Last March, I traveled to tour a college. It was definitely the best location to travel. SPAIN! If you don’t know, Universidad de Navarra (UNAV) is one of the best universities in the world. The main campus is located in Pamplona. I plan to attend university in Spain and work there as well after. After researching the universities in Spain, I cam across UNAV. Their website had the most resources and information than other university websites I’ve seen. I was impressed with their long experience with having international students. Online, I was able to make an appointment to tour the university. We were off!
My mom and I were dropped off at the general building. I was already amazed by what I’ve seen of Spain so far, but I there I felt content, and at home. We met with a faculty member, Anna, in the cafeteria. I ordered a tortilla española. YUM! Anna is from Rhode Island, so I felt really comfortable with her. She gave us a bunch of brochures and pamphlets explaining everything. Housing, majors, financial aid, etc. My mom was very impressed with how prepared and organized they were. (Especially considering the last university we went to, where the International office they had online closed, so we couldn’t find it on the campus.)
After that, she walked me around to the different buildings. I got to meet faculty members from each department. We ran into the woman in charge of the International Foundation Program (IFP), a program international students can take before they go to the university to improve their Spanish. After learning about the program, I wanted to do it.
A few hours later, we said goodbye and went back to our hotel for the night, the Hotel La Perla. A hotel Hemingway stayed at. That place was SO nice. They only had 40 rooms and the keys were actually keys. REAL KEYS. The employees were super helpful and kind. You can tell how nice a hotel is based on the bathroom. I would rather have a luxurious bathroom, than bedroom when I travel. I felt like a queen.
The next day, my mom and I packed up and went to the train station to go back to Madrid to finish the rest of our trip. I returned home more sure than ever of what I wanted to do. I applied in April and got accepted in June. I am so excited to start in January. I wish I took pictures of the university, but I didn’t want to stand out too much. I can’t wait to take more pictures and write more about living in Spain.