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Standard Course, Barcelona

5 / 5
Standard Course (20)
Number of weeks
8 weeks

I have always loved the Spanish language and I wanted to become more fluent. I also thought that improving my Spanish would help me in the future for job opportunities in the Travel and Tourism sector.
I found CESA through my college in Bristol and decided to give you a call. Barcelona had always been a place I wanted to visit – so I was pretty fixed on it as my location choice.
CESA staff talked me through the whole Catalan language situation, for which I was grateful otherwise I wouldn’t have thought about this aspect at all. I decided that Barcelona was still my first choice though, so that’s where I went!
My Spanish improved immensely after just 8 weeks Spanish course in Barcelona. If I’m honest though I should have taken CESA’s advice and stayed with hosts a/ to get more first-hand experience of Spanish culture and conversation and b/ to stop me from speaking English so much out of class with the other students! It was even suggested that I start in a Student residence, and then transfer to hosts, but I didn’t think I could cope with living with strangers, so I kept to the residence. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the residence, meeting so many other young people (many of whom I’m still in touch with), always having someone to go out with at night but I know that other students who stayed with hosts improved their Spanish faster than I did. I guess it’s the choice you have to make.
I don’t think I’d realised quite how much work is involved in learning a new language. My conversational Spanish is now pretty good and I have a firm grammar base too. Their teachers were great and the classes were good. Overall I had a fantastic time and made some great friends from all over the world.
Barcelona is a fantastic city to live in and the atmosphere was great. The city and it’s buzz exceeded my expectations and I had the best two months of my life so far. The college had a young student vibe and the location was great. It is set just a couple of blocks off “Las Ramblas”. You are all in the same boat – knowing this really helps those nerves in the first few days – all of us are away from home and trying to learn a language whilst having a good time. You have to be sensible about living in Barcelona though – it is a large city, very cosmopolitan and it has it’s darker side, as any city does. One student got mugged at night. So just because you’re having a good time abroad, you have to use your common sense.
Overall though it really was fabulous. I felt I changed in so many ways, not only learning a new language, meeting new people but trying a different lifestyle (one which was far healthier for me – ate some great food out there). I loved their way of life. I hope to go back next year and this time I’ll study harder, party less and learn more Spanish. At least, that’s the plan!