My final year project in Zaragoza

I was lucky enough to have to opportunity to take part in the ERASMUS study abroad programme  with a friend and fellow student of the same course here at Reading, spending three months conducting lab work for my final year project at the University of Zaragoza in Spain. stuprof-cbrownzaragoza

I was quite apprehensive at first as I had not previously studied Spanish and had never visited the country; however, within only a few weeks of having arrived I felt settled and very at home. Both the academics and the students of Zaragoza university were very friendly and welcoming, with the help of the university I was fast tracked onto an (optional) Spanish language course which was incredibly useful, as it enabled me to learn basic Spanish and cultural elements, and allowed me to gain independence in being able to communicate and navigate my way around town on my own, without fear of not being understood should I find myself in need of help.

Near the time of our arrival was the Fiestas del Pilar, a week long holiday consisting of many activities, events, concerts, parities and wonderful food- a festival which is famous throughout the region of Aragón. This celebration attracts visitors from all over Spain, and it was a wonderful surprise to be able to experience it while we were there.

I also had the opportunity to travel while on ERASMUS, there were a few organisations which were available to help ERASMUS students and organised trips to other parts of the country for visits and longer trips such as skiing or to Sevilla, in the south of Spain.

Taking part in the ERASMUS programme and having the opportunity to live and study in Zaragoza was a wonderful experience, I met lots of students from all over the world and made a lot of friends during my time spent in Spain, I have plans to return this summer to see my friends and tutors in Zaragoza. I would highly recommend any student to take part in this programme as it offers an unmissable opportunity! The only requirement is to have an open mind and the desire to experience a new culture.

Cara Brown, BSc Biochemistry

University of Zaragoza (Spain)

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