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Things to know before Student Exchange to Spain

Yogyakarta (11/10) – For many years, Spain has been one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. People visit Spain for its outstanding culture and history, as well as its wonderful beaches in the south, delectable gastronomy, and pleasant weather. This post will go over everything you need to know before studying in Spain. In reality, IGOV UMY has a student exchange destination in Spain with two campus partners that you can pick from, namely Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat Jaume L. No matter where you plan to travel in Spain, and whether it’s your first or tenth visit, Spain always manages to surprise and impress you. To that end, here are some travel ideas for Spain that will be handy for your next study abroad or vacation.

Pickpockets can be an issue.
Some parts of Spain, particularly big cities like Barcelona and Madrid, are notorious for pickpockets who prey on unsuspecting tourists in busy spots or on the metro. Make sure to protect your valuables by wearing a money belt or making sure your pocketbook has a zip and is worn close to your body. Be cautious in crowded areas and avoid making it clear that you are a tourist, especially if you don’t know where you’re going.

Tipping isn’t that big of a deal.
Tipping is nearly non-existent in Spain, with most Spaniards leaving nothing or a few pence.

Spain has excellent public transit.
Traveling across Spain is simply because of the country’s massive public transportation system. There are various possibilities for moving across the country, ranging from national budget airlines like Vueling and Iberia Express to the Renfe railway network and large, affordable bus lines. The metro and buses are good options inside cities, and daily and weekly tickets are available in most destinations.

Occasionally, stores will close in the middle of the day.
Many stores and companies in Spain close for at least a couple of hours in the middle of the day, so don’t expect to get much done between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., when many Spaniards (particularly in smaller towns) take a long lunch break. In metropolitan cities, larger shops and supermarkets will usually stay open, but you can never count on finding an open shop in the middle of the day. Shops, on the other hand, stay open later. Most clothing stores in major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona remain open until around 10 p.m. (ARP)

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