Summer is almost over and that means that for those of us who are still studying it is time to go back to school. The new school year offers so many possibilities and chances waiting for you to take. Why don’t you try to go for a semester abroad? There are so many foreign exchange programs so that everybody finds something interesting.
I did it 4 years ago and it was undoubtedly one of the best times I have ever had. The difficult part is to choose the right place – preferably one that is fun. Below I have listed several reasons why my choice – Granada is just the right place for you.
1. The exotic mixture of cultures: Nowhere else in Europe can you experience this – the smells, the sights and the sounds that make you feel like in a completely different world.
2. Enjoy tapas at its finest: Granada remains one of the few cities where you still get free tapas when you order a drink. There is variety to choose from and they taste oh-so good!
3. See flamenco performed by the best: Andalusia is the birthplace of this passionate dance. Here you can see it performed properly and by the best.
4. The nightlife: Thousands of students that go to the University of Granada sure know how to have fun. Whether you prefer sipping sangria and talking to your friends in an outdoor cafe, enjoying vibrant bars full of interesting people, dancing all night in one of the clubs or whether you want to experience el botellón Granada is the place to be.
5. The location: The city is located almost perfectly for you to go and explore the whole region. And believe me there is lots to see: Seville, Cordoba, Malaga, Cadiz, the beautiful beaches of Marbella, Gibraltar and we mustn’t forget about Morocco.
6. The Alhambra: Last but not least I have to mention the magnificent and breathtaking Alhambra. Just take a look around and you will travel back in time. The “genius loci” of this place that towers over the city is inspiring.
The people, the history, the life – all of these things and much more make Granada my number one choice for a place to study semester or two abroad. It offers best of both worlds – you can ski in Sierra Nevada one day and go to the beach the next.
What do you say? Did I convince you or do you have other places you’d like to go? What was your Erasmus experience like? Share your thoughts in the comments below.