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The official language of the Catalan universities is Catalan.

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"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."

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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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Visita al refugi antiaeri de la plaça del Diamant

Next activity: Barcelona 7/3/2017

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Next activity: Barcelona 11/3/2017

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Calçotada

Calçotada

Barbecue of calçots cooked on the grill and dipped in a sauce, the principal ingredients of which are crushed hazelnuts, almonds, roasted garlic, toasted bread, oil and red pepper.

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