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Erasmus+ Journal (Issue 3) 2014/15

Victoria Neubauer, University of Huelva, Spain, Mobility for Study, PHST


Contact person Huelva: Isabel Leandro

I got many mails about the courses and administration from Isabel. Sometimes it was a bit confusing, because she sent mail, from first as well as from the second semester, to all Erasmus students. But if I had any questions she answered pretty soon. I think she is a nice person.

Contact: University of Huelva

Departamento de Educación- Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación - Campus de «El Carmen»

Avda. Fuerzas Armadas, s/n. 21071 Huelva

Teléfono: +34 959 219245

Fax: +34 959 219224


University of Huelva

The University of Huelva is a very big Campus with 12.000 students and lots of studies. It gained its independence from Seville University in 1993 and continued to grow.

In Huelva there are three universities:

“Campus el Carmen”: It is the biggest and newest campus. There you can find the Faculties of Experimental Sciences, Law, Humanities, Education Sciences, Labor Sciences, the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work.

“La Merced“: It is the Faculty of Business Science in the city center of Huelva.

“La Rabida”: It is the Polytechnic and located on a hill in the western part of Huelva.


Find courses

Spanish A1

Geography of Spain

Criminal Cases

English for Tourism 2



I do not know that much about the courses and I do not know yet, if I will attend all of them. At the moment it is not clear which of these courses will be taught in the next semester. I do not have my teacher practicum in my learning agreement, because it has no course number.

I wanted to chance some courses before I left Austria, but Heiko Vogl told me, that I should wait and chance them in Spain, because the courses are not confirmed up to this day. 



I found all the information about the registration on the platform of the university. There is an extra link for Erasmus + incomings with all the instructions I needed. http://uhu.es/english/erasmusplusincoming/


Say goodbye

I am really looking forward to my journey to Spain because it is my dream to study abroad. But sometimes I have mixed feelings. How will it be? Was it the right decision? Will I be happy in Spain? What about my boyfriend? Lots of questions are in my head. I spoke with my family and my friends and I really need to thank them because they supported me all the time and told me, that it will be the journey of my life. And that is what I believe now. So there is no more to say than: Hasta la vista! 


The first time in Huelva

Bianca and I decided to stay in the hostel “Albergue Inturjoven” for the first days. It is a cheap accommodation where I had my first contact with other Erasmus students from foreign countries. We went to the city center to eat Spanish food, for example paella and patatas bravas, and to see what the city is like. Everything is so new and exciting! We discovered places like Plaza la Merced, Plaza de las Monjas and the port. There are thousands of palm and orange trees in the center which looks great!

Time passes bye slower than in Austria. Everybody seems to be relaxed and happy, behaves friendly and tries to help us - in Spanish language of course. Spanish people talk with their whole body, so we were able to understand most of the things they told us.

Every day new students arrive in the hostel. Most of them speak English, beside some students from Italy, they speak Italian and Spanish. It is quite difficulty and demanding to speak the whole day in a foreign language, but it is also a lot of fun. You get to know several people from different countries and you find equalities and differences all over the world. 


Teacher practicum

My fist impression of the school El Punto was: “It is amazingly big!” In Austria I am used to small primary schools with a few teachers and maybe  4-8 classes with around 16-26 children in each class. This school next to the city Huelva has 13 primary school classes and 28 teachers. That is really a lot in my opinion! Also the kindergarten is included in the school building complex with 5 additional classes.

Some schools in Spain have a school uniform. In Bellavista it is not obligatory to wear such a uniform, but if the children want to, they are allowed to. The primary school in Austria lasts four years, form the age of 6 until the age of 10. In Spain there is another system for primary school education. The primary school lasts six years from the age of 6 until the age of 12. It was really interesting for me to work with children of various ages and to see the progress they do from year to year. 

In my opinion the teaching methodology is different to what we practice in Austria. In Spain there is more traditional frontal teaching methodology. In my home country we try to make the children work more my themselves. The teacher should stay in the background, he is supposed to support the children if they need some help. I can see that there is also a new way of thinking coming up in Spain, but like it was in Austria it will take lots of years until this new style of teaching will reach the public schools.

During our practicum days we were allowed to visit five teachers: Ramón, Fernando, Juani, Teresa and Juana. We got the timetable from all these teachers and we could decide ourselves where to go and which subject to attend. I loved it, because we were able to see many different teaching situations in various classes. We were also free to decide the days when to do our practicum. So we had the opportunity to see a lot of subjects and to join many teachers.


University courses

Spanish B1

Before we were able to sign in for a Spanish course we had to check our Spanish skills. Therefore we had to do an online language test and to upload our results on our platforms.

I had Spanish two times a week from 19 to 20.30 o´clock. The course was well structured and I really learned a lot. Our teacher was very nice and tried to speak Spanish with us all the time, although it was not always easy. To become a grate we had to pass an oral and written exam at the end of the semester.


Geography of Spain

Only Erasmus students participated at this course. We learned facts about the Spanish climate, population, provinces and culture. Our teacher Alfonso Miguel Doctor !!!!___ tried to discuss many interesting things about his country with us. The only problem was the communication. He had no high English level and that is the reason why it was hard to understand him sometimes. We had to do some homework and attend in most of his classes to get a grate.  


Didáctica de la lengua extranjera

This course was actually for kindergarten students, but we were allowed to participate. In this course we learned how to teach English to very young learners. We sang songs, like the “ABC song” and read stories, for example “The little engine that could”.  Here we had to do a presentation, a reading exam and to pass a final exam to get a grate.


Motivation and Emotional Intelligence in Physical Education

Also this course was full of Erasmus students, mostly future teachers. We had some theoretical classes where we discussed what emotional intelligence means and some practical classes, in which we did sports activities and games. It was really a lot of fun! To get a grate we had to do some presentations, to create some games and to write a final review about what we had learned in this course. 


Spanish culture

“Tranquila!” – “calm down!” This is the Spanish way of life in just one word. At the beginning, when I arrived, it was very strange and I needed time to calm down. Everything takes longer, for example going to the supermarket, getting money from the cash machine, waiting for the bus…

And do not forget the “Siesta”! Most of the stores are closed from 15 to 18 o´clock. It happened a few times that I was standing in front of closed shop doors and I wondered why.

Generally you can say that everything is later than in Austria. Spanish people wake up much later, have their lunch at 15 o´clock, dinner at 22 o´clock and I do not know what time they go to bed.

This way of life is very strange for me. 



Huelva is the perfect place to start trips all over Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Huelva is located close to Seville, on the biggest and most famous cities of southern Spain. The cultural heritage is extraordinary and also the landscape is like a wonderland. By bus you can reach almost all the other arias in Andalucia and it is more or less cheap. Another common opportunity to travel through the country is going by “blalbacar”, a very cheap lift ordered by internet.


Erasmus Family

Erasmus students stick together - like a big family abroad. One helps another in every situation of life. Erasmus students can count on each other, which has a calming effect. It is reassuring to know that you are never alone in Huelva. 

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