Study Abroad: A Day in the Life
Our student Chloe from the U.S. has been with us for several months and is already well adapted to the study abroad lifestyle!
She walks us through her day to day routine and gives us an insight into the lifestyle of a study abroad student in Spain.
1. Walk us through your day to day routine.
Here in Valencia I take Spanish classes at EUROACE school and work for an ad tech start-up company here. I usually start out my day by getting ready and eating a piece of toast with ham and cheese, one of my favorite things to eat here in Spain.
I then go to my internship which is next to the water and only a 20 minutes walk from my apartment. I typically work from 9am-2 pm. When I finish work I either go home to eat lunch or venture out to the centre to one of my favorite lunch places.
Later in the afternoon, I have regular Spanish classes. I always have lots of free time in the afternoons and evenings to discover the amazing city of Valencia!
2. How many hours do you work per week and how much free time do you get?
I typically work between 20-25 hours a week. I have free time in the afternoons and evenings to explore the city and meet friends.
3. What are your main responsibilities as an intern?
As an intern I am responsible for conducting a lot of market research. I research different international markets that are suitable for my company to expand to. I also translate a lot of company presentations and documents into English and Portuguese. I assist my boss with several other tasks throughout the week and support the team with anything they need.
4. Why did you choose to intern abroad in Spain?
I chose Spain because I wanted to learn Spanish and because I have heard so many amazing things about Spanish culture and cuisine!
5. What are the benefits of interning abroad in a city like Valencia?
Valencia is amazing! It has the feel of a big city without actually being too big. It is easy to maneuver and explore. I love that I can stroll through the downtown area and see historic architecture and also head down to the beach if I want to, all while passing by amazing restaurants.
6. Have you made many international or local friends?
Yes, I have! I have made some friends with locals here and they are really nice and they help me check out new restaurants and coffee shops. I have also made some friends in my EUROACE Spanish classes.
7. Do you get to practice Spanish at your internship?
Yes, I do! My boss speaks pretty good English, but we still speak in Spanish sometimes. I also speak in Spanish with my co-workers which is great to practice.
8. Would you recommend an internship abroad in Valencia to your friends?
Absolutely! I am enjoying my time here. The city is amazing, my internship is great, and my teachers at EUROACE are awesome!
If you’d like to create your own study abroad program as Chloe did, just go to our Custom Study Abroad page to check out your options.