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Phrases for your first days in University


When you arrive to a foreign university, doing an Erasmus, an exchange or for studying all the career there, it is normal to feel lost. However, in Practice Spanish we have selected some phrases that can help you to unfold the first weeks.

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When you arrive to your new university the first thing you should do is formalize your tuition by choosing your subjects, visiting your counselor, obtaining your schedule, etc. The next phrases will help you with this:

¿Dónde están las oficinas generales?” (Where are the headquarters?)

Quisiera hacer un cambio en mi matrícula” (I would like to make a change in my tuition)

¿Puedo convalidar alguna asignatura?” (Can I validate this subject?)

Both your counselor and campus staff will help you to orient. Besides directions, is interesting for you to know the rules of other aspects:

¿Podría decirme dónde está mi edificio?” (Could you tell me where is my building?)

¿Dónde puedo encontrar mi clase?” (Where I can find my class?)

¿Dónde puedo conseguir material universitario?” (Where I can get college item?)

¿Cuánto tiempo puedo quedarme con este libro?” (How long can I keep this book?)

¿Cuándo cierra la residencia?” (When you close the residence?)

For another hand, it can be difficult to understand the professor’s explanation if most classes are oral and in the mother language. When that happens, do not be afraid of asking so important things, like:

¿Qué tareas tengo para la semana?” (What homework I have for the week?)

¿Cuándo es el examen?” (When is the exam?)

¿Este tema entra en el examen?” (Does this theme enter in the test?)

¿A qué hora es el seminario?” (What time is the seminar?)

¿Qué bibliografía me recomienda para completar mis apuntes?” (What bibliography you recommend me to complete my notes?)

And sometimes you even will want to apologize

Siento llegar tarde” (I’m sorry to be late)

It is also advisable to socialize with your spanish colleagues, not only in your class, but in the entire university, because it is more likely to know students from differents degrees and they will be your best guides around the city too. You can ask them the same questions as your professor, but in order to make good friends, this phrases are the best choice:

Hola, ¿cómo estás?” (Hi, how are you?)

Estudio *nombre de la carrera” (I study *name of the degree/career)

¿Te gustaría trabajar conmigo?” (Would you like to work with me?)

Me encantaría recorrer la ciudad” (Im would like to see the city)

Specially, be polite. A “Gracias por su ayuda, señor” (Thank you for the help, sir) will always be welcomed

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