Samantha Arreguín of Global Business at the University of Lleida, Spain.

When you entered Uni did you know there were international programs? Yes, I was already aware of the academic experiences thanks to acquaintances from the University.

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

I have always liked to learn the history and way of life of other countries, so from the beginning of my career I started to meet goals to be able to apply.

Why did you decide to study in that country?

Because they offered subjects that interested me and also because it is one of the countries with more foreign students, so I thought it was excellent to know that I would get to know more cultures.

How was the scholarship application process?

It was really an easy process for me, even UNI always supports you in any obstacles or doubts that arise. 

How did you prepare for this new experience?

It was hard knowing that I would be leaving my family and friends for the first time and for a long time, but everyone motivated me. I was also researching what daily life is like in the country and saved a lot. 

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

I felt good and excited to know how the classes would be, anxious to know the city, also for the people I would meet from other parts of the world. 

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

Better than I thought, the teachers, local classmates and even students from other countries were very friendly and we connected quickly.

What do you miss the most about Mexico and UNI?
I missed my family and friends a lot, also the food, especially the spicy food. From UNI I missed the social and academic environment. 

What is the most exciting thing you have experienced so far in this experience? And the most difficult?
The fact that I made friends from Korea, Italy, Spain, Chile, France, Germany, and so on. It is very exciting the experience that we were able to live together and learn from our cultures. The hardest part was the farewell with our friends. 

How do you think this experience will influence you as a person and professionally?
I believe that even though we all have different customs and traditions, I was able to learn from each one and respect them. I also became more independent and that helps me a lot in my personal growth. Professionally, I think it helps me because now I know how to get around more easily and work better in a team. 

What advice would you give to those who are about to go on exchange to another country?
Save money before leaving, be aware that it is a completely different but very good experience that will improve you as a person and always be mentally open to new adventures. 

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

Totally, it is an unforgettable experience.