Rafael Álvarez Romero of Law at the University of Oviedo, Asturias. Spain.

When you entered UNI did you know there were international programs?


At what point and why did you start thinking about applying for a scholarship and studying in another country?  

When I was interested in learning about other cultures and knowledge about my career.

Why did you decide to study in that country?

Because it was a dream for me to get to know Madrid and I like Spanish soccer very much.

How was the scholarship application process?

Well, I had to list my most significant activities throughout my UNI career and it was a privilege to be given such an opportunity.

How did you prepare for this new experience?

A lot of nervousness, but I knew it would be a wonderful experience.

How did you feel when you arrived in the new country?

Surprise and nerves, doing a lot of things the first time, but an incredible experience.

How have you been received at the university where you arrived?

Very well, treating me like just another student at the university.

What do you miss the most about Mexico and UNI?

From Mexico the food and my family, from UNI colleagues and professors.

What is the most exciting thing you have experienced so far in this experience? And the most difficult?
The most exciting thing was meeting people from all over Europe and the hardest part was getting used to the Spanish regulations.

How do you think this experience will influence you as a person and professionally?

So much so, it gives me the opportunity to know the European Union's legal systems and that broadens my outlook.

What advice would you give to those who are about to go on exchange to another country?

  • Make friends from your career.
  • Travel a lot (Save from before)
  • Meet many people.
  • Enjoy this magnificent experience 

Would you recommend these opportunities offered by UNI to your colleagues?

Totally, this is a unique experience and I am very grateful to the university for choosing me to represent them.