International students: Welcome to a unique experience in your life! On this page we will briefly explain what it means to live in Europe, Spain, and Zaragoza where our headquarters are located.
Welcome to the European Union
The European Union (EU) in a unique economic and political association in the world, made up of a collection of countries which together cover a large part of the continent.
The EU has made possible more than half a century of peace, stability, and prosperity, has contributed to the increased standard-of-living, and created the universal European currency: The Euro. In 2012 the EU received the Nobel Peace prize for its contribution to the advancement of peace, reconciliation, democracy, and human rights in Europe.
One of the primary objectives of the EU is to promote human rights, both within its own borders and in the rest of the world. Human dignity, Liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights are its founding principles. Since the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights brings together all of those rights into one universal document.
Tourism in Europe
Europe is currently the world leader in international tourism and receives more than half of its visitors from outside the European union (more than 600 million visitors each year). In Europe you can find some of the most beautiful cities in the world: Paris, London, Berlin, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Antwerp, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Venice, …
Welcome to Spain
In 2015, the World Economic Forum declared Spain most competitive country in the world in the tourism industry according to the Tourism and Travel Competitiveness Report of 2015, a report comparing 141 countries. Our cultural resources, tourism infrastructure, and the wide range and quality of touristic offerings are some of the primary reasons for this.
From Zaragoza it is possible to travel to some of the primary Spanish cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia) connected by major transport routes, among which you could use the high-speed train.
Each year, Spain receives about 70 million international tourists, attracted by some of the most impressive natural parks in Europe, countless beaches which boast the highest number of ‘Blue Flag’ distinctions (a worldwide prize for quality beaches and ports), and impressive cultural offerings.
Welcome to Zaragoza
Zaragoza is the fifth most populous city in Spain, with more than 650,000 inhabitants and the historical capital of the Autonomous Community of Aragón. The city is located in the north-east of Spain, in a strategic location which unites Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, and Valencia.
Zaragoza is a modern, comfortable, and safe city to live in and visit, and has efficient and sustainable methods of transport (more than 120 kilometres of bike lanes, a modern urban tram system, and a large network of urban busses).
Zaragoza has interesting cultural attractions as well. In Zaragoza you will find the second-largest pedestrian plaza in Europe (behind the Red Square in Moscow), the Plaza de las Catedrales, where the ‘Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar’ and the ‘La Seo’ Cathedral are located.
The Aljaferia Palace, the current headquarters of the Aragonese Courts and one of the most important monuments of Spanish-Muslim architecture from the 11th Century, is another of the spectacular examples of the rich historical-monumental patrimony of the city of Zaragoza which brings together jewels of civil and religious architecture, and a great number of museums.
As a result of the International Exposition of Zaragoza in 2008, the city modernized its infrastructure and methods of transport, and also contains new spaces for leisure and entertainment such as the ‘Parque del Agua Luis Buñuel’, an enormous 120 hectare (nearly 300 acre) green space and metropolitan recreational area.
Shopping opportunities in the city are also of interest, including various shopping malls, such as ‘Puerto Venecia’ which has one of the most modern special designs in Europe.
To summarize, Zaragoza is a city of unique opportunities in which you can develop academically while at the same time enjoying a unique and unforgettable experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life once you return to your own country.