A pocket guide to enjoying your stay
The aim of this guide is to provide all those coming to study at a university in Catalonia with an explanation of a number of aspects of Catalan customs and the way Catalan society works: how to greet a person you have just met, when to use the formal or informal form of you, how to act when invited to dinner, etc.
Did you know?
- In Catalan, time is expressed in quarters of hours.
- The summer solstice is celebrated on the festival of Sant Joan (St. John's day) with fires lit in the street and fireworks.
- On the festival of Sant Jordi (St. George's day), towns and cities fill up with stalls selling books and roses.
- In Catalonia, students usually have between 80 and 100 days' holiday a year.
- The main languages for communication in Catalonia are Catalan and Spanish.
- 74.5% of the population of Catalonia speak Catalan and 94.5% understand it.
- Catalan is the language used by government agencies.