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Approximately 60% of the classes given at Catalan universities are given in Catalan. The language in which each course is taught is public information and appears in the teaching guides.


"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."

Language exchange

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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.
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Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi

Patron saint of Catalonia, a fact that is celebrated on 23 April. The day of Sant Jordi (Saint George) is also the “Day of the Book” and of roses.