SPAIN: Burgos

SPAIN STUDENT LIFE

Spain is a privileged country peppered with historic landmarks, natural spaces, entertainment venues, festivals and cafes. Students are encouraged to explore their host city and the rest of Spain.

Housing & meals

Students live at Residencia Universitaria de San Agustin or Residencia Universitaria Camino de Santiago, depending on availability. Residencia de San Agusti­n is located near EDE and downtown Burgos. Residencia Camino de Santiago is located near the University of Burgos. Both residences consist of a study area, lounges, recreational areas, student cafeteria and bedrooms. Most bedrooms are double-occupancy and shared with Spanish and international students. A meal plan (3 meals per day) at the residence cafeteria is included with the program fee.

Homestay in Burgos may be arranged based on interest and availability. Living with a host family is a great way to become better acquainted with Spanish customs and practice your Spanish language. Students are expected to communicate with their family in Spanish, although most have at least one member who speaks a little English. Families are carefully screened by the KEI Onsite Directors. Some families offer partial meals, while others do not.

Getting around town

Burgos is a walkable city and easy to navigate. Buses are the primary mode of public transportation around town. Taxis are available throughout both cities. A taxi can be hailed on the street and at taxi stands, or reserved by phone.

Phones & internet

KEI will provide a prepaid mobile phone handset shortly after arrival in Spain. The KEI Onsite Director will explain how to use the phone. The phone will have a small amount of credit to get you started. Additional minutes can be purchased at numerous convenient stores. Internet is available at EDE and residence hall.

ONSITE DIRECTOR

Ricardo Porres Ortega
ricardo@KEIabroad.org
Burgos, Spain

Ricardo is a native of Burgos and has extensive knowledge of the city. In addition to serving as the KEI Onsite Director, Ricardo is the Director of Escuela de Espanol which hosts 300 international students each year. Prior to opening EDE, he was a lecturer at the University of Burgos for many years. His experience working with international students and his warm personality are an asset to the program. Ricardo works closely with the Onsite Coordinator to help students adapt to life and study in Spain.

ONSITE COORDINATOR

Antonina Vakula
antonina@KEIabroad.org
Burgos, Spain

Hi! I was born in a little mountain village in Ukraine. I always had a strong interest in the United States and Spain. As a teenager and university student, I helped Peace Corps volunteers in Ukraine, studied abroad at Troy University in the USA and coordinated the American Corner center, among other things.

After completing my Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Uzhhorod National University, I pursued my dream of living in Spain. Here I am, ready to help you discover all the beautiful things this country offers and make the most out of your experience. Get ready to shatter your stereotypes and get to know the real Spain with its charm and rich culture. I look forward to seeing you in Burgos.