People and Culture in Spain

Astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling, Spain is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with an incredible heritage that quickly becomes addictive.


#CISAlumniTip: Debora Castro, Intern in Barcelona, Summer 2015. 

“Do your best to fully immerse yourself in the culture and take advantage of the opportunities abroad. This is your chance to experience many new things: new people, new food, new places, new traditions, new languages, new everything! Even if you feel physically or emotionally tired, get out there, leave your fear at home, and bring a positive attitude. Don’t take anything for granted. Even the most seemingly insignificant experience will become a highly valuable memory in the future.”

25 Reasons You Should be in Spain Right Now

Remember how your parents used to tell you to keep your elbows off the table during meals? Or that it’s rude to slurp your soup? Well there’s good news guys, these American cultures and customs don’t always translate to other countries! While the local people you meet won’t expect you to be fluent in their language, culture, and customs, it is important to familiarize yourself with them.

Do you know how kissing, snoring and other things sound in other languages? That’s right, even sound effects can be translated!

See what Huffington Post has to say about common Spanish stereotypes

The most important thing to remember while you’re abroad is that things will be different. But, different doesn’t mean wrong. Be open, be curious, and read more about the culture you will be stepping into. Get excited about LIVING the life you’ve only dreamt and read about until now!


#CISabroadtip: Do some more research into the Spanish customs you’ll experience while abroad.