Living in a city that is very rich in culture and history while enjoying some of the 300 annual hours of sunshine on the beach – surely that must be a dream? At ESIC Valencia, the dream can become a reality.
Spain is the Number 1 holiday destination for Germans, not least due to its coastlines and mountain ranges, the Mediterranean climate and the mix of the traditional and the modern. Gazpacho, good wine, paella, tortilla, tapas and cold beer are other plus points. Other things we associate with the Kingdom of Spain include hiking in the Pyrenees, bathing in the Mediterranean, surfing in the Atlantic, siesta and fiesta as well as the scent of pines. The Spanish are known for their zest for life and their relaxed approach, and they enjoy the highest average life expectancy in Europe. Time moves at a different pace in Spain, where people live more in the moment. Coming from Germany, it can take a while to get used to this different understanding of time – and in particular of punctuality. And while the Spanish eat lunch “as late as” around 2 p.m., it is not unusual for them to have dinner at 10 p.m.
Around 800,000 people live in the port city of Valencia, which is situated on the banks of the Turia. The city was founded in 138 BC and boasts a combination of avant-garde, culture and Mediterranean flair. It is in constant flux between urban renewal and preserving the historical buildings. The most beautiful of these include the Llotja de la Seda (Silk Exchange market), Valencia Cathedral, the bull ring as well as the Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas. The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias) is also an impressive modern emblem of the city of Valencia. In addition to a large number of museums, the city offers lots of sporting options, with water sports topping the bill thanks to the city’s location. Alongside sailing, water skiing and surfing, soccer, American football, tennis, running and golf are all on offer. The Mediterranean climate ensures 300 days of sunshine per year, and ideally you can spend those on one of the three beaches. The annual “Fallas” festival is a special spectacle to mark the beginning of spring in Spain. There are processions and fireworks, and the festival culminates in the burning of effigies made from papier-mâché. You should definitely take the opportunity to try traditional paella valenciana, which is prepared using beans, chicken and rabbit. By the way, Valencia was given the title of Spain’s biggest party capital in the 1980s, but ‘unfortunately’ this phase came to an end again in the 1990s. Nevertheless, Valencia is still a very lively place, with lots of options for going out. It is also a true Erasmus city. Every day, you can take part in an activity from the programme – from salsa courses to trips and various parties.
With in excess of 40,000 students, a 51-year history, lecturers with excellent academic qualifications and eleven locations in Spain and Brazil, ESIC offers an outstanding opportunity for obtaining a high-quality university qualification. All of the study programmes have an international gearing and include practical exercises. Many of the courses are offered in English. Most of the professors also work in industry, thus ensuring that the teaching is highly practical. In recent years, various media around the world have recognised the quality of ESIC, ranking it amongst the best business and marketing schools. Here are just some of those: In 2011, ESIC was the only European university to feature in the Top 20 Business Schools as selected by the renowned Business Week. In 2014, Américana Economía rated ESIC at Number 12 in the world’s best business schools. This was followed in 2015 by Merco Talent awarding ESIC the title of best business school in its sector in Spain, while in 2016, CNN Expansión Mexico rated the MBA as one of the best in the world. Erasmus students are greeted with a Welcome & Orientation Day. It is possible to choose your courses so that you are integrated in a class (like at HSBA), making it easier to get to know the Spanish students and to learn Spanish. By the way, many of the courses do not take place until the afternoon. While most of the courses on the small but modern campus in Valencia are in Spanish, the number of courses held in English is increasingly rapidly. But you can attend a Spanish language course for support. Classes depend on active participation by the students, and this is included in the grade (along with attendance). By the way, the beach is only around a half-hour walk from campus!
There are student halls on the university campus (http://www.residenciauniversitariasfj.es/) that cost upward of EUR 759 per month including all meals and a weekly change of bed linen and towels. It may also be worthwhile looking for a room in shared accommodation (for example at http://erasmusu.com/es or http://www.aluni.net/es/). Many students live in the Benimaclet neighbourhood, for example, which has good transport links to the university. The residential areas around Calle Campoamore also come recommended.