Spanish university bueracracy kicks on...

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
Trip End Feb 18, 2007

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

i have been exceedingly slack keeping this thing up recently, mostly because i have been living a windowless box (there was an overlap with my moving in and the guy in my room moving out) which has meant i have been spending as much time as possible out of the house. but i am in my room now, complete with window, light and air...

and the remainder of my time is spent attempting to understand the spanish university system.

its pretty dumb.

uni started, for everyone else in spain, on the 26th september. so we rocked up that day, and tried to enrol. and were promptly informed (well, not particularly promptly actually, we were informed after waiting in the enrollment queue for 45 mins...) that as we are 'the australians' we are not able to enrol until the 15th october... 3 weeks after classes started.

once we got over our initial indignation, we realised this was not so bad, as in order to enrol, we first had to find out which subjects are in spanish (good, and comprising 10%-15% of the classes on offer) and which are in catalan (BAD, and making up the other 90%). and the only way to do this is basically walk in to the classes and ask. so we've spent the 2 1/2 weeks wandering from class to class, trying to find some that are both interesting, intelligable, AND in a language that we understand. not very many.

i'm gonna end up doing a course in south american literature, and hopefully some time this week we will locate the elusive spanish class that we have been seeking. the classes called 'practice in oral and written spanish', 'spanish language', 'spanish 1', 'spanish A1' and 'translation english to spanish' have all been fraudulantly named - not one of them actually sets out to help you improve your language level. but if you are interested in the historical origins of obscure verbs, they have you covered...

totally frustrating.

not entirely unexpected though - the first class i went to was called '20th century art history' but dealt exclusively with architecture...

anyway. i'm sure we'll sort it out eventually, although it is becoming clearer and clearer why the students that were in barcelona last year just never quite got around to enrolling...
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