Activities

Each course includes different complementary activities aimed at immersing the student in a university environment as well as studying the different academic, professional and cultural aspects of the international programs in depth.

Enjoy your experience!

Going abroad to study a whole semester is a key decision in the academic and personal development of university students.

At Villanueva, international students benefit from the knowledge acquired through the different International Programs, as well as thoroughly improving their command of the Spanish language, both for everyday use and in their specific professional area of choice. However, studying abroad is most significant for the personal experience it represents. Living and studying in another country, far from one ́s usual environment and immersed in a different culture is a truly mind-opening adventure that makes you much more self-sufficient and resolute.

Moreover, when such an experience is shared with people from other countries and different mentalities, it becomes all the more enriching and thrilling. This is why at Villanueva we believe that the aim of spending a semester in Madrid should include, beyond all the academic work and efforts, enjoying the daily experience of living in a different culture. Coexisting with French, German, British, Russian, Lithuanian students and sharing the opportunity to get to know new places and customs in a friendly environment are aspects that complement the student ́s integral learning process.

During the preliminary intensive fortnight to welcome international alumni, students have the chance to visit to the most famous sites in Madrid and go on a guided trip to a near important city, while starting to get to know their classmates and share the experience.

Each term, a “Gastronomic Meeting” is organized to test and taste our culinary skills. Every student, Spanish and international, prepares a typical dish from their country or region of origin (something simple, no need to be a chef!) and we all gather for dinner and taste traditional food from other countries. At Villanueva we also like celebrating traditional festivities –the Sevillian April Fair, Christmas, Halloween, Saint Isidro…- with all the typical food, music, and customs related to them.

The university organizes sport championships (soccer and other sports) between students of different nationalities or students and staff, and promotes projects to be developed jointly by international and Spanish students – such as the compilation of a “university student guide” in different languages.

Discovering Madrid.

This course is aimed at providing students with an overview of the city which they are undertaking their international semester, covering different aspects of the companies, culture, history and current living habits and customs.

Some activities included in this course:

  • Flamenco Show
  • Bullfight
  • Expositions
  • Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
  • Spanish Films etc.

In short, it ́s all about sharing and getting to know other customs and lifestyles. At the end of the students ́ stay at Villanueva, they are given an opinion survey on their “Madrilian experience”. This is what some of them said:

I ́ve realized that you can work hard and enjoy life at the same time
Remy, Paris, 1999
My mind is open now and I have discovered a different way of living and thinking, no better or worse, but it has taught me a lot for my own life!
Nicole, Munich, 2001
I wasn ́t interested in History or Culture before, and now I ́m going home I can ́t wait to study the History and Culture of my country so I can understand it better
Celine, Paris, 2004
Madrid is fascinating! So alive and full of things to do…!
Momo, Congo, 2009
I have experienced the importance of working with other people, with different mentalities and very diverse opinions…and getting good results from it!
Wolfgang, Dresden, 2014