After having the Spanish exchange students with us at Cogswell College for 6 weeks, we were really sad to see them go! Before they left, we caught up with Marta Pena (MP), Cristobal de la Torre (CT), Juan Carlos Montero Díaz (JD) and Javier Ángel Nieto Moncó (JM) to ask about their experiences.
Rachael: Is this your first trip to the United States?
CT: Yes, this is the first time that I am in USA
JD: No, it’s my second trip
JM: Yes, it’s my first trip to United States. Really, it’s the first trip to United States of one member of my family!
Rachael: What are the biggest differences between studying in the US and Spain?
MP: The educational system. In Spain there is lots of theory that only get tested at the end of the year through long and tedious xams. In the US, everything seems to be more into practicing, homework and every-day efforts. Also the teachers… because the system is different, the teachers create a different atmosphere… more dynamic and practical.
CT: Studies here are more friendly, classes are so funny and [we get more] practice
JD: Here the classes are more practical, the teacher help you more and the computers are better
JM: I think that the biggest differences are that the classes are more practical here and the teachers are [less formal] than in Madrid. Another difference is the computers, because here are better.