With hundreds of students participating, the University of Almeria's eighth edition of the Study Abroad Summer Courses has already started. After the last year's restrictions and organizational complexity, this year saw 235 students from many countries visit Almeria.
"We are thrilled to have returned to pre-pandemic levels. There are now more than 200 people, which is a substantial number. They also come from many different nationalities. Some countries return because partner universities repeat. This is the case for Mexico, which has a large representation from Germany, France, and Belgium. For the Spanish course we have a lot of diversity in terms of nationalities", said the vice-rector for Internationalization, Julian Cuevas.
They are four-week training courses that provide specialized training and entail recognition. This is what makes them different from other international summer courses. The majority of the courses are taught English. However, due to high demand from students from Mexico they are also available in Spanish," explained the person in charge at the UAL.
It was a unique opportunity to learn more about the research and training at the UAL as well as the culture, heritage and history of Almeria. We also promote Almeria as a province. After the course, they are expected to return home to their families. Julian Cuevas said that we do so much in recruiting students because, once the campus is beautiful and the quality of our teaching staff has been confirmed, many of them can be used as mobility or first-year students."
Participants were greeted upon arrival and provided basic information about the campus. Like every year, the program includes training and visits to companies as well as cultural visits and a gastronomic adventure.
The courses include 'Solar installation in productive environments: Fundamentals, design, and calculation'; and 'Sustainable protected Horticulture: Soilless cultivation systems, hydroponics'.