Hello! I’m Zuriel Lima Corona from Mexico, and I’m currently studying the SIIPA Master’s program at the Translvania University in Brasov, Romania.
I want to share with you my wonderful Erasmus exchange experience in the Canary Islands, an autonomous community of Spain.
Firstly, I want to congratulate you for considering or already starting your process to participate in an Erasmus program. I’m excited and happy that you’re seeking information because the adventure has already begun for you. I sincerely hope that this blog is helpful to you.
Why I chose the Canary Islands?
Let me share with you the reasons why I chose the Canary Islands, Spain, as my Erasmus destination. I have always been curious to travel to Spain because of its fascinating history and its connection to my home country, Mexico.
Additionally, some friends had described the Canary Islands as a true paradise in the Atlantic, composed of 8 islands.
According to the locals, these islands are geographically close to Africa and are under the sovereignty of Spain, but their culture and spirit have strong Latin American roots. This combination of three continents intrigued me greatly, and I knew I had to experience it firsthand.
Everything you’re looking for and more on a small island…
I want to start by telling you that if you choose the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (short: ULPGC), you will have the opportunity to travel to the beautiful island of Gran Canaria. The city of Las Palmas will be the epicenter of your Erasmus experience.
Additionally, I would like to highlight that in the Canary Islands, there is no reason to worry or feel fear because these islands have absolutely everything you can imagine EVERYTHING!
Are you looking for beautiful beaches?
You’ll find that and much more in Gran Canaria.
You’ll also find them in Gran Canaria.
The best sunsets?
Without a doubt, Gran Canaria will delight you with its beauty.
I also invite you to venture out and discover its impressive mountains, sand dunes, and surprisingly, there is even snow in Gran Canaria! And if you’re still not convinced, let me mention that in addition to Gran Canaria, there are seven other islands that you can explore and enjoy.
Diversity and adventure await you in the Canary Islands!
Culture, people, and spring
Once you have decided to embark on an Erasmus experience, it is natural for questions to arise about the people and culture in the host country. The answers you find may be subjective, but in my opinion, overall, I found the people of the Canary Islands to be sociable, open, warm, friendly, and always willing to help.
Since these islands are popular tourist destinations, their inhabitants are accustomed to interacting with people from different cultures, religions, and ways of thinking.
While Spanish is the main language in this autonomous community of Spain, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who also speak other languages such as English, Italian, and German, among others.
My Erasmus experience took place during the spring semester, which I consider the ideal time to do your exchange because you’ll enjoy warm weather every day. Additionally, during this period, there are numerous notable events such as carnivals, concerts, and the LGBT+ pride march.
It’s important to have an open mind as these islands are known for being LGBTQ+ friendly and promoting diversity.
ULPGC, facilities, classes, and professors
The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) is the largest educational institution in the archipelago. Every semester, it attracts students from around the world, as well as those from other autonomous communities in mainland Spain, who choose to do their exchange there.
In my experience, I believe that the university has adequate facilities and highly qualified professors who are willing to provide support at all times. However, I must mention that the evaluation system can be more challenging to achieve high grades compared to Romania and even my home country, Mexico.
Fortunately, the professors understand the situation that many Erasmus students face and are willing to offer their support. Therefore, if you decide to come to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, I would recommend that you approach the professors and clarify all your doubts to be well prepared for the exam sessions.
In conclusion, my Erasmus experience in the Canary Islands was truly exceptional, combining natural beauty, diverse cultures, and warm hospitality. I highly recommend choosing the Canary Islands for your Erasmus program, as it promises an unforgettable adventure filled with diversity and exploration.