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Alex McVeigh – Preparing for a Year Abroad in Valencia, Spain

I’m Alex McVeigh, a Stage 2 International Business Management student, currently preparing for a year in Valencia, Spain.


Why did you apply for the Erasmus+ study abroad programme?

I applied for this programme because I think it will help to advance my level of Spanish which will thoroughly benefit me in my final year.  As I plan to pursue a career in international business, a key element of my future will be putting myself in unfamiliar situations and adapting accordingly.  Studying in Spain will give me practice of this, as I will have to adapt to the culture differences, which again will benefit me in the future.


What are you doing to prepare for your Year Abroad Placement?

To prepare for my year abroad, I have been reading blog posts from past students who have been in my position, to put my mind at rest and give me an idea of what to expect.


What are you expecting your destination country to be like?

As I have been to Spain before and researched the area thoroughly, I have quite a detailed idea of what to expect.  I know that I will have to adapt to a completely new Spanish culture, which differs from what I am used to.  However, I also know that it is a popular destination for students from all over the world, so there will be a large network of international students who are all in the same boat, which puts my mind at rest!


What are you most looking forward to about your Year Abroad Placement?

I’m looking forward to meeting a vast range of new people from all over the world.  In England, I’m limited to the amount of international students I meet, however, in Valencia there will more opportunities, especially Spanish people who can hopefully help me advance in the language.


What are you most nervous about?

In all honesty, I’m most nervous about the heat, as I normally tend to sunburn.  However, I hope that I will quickly adapt and that it won’t become a burden for the amazing experience that studying in Valencia will be.


What do you hope to get out of your Year Abroad Placement?

Above all, I hope to come back from my year abroad with a significantly improved level of Spanish, and a lot more friends and hopefully business connections from all over the world.

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