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EUROACE

About

EUROACE (European Association for Cultural Exchange) is an experienced cultural exchange organization based on the eastern coast of Spain.
Our Spanish language school has provided 6,000+ students, interns and institutions with unique study abroad experiences in Spain for more than a decade!
We specialize in creating tailor-made programs, a perfect fit between culture and language, professional experiences and academic education. If you want to study, intern, volunteer or take a gap year abroad ... look no further! We can help! :)

Website
www.euroace.net
Founded
2006
Headquarters

C/ Colón, 18, 7ºA.
Valencia
46004 Valencia Valencia
Spain

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Reviews

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Gabriel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First of all, I'm a French Canadian Master Student who needed to do an internship to graduate. Being an International Business Major, I thought to myself "Why not do one abroad, it would be a great experience".
Since I already did an exchange in Asia, I wanted to see how it is to live in Europe. I chose Valencia because the program was really affordable with good reviews and had a program related to international business. It was a country which I've already visited although a new city. I could also learn Spanish by the same time which is really useful seeing the number of Spanish speaking countries.
The program staff was really supportive before and throughout the internship. The same can be said for the company employees hosting me. It was a travel agency located in the marina in a open space startup incubator/accelerator. It specialized in tours in South America with customers from all over the world.
I lived with a host family to learn more about the culture. Some other students/interns came and left during my time there so it was a great way to meet people from other countries.
All in all, it was a great experience which I would recommend to others greatly.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would try to take Spanish classes to really learn the language. There is no better way than to live it. I also would have tried to go to more activities to meet more people. My biggest problem was a lack of time, most internships are 4-5 hours but I needed to do 8h per day for my university.
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Lapo Lucio
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Translated by Go Overseas:

The month I spent in Valencia was fantastic. It allowed me to learn the magnificent language that is Spanish, to meet many people from all over the world and to utter from the city of Valencia to the fullest. In a month you can do many things in a city, visit everything, go to the beach and party, without being stressed to do the maximum in a short time. But the one I liked the most was the kitchen, which is very good. Who goes there has to try the most traditional food: Paella, Fideuá, Orxhata and Fartones.
Also, I think that who is going to do this experience has to be alone, because it is better to learn a new language and meet new people. On the other hand, a person who goes in a city to learn a language alone is freer to do what he wants.

Original Review:

El mes que pasé en Valencia fue fantástico. Me permitió de aprender el idioma magnifico que es el español, de conocer mucha gente de todo el mundo y de profitar de la ciudad de Valencia al maximo. En un mes se puede hacer muchas cosas en una ciudad, visitar todo, ir a la playa y hacer fiesta, sin estar estresado para hacer el maximo en poco tiempo. Pero el que más me gustó fue la cocina, que es muy buena. Quien va allí tiene que probar la comida más tradicional: Paella, Fideuá, Orxhata y Fartones.
Además, creo que quien va a hacer esta experiencia tiene que ser solo, porque es mejor para aprender una nuova lengua y conoce más nueva gente. Por otra parte, una persona que va en una ciudad para aprender un idioma sola es más libre de hacer lo que quiere.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Translated by Go Overseas:

I think whoever does this experience has to utter to the fullest of all that the city of Valencia offers, which is very much :) :) :) Also, I think who will do this experience has to be alone, because it is better to learn A new language and meet new people. On the other hand, a person who goes in a city to learn a language alone is freer to do what they want.

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Creo que quien hace esta experiencia tiene que profitar al maximo de todo el que la ciudad de Valencia ofrece, que es muchissimo:):):)
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Geraldine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a great time here in Euroace. They have good support and are very friendly. My teacher Alvaro was very patient and he made everyone feel very comfortable and at ease in class. They had a lot of different options for classes in terms of times and how many you want to attend and they are flexible. They also offer an open shared working space and use of their wifi in a quiet, air conditioned area for as long as you need.
They organised different weekly activities which many people go to and its a good way to meet others. The host family arranged by Euroace for me was in a perfect location and fitted exactly into what i had asked for in the form. I met a lot of people through the language exchange in St.Patrick's and through other arranged activities.
Thanks everyone! :)

What would you improve about this program?
A few more activities mid week maybe to meet people and go to new places.
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Daniela
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed the course. I learned Spanish mostly by myself before coming to EUROACE, so I was missing structure and basic grammar rules. I enjoyed the teaching style in the school a lot, the teachers presented the lessons in a fun and engaging way, presenting key grammar structures but also introducing lots of conversations, making us involved and willing to share lots of personal stories, to make us speak and get to know each other. I made many friends in my class that I would keep in touch with after the end of the course. The teachers were always very enthusiastic in class and their enthusiasm helped me a lot to motivate me to study. We could also customize the content of the classes, so I could ask about grammar rules and other gaps that I had with the language that were outside the study plan. I really enjoyed the support of the EUROACE team, they were very reliable and and friendly, I felt I very secure, being in a foreign country, I felt I could really rely on them to help me for any kind of orientation and support related to my everyday life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers is to use every chance to interact with the Spanish culture, to take part in the excursions and evening activities organised by EUROACE and to interact with the locals in different events like language exchanges as well as where you live to experience the lifestyle of Spanish people, make friends with the locals as well as use every chance to speak Spanish, also with your schoolmates, even though you may share a common native language.
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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My study abroad experience was by far the best 5 weeks of my life. Immersing yourself in another culture is a challenging, yet highly rewarding process and Euroace is definitely the most friendly and accommodating group to guide you on your trip! If you're worried about communicating, they are fluent in English but encourage you to speak Spanish-only and grow in your language abilities. When I went abroad, I had already completed a Spanish minor and the amount of progress I made by speaking Spanish full time for 5 weeks was truly unimaginable - I began to have dreams in my second language and I was so moved by my experience that I decided to change my degree plan and major in Spanish!

