First contacts

We provide all the information you need for an in-depth view of the giant puzzle that is Catalonia; a land where linguistic and cultural diversity are present in every corner.

Find out what Catalans are like

Many people arrive in Catalonia unaware of what they will find here. Find out through the materials we provide. They aim to show foreign students who come to study at a Catalan university different aspects of our customs, society and the linguistic situation in Catalonia.

 

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Get to know the country
Multiculturalism
I live in Catalonia
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Discover and compare cultural aspects of Catalonia with those of other European countries. Promotes intercultural awareness and raises awareness of similarities and differences.

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Multiple choice quiz on social norms in different countries.

 

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A tool to support language mentors and volunteers involved in integration programmes at Catalan universities and may often find themselves practising the language with students from other parts of the world who do not speak either Catalan or Spanish, or who have only a basic grounding.

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It contains phrases and expressions they can practice, additional grammatical content with simple explanations, and cultural information that may be of interest to new arrivals in Catalonia. This resource has been developed with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Ministry of Business and Knowledge.

 

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 Find out how Catalan is used.

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In recent years, hundreds of International students have arrived in Catalonia without knowing what language situation is. Are you one of them? Here are some facts that might help you to fill in the blanks.

Information pills.

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I live in Catalonia
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Catalonia at a click is a collection of links to sites which provide useful information on life in Catalonia.

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There is something here for everyone: history, local cuisine, festivals, useful tips, amongst others. If you are thinking of coming here to study, it is a good place to start planning your stay. If you have already landed, it is a good place to find out more about us.

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I live in Catalonia
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To make people who come to a university in Catalonia aware of various aspects of the habits and functioning of Catalan society.

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With this guide you will be able to know how to greet a person you have just met, when it is appropriate to talk to someone in a more formal or informal way, how to act when we are invited to dinner...

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Multiculturalism
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This guide helps people involved in welcoming foreign students who come to study at Catalan universities

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It is aimed at people whose job involves welcoming these students and helping them to integrate, providing resources to make the reception process easier.

 

Discover the language

Catalan is spoken in an area covering 68,730 km2 across four European countries (Spain, France, Andorra and Italy). How many of the people who live there use it? The section on Catalan knowledge and use on the Catalan language page contains all the information on this question: where is it spoken, who speaks it, the use of Catalan in education, culture, commerce, etc.

You can find up-to-date figures on the knowledge and use of Catalan in different contexts: population, public administration, education, health and social services, the media, cultural consumption and the online world, the socio-economic world, Catalan-speaking regions and Catalan in the rest of the world.

You can find annual data on the status of Catalan in Catalonia in these Language policy reports.

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Map of the linguistic domain of Catalan

Be open to the world

At Catalan universities you will come into contact with people from different places. Have you ever thought about cultural differences in terms of all of us living together and getting organised? This section provides you with tools for managing cultural diversity that can help you interact effectively with people from other cultures and countries.

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It aims to demonstrate how important the sustainability of linguistic diversity is throughout the university community. Likewise, it strives to offer the university community materials containing practical and accessible advice on how to become a linguistically sustainable person who is commited to preserving our world's linguistic biodiversity.

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It is available in German, Berber, English, Catalan, Spanish, French, Esperanto, Basque, Galician, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Occitan Catalan Sign Language, Spanish Sign Language and International Sign.

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Un món divers. Guia intercultural (A diverse world. Intercultural guide) is a short guide with a practical focus to reflect on the similarities and differences between cultures and countries in ways of living and organising life: the relations between teacher and lecturer, table manners, the value of punctuality, the space that should be maintained in a conversation, noise levels and body language are some of the topics addressed.

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It is designed particularly for students, lecturers, and members of administrative and service staff who are planning a placement in a foreign university or who work with people from around the world daily.

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Enable participants to better understand linguistic diversity, give them clues on how to best enjoy it and offer them a fun way to open their minds to the world of languages and language learning.

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This questionnaire poses twenty-five questions with statements that users must rate from 0 to 5. After each question, users are presented with an explanatory text and, when the questionnaire is completed, they receive a final score indicating how open they are to languages. At the end of the questionnaire, regardless of their final score, users have the chance to read a complete profile of someone considered to be "open to languages".