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Apart from other blogs already describing experiences on exchange programs or  ones giving advice and help on preparing for such a program, expanding one’s search into the video-blogosphere and the world of podcasts yields even more. Videoblogs is an excellent tool for searching videoblogs, as its name implies; while searching for videoblogs dealing with study abroad programs in Spain, I came across a video posted by the International Relations Department of the University of Navarre in which a few familiar faces from last year appeared. As for podcasts, PodcastAlley helped me find what I was looking for. The user first has to download an aggregator, which effectively allows him to subscribe to podcasts. From there it’s easy, as all one has to do is enter the URL of the podcast, and the aggregator does the rest of the work; it will list all past podcasts uploaded by the author, and the user can pick which he wants. It also updates automatically as new podcasts are uploaded by that same author.

 

The first podcast I found is titled Studying Abroad, which seemed appropriate enough. The author, a student preparing for her study abroad in Alicante, speaks of the necessary research and preparations for spending time studying in a foreign country. She is certainly no professional, as is evident by her sporadic pauses and stuttering; this, however, does not take away from the validity of some of her points. She insists on the importantce of researching before leaving, to know what to bring. She talks specifically of researching weather and dressing habits in the country of destination, so as to bring clothes that are suited for the weather and that will allow the student to fit into the culture. She also mentions looking for a place to live before arriving, something that is facilitated by the internet, and bringing enough money in local currency to last for at least a day. Something that particularly caught my attention was her mention of bringing some type of food from home to help you when you’re having a hard time; if only I could’ve brought milk in my suitcase…

 Spanish Notes is a podcast meant to help foreigners learn Spanish. It has a number of levels; beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each channel to which the user can subscribe includes over a dozen podcasts; each talks about different aspects of life in Spain as tools to help teach the language. By the time the user reaches the advanced level, each podcast is a conversation between a man and a woman who talk about different issues and topics. Listening to these would help incoming students improve their Spanish and get used to the accent they will have to deal with upon their arrival in Spain.

 

The following video is a vlog of a student who will be studying abroad in Barcelona. Just like she would in a blog, she shares her thoughts about her experience and keeps family and friends updated through it.

While this last video is not quite the traditional vlog in that it is not a user talking about her experiences, I did find it on Videoblogs. It promotes tourism to Spain, in this case Ibiza. As every student coming to Spain wants to first have fun, then travel, and only then study, tourism maintains a high level importance for students studying abroad. 

Written by gstmaurice

October 14, 2009 at 11:56 PM