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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

Reviews

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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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Jesse
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I enjoyed the program so much that I have since returned to Valencia to visit the city as well as the program staff (Isa and Jose). The first time I was there, I studied with a group from my university and we had a terrific time. We were able to explore Valencia on our own and really experience the Valencian/Spanish culture first hand. Of course Isa and Jose helped out if we had any questions about what to see or do. They also set up weekly excursions for us that ranged from cultural museums to kayaking in the mountains and sailing in the Mediterranean.

From and academic stand point I learned more than I thought I ever could in only 5 weeks. The teachers did a great job of integrating our daily experiences into the class curriculum. For example, when we took a trip to the central market, we were able to experience something completely new (no markets like that in the USA) and were able to learn many new vocabulary words. After a weekend trip to Madrid and Toledo, sponsored by the program, we learned the different verb tenses to use in discussing the trip we just took. The classroom setting was inviting and fun, and we were able to learn from the teacher as well as each other.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked to learn a little more about the subjunctive tense. After being in Spain, I realized that the subjunctive is used very frequently. Our class focused a lot on the finer details of the language such as gender and number, as well as prepositions, commands, etc. This is not a bad thing because I certainly needed to review those parts of the language too.

I really have nothing to strongly suggest for improvement. I would not have returned to visit if I didn't enjoy myself the first time.
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Ghaz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Euroace are the reason why I have fallen in love with Spain and the Spanish culture. Their outstanding teaching methods, vibrant language exchanges, diverse range of cultural activities, but above all their warmth and generosity, have made every ounce of this experience worthwhile. Living in a foreign country and having to adapt to a new language can be a daunting task for many first-timers. With Euroace, you undoubtedly skip this step. They make the transition into your new lifestyle so easy that you're bound to be calling Spain 'Home' in no time.

What would you improve about this program?
If I had to change one aspect of this program, I would encourage Euroace to expand its office to other European countries such as the UK. I have been very fortunate to have taken part in this program and to have made so many wonderful memories. I now wish to spread the word to the next generation of Erasmus students embarking upon this incredible adventure so that they too can live through this special journey.

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews 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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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

Elizabeth Wallace

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International Programs
Elizabeth Wallace

Elizabeth specifically manages marketing and social media for Euroace. Her role in student services involves administrating student documentation, giving welcome orientations and partaking in activities and organized programs with the students. She also assists with the coordination of student accommodation alongside José.

What is your favorite travel memory?

That’s a tough question, I don’t think I could choose only one. I would say one of my favorite travel memories is from India — I went to New Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and Jaipur, the pink city. I absolutely loved everything about India and how the culture felt so alive. One of my favorite things from the trip was having dinner and a cooking class in the home of a local Indian family.

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

I would say I have changed in that I now am more comfortable communicating in Spanish on a more formal level in the work place - I had never worked in Spanish before, and now having to communicate with local companies and partners in Spanish through emails, phone calls and meetings, I have greatly improved my confidence in speaking Spanish in this context.

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

One of the students I met studied here one summer with her school, and chose to come back the following summer on her own to continue studying Spanish - she loved the program and activities so much that she wanted to spend her next summer doing the same thing! I think this says a lot about the programs we offer that she would want to come back!

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

If I could go on any program, I would probably choose a more specific tour, such as the Gastronomy Tour, and I would be interested in exploring the gastronomy of not only Valencia but also other regions of Spain. I think this type of trip would be fun and insightful, to be able to visit cities in a way different from how I would normally, and see another part of the culture besides the main sites and activities.

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

I believe Euroace is unique in that the company is actually based in Valencia - many major corporations may offer something similar (study abroad, intern, or gap year programs) but they are not based in the city they offer the programs in—meaning they work with a local company to manage everything. Euroace is made up of a team who are in constant contact with not only each and every company interns work with, but also host families, student accommodation staff and anyone involved in cultural activities. We will go above and beyond to give the best experience to students.

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

I believe the most important factor in a successful company is being true to what you promote - in this case, delivering excellent programs to students to meet (or exceed) their expectations! Euroace has been around for over 12 years and is full of success stories of students who have joined various programs and had life-changing experiences They gain career experience, improve their language skills, and make friends with people from other countries and cultures totally different from their own. They leave wanting to come back!

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