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"I understand perfectly that I'm living somewhere where the people speak Catalan and not just Spanish. And I like being able to surprise people with the fact that although I'm foreign, I speak their language and I want to learn about their culture."

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  • Language exchanges. Enjoy the experience!

    Language exchanges. Enjoy the experience!

    To take part in language exchanges at your university, all you need is to be in the mood for a chat and learning about a new culture.
    Roberto and Joaquim, Benedek and Petra, Estel and Petr, Sandra and Karolina talk about the intiative and their experience of it. Lisa and Maitane tell us about language volunteering, while Joan talks about the online exchange.

  • Broaden your horizons at Pompeu Fabra University

    Broaden your horizons at Pompeu Fabra University

    Sarah, Diane, Zouhair and Lorena all decided to come to Catalonia to extend their training or gain more professional experience at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona. So did Cristina and Hallie, who also wanted to take part in the language exchange programme, along with Teresa and Marta. In this video they tell us about their experience of Catalonia and the UPF.

  • Sign up for language exchanges at the University of Girona

    Sign up for language exchanges at  the University of Girona

    Hana, Carmen, Dorota and Hana are mobility students who decided to come to Catalonia and study at the University of Girona (UdG). Kira is from Andorra and Anna is Catalan. They both take part in tàndems, the UdG's language exchange programmes. The following video is a brief summary of what they told us when we visited them at their university.

  • Experience university at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

    Experience university at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

    Maria Assunta and Johannes are two mobility students at the University of Lleida (UdL) who learned to speak Catalan while they were here at university. In this video they explain why they decided to learn Catalan and how they did it.

  • Do you want to learn Catalan? It’s easy at the University of Lleida

    Do you want to learn Catalan? It’s easy at the University of Lleida

    Maria Assunta and Johannes are two mobility students at the University of Lleida (UdL) who learned to speak Catalan while they were here at university. In this video they explain why they decided to learn Catalan and how they did it.

  • Anna Maria

    26 years old
    Romanian (Communication and Public Relations)
    Anna Maria did a language tandem with Irma "I got to know lots of people on this programme and was able to practice two foreign languages. I am very happy to have taken part in the UdG tandems programme."
  • Margarita

    36 years old
    Spanish (studying Catalan)
    Margarita did a language tandem with M. Elena "I really enjoyed this experience and I would like to repeat it in the second semester."
  • Antonio

    22 years old
    Italian (Mediterranean Language and Society)
    Antonio did a language tandem with Neus "This has been a very important activity because I learned lots more about Catalan culture and language. I also had fun with my tandem partner and I am pleased because I was able to help her improve her spoken Italian."
  • Margori Amaro

    Venezuela
    "I really enjoy learning Catalan so that I can integrate into Catalan society and so that I can speak to my neighbours and friends more easily. I am doing a master's degree in Telecommunications and I would really like to defend my final project in Catalan, not only because it is a challenge for me but also because I really like the language and I like communicating with Catalans in their own language."
  • Maria Raquel Lopes Ramos

    Portugal
    "Because Catalonia welcomes people from abroad. It is a way of saying thank you. And because it is a language that is phonetically very funny."
  • Kate Cusack

    England
    "I enrolled for the Catalan course because I wanted to learn the language of Catalonia. I can also do a Catalan course when I go back to England, in the last year of my degree, and I wanted to know a little bit before I started."
  • Gisele Vega Salas

    Peru
    "Because I wanted to learn about Catalan culture, the people and everyday life. Barcelona is a very interesting city because it has its own language, a language that identifies the people from here. I like learning new languages."
  • Piotr Golec

    Poland
    "I understand perfectly that I'm living somewhere where the people speak Catalan and not just Spanish. And I like being able to surprise people with the fact that although I'm foreign, I speak their language and I want to learn about their culture."
  • Ana Luisa Rivera

    Brazil
    "I enrolled for a Catalan course because I think it is important to learn the language and culture of the place you are living. That's the only way not to feel like a tourist."
  • Elvira

    Saragossa
    "To open up my ears and my mind, going beyond words. To understand what is and what is not a country or a language or a border. And more than anything else, to have fun."
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