Festivals Management student Olivia shares her thoughts on heading overseas to study for a month.

“Part of our course involves completing a five-week placement in the UK or to study abroad, and I decided to apply to study abroad. This decision came about as I’ve always had an interest in travelling and especially the Spanish language and culture. So to have an opportunity to go away for four weeks to another country is an amazing experience.

“There was a lot of competition for the spaces to study abroad from all the students, not just in Shrewsbury, but also University of Chester. After a lot of hard work, completing an application form and undertaking nerve-wracking interviews I was successful and I got accepted! I then had to choose my preferred country and I chose Spain.

“Spain is a country that I have visited many times due to my Grandparents living there for part of the year, they speak fluent Spanish. From a very young age, Spain has always been a big part of my life and I have spent many of my summers there.

“My Grandparents live in a very rural area in the South of Spain, where as I’ll be going to Cuenca - which is more centrally located near Madrid. This is going to be a different experience for me, as the population of people is vast and there will also be a different culture in Cuenca compared to the South.

“When I got the opportunity to go and study in Spain, I was thrilled. In four weeks I am travelling to Cuenca to study and experience Spanish student life and Spanish culture for a month.

“As the first student from my University to study aboard, I am hoping to make a positive impression on the students at the University of Cuenca. I hope to make strong connections between the two Universities, so that future relationships between them and the respective students can develop for future student exchanges.

“I am going to be staying in student accommodation and studying Spanish during my stay. Being the only student flying to Spain I’m feeling a bit nervous and apprehensive, but I am also looking forward to the amazing experiences that await me. At the end of the intense Spanish course we will have a mini graduation to say we have completed the course. During my stay in Spain I am looking forward to starting flamenco dance lessons, as well as making new friends and bringing home memories which I will remember forever.”

Be sure to check our blog again soon to hear more about Olivia’s experiences studying in Spain.

You can find out more about Study Abroad here.

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