The Euroace group is so personable - Isa & Jose get to know participants on an individual level through instruction and group outings, so you are able to have a personal connection with native Spaniards just through this program, not to mention all the others you will meet and connect with through your daily ventures, conversation exchanges and weekend excursions. I learned so much about the culture and language in only 5 weeks in Spain through the Euroace program!

My only regret is that I didn't spend more time abroad before I graduated and entered the work force. If you're hesitating at all, my advice is to go abroad with Euroace! Stay for a month, a semester, a year - the longer the better and the more you will grow in your language abilities!

What would you improve about this program?
I don't think anything necessarily about the program needs to be improved - I just wish I had stayed in Spain for a longer period of time.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Jessica Derby

Jessica was an undergraduate student at South Dakota State University when she studied abroad in Valencia, Spain. She has since obtained her BA in Spanish, BS in Mathematics and MS in Mathematics, all from SDSU, and is now living and working as a Credit Risk Analyst in Minneapolis, MN. In her free time, she is passionate about running.

Why did you pick this program?

I chose to study abroad in Spain through EUROACE because my University and instructors had an established connection with the program. Our group of about 15 students and 2 instructors left from South Dakota and were greeted in person upon our arrival in Valencia by the EUROACE leaders, Isa and José. These two were our everything: resident experts, instructors, friends, and tour guides for the next 5 weeks.

Not only did this program provide us with great instruction – learning the Spanish language from native speakers in a small classroom – but they also created numerous opportunities for us to interact with other Spaniards and participate in new and fun cultural, academic and active pursuits. They organized our inter-city events as well as our travel and excursions outside the city, within Spain.

What is the most important thing you learned abroad?

The most important thing I learned while being abroad is that the world is a huge place! I am from South Dakota, an area of the Midwest that is far from culturally diverse.

When I travelled to Spain, my first big trip outside of the US, I realized how limited my world view had been. You’ll meet people with similar personalities as those you already know no matter where you go, but you can only understand the different places and manners in which people live their lives by immersing yourself in their culture. I could not have imagined the difference in lifestyle without experiencing it firsthand for an extended period of time.

My experience abroad forever altered my vision of the world, our society, and my place within it. It's a new awe that cannot be fully described in words -- something everyone must truly experience first hand.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

When I hear someone contemplating going abroad, I tell them not to hesitate - they simply MUST GO!

A couple of the main concerns I have heard include the financial burden and being away from loved ones. My advice for students is: take out a loan for your trip if that’s what it takes, because they can be spendy. My mother really encouraged me to go abroad during my undergraduate years and so I took out a loan to pay for my 5 week trip.

I didn’t fully realize the freedom you have in your schedule as a student. However, now as a member of the full time work force, I am saddened to admit that the opportunity to immerse myself in another culture for any period of time longer than a week no longer exists for me! My biggest regret is not spending more time abroad as a student – I wish I had gone on another month-long excursion or even a full semester in a Spanish speaking country.

What made this experience unique and special?

This experience was unique and special because as a student learning Spanish, we were encouraged to abstain from using English for the duration of our 5 week program. While it was challenging waking up hearing our host mother speak to us in Spanish, we had no choice but to spark our brainwaves and speak back to her in our second language – it was our only option because she did not speak English!

While this may seem daunting, immersion is the most effective way of enhancing your language speaking abilities. Despite the challenge, it was one of the most personally rewarding experiences of my life. I was one of the stronger Spanish speakers within our group, and a lot of my peers relied on me to communicate for them. I took advantage of every opportunity to speak, and I felt so proud of myself after realizing how much my skills had grown and I could communicate my everyday needs in a foreign country!

Some of my big learning experiences included: successfully completing a clothing return at a department store, and approaching a group of young Spaniards in a bar and joining in on their Spanish version of my favorite game: Trivial Pursuit!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Daniel Romero

Job Title
Coordinator & Student Welfare at Euroace
Born, grown and in love with Valencia, Spain.

Graduated in Business Administration from the “Universitat de València”.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Some years ago, me and some friends went to visit another friend, who was working in Slovenia. We decided to go to Ljubljana and spend the day in the capital. We were going by train, when it started snowing, even blocking the railway. Finally, we arrived more than two hours later than expected, and didn’t know if we would be able to go back home at night. Despite that worry, we had fun on the train, and great time in the city, visiting the Castle and different locations. I will never forget that trip!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I started working at Euroace as an intern who needed to take an internship placement to finish my Degree.

At the beginning, my tasks were only related to research, and nowadays I'm working on arranging our Spanish school lesson schedule, managing host families, and organizing student internship placements.

That evolution shows me that the company trusts in me, so I feel more self-confident than some months ago.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I've been working at Euroace since last February, so I can't say anything about students that have returned to the school, but I have seen some remarkable stories.

From students that signed a contract after finishing their internships, and stayed working with them, to students that came to Valencia and didn't go back home due to they found love here...

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

As part of the internship programs, we organize meetings with the supervisors and the student on the first day of the program.

This allows us to meet new and really nice people and companies.

Most of these companies have thoughts and projects, that results very interesting, and can give us new ideas for the future. So I think an internship program would be very interesting!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are a wonderful human group. We have a great workforce, and we all are more like a family than teamwork.

We try to solve everyday issues helping each other, to reach the best solution for the student.

Always taking care of our students with joy and a great atmosphere between students and Euroace. I'm proud of being part of Euroace Team.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Organization is basic for the proper working of a company.

To have all the information clear is basic for working in the perfect conditions and avoiding mistakes.

But I think it's much more important to have a great atmosphere at the office.

It's key to have all the team happy and trust in your colleagues to get successful results.

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