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Is it worth learning Spanish?

A month ago, one of the students told me **“I speak English, why should I learn Spanish?”** My answer was: if you want to discover new places and meet interesting people, if you are in favor of integration and cultural understanding in a global world, and if you want to get promoted… then you should learn Spanish. And then I mentioned, the story of Fernanda, a recent graduate who is now working in an international company based in London, this is her testimonial: >“Languages have always been a struggle in my life. Speaking English at school, switching to Spanish at home, any child would be confused. **It was not until I went to university that I appreciated what a privilege it is to understand a variety of people.** Travelling to different parts of the world, I felt so lucky to be able to speak English to everyone. However, **I never realized how fortunate I was to also be able to communicate in Spanish.** My bilingual nature expanded my horizons to be able to take part in internships in Latin America, study in Switzerland, work in a bilingual job in Miami, and finally, get a job in London as a European events representative due to my knowledge of Spanish. **We are creating an international world where languages have taken a dominant role for our future. If you want to open your horizons to global opportunities start with the most powerful tool of all: communication.** Fernanda Baraybar – Frontier Frontier is a company that offers Schiller International University students internships. #### Is it worth learning another language? Los idiomas siempre fueron un gran problema en mi vida. Hablando ingles en el colegio, cambiando a español al llegar a la casa, cualquier niño se confundiría. No fue hasta que llegue a la universidad que comencé a apreciar el privilegio que tengo de poder entender a una variedad de personas. Cuando comencé a viajar a distintas partes del mundo me sentía tan afortunada de poder hablar inglés con todo el mundo. Sin embargo, nunca me di cuenta de lo afortunada que era de poder comunicarme también en español. Mi naturaleza bilingüe me abrió las puertas a hacer prácticas en América Latina, estudiar en Suiza, trabajar en una posición bilingüe en Miami y finalmente ejercer en una posición internacional en Londres como coordinadora de eventos europeos gracias a mi conocimiento del español. Nosotros estamos creando un mundo internacional donde los idiomas han tomado un rol importante en nuestras vidas. Si quieres de verdad abrir tus puertas a una oportunidad mundial comienza con tener la herramienta más importante de todas: la comunicación”. Fernanda Baraybar – Frontier

4 Advantages of Smaller Universities

The choice between **large universities vs small universities** is an important consideration to factor into your final list of the universities you will apply to. **Understanding the difference will directly impact your expectation as well as overall experience as a first year student.** Both large and small universities have advantages. In this article we will talk about 4 advantages a small university offers: ### Small classes = higher student to faculty ratio. Small universities often have less than 20 students per class unlike larger universities that can easily have several hundred students per class. What this means for you, is the opportunity for **greater interaction with your professor and fellow classmates.** We are often detracted from asking questions in larger settings because we are embarrassed to do so in front of so many people. If we miss something, it is often harder to get the professor to go over the information with us again. ### Student-committed professors. In larger universities, professors often have the pressure to publish often. This means that aside from teaching larger classes, they must also take the necessary time to conduct research. This in turn could mean they will have less time for students. Often, professors end up relying on TA´s to teach a portion of the class. At small universities, **the student is the priority, which means that the professor will have more time to prepare for classes, which means the material will be engaging, and the professor will have more time to dedicate to each student.** ### Less red-tape! At small universities there is often less bureaucracy and to some degree less automation. This means you will not have to figure things out on your own but will likely have easy access to a registrar who will help you map out your next few years. This also applies to all the university services. It will be easier for you to have quick and easy access to departments like Financial Aid, Student Services, Career Services, etc. ### You are more than just one more. At larger universities students can feel overwhelmed. More often than not students come from a smaller classroom setting to larger auditorium type classrooms, making it harder for them to find their place. **Small universities allow you to transition into a smaller setting of similar size** or a bit larger but still allowing you to feel included. If you attend an international school, a private school, you are probably used to having smaller class sizes and a very diverse student body. Entering a large university can be a culture shock to many which can provoke additional stress to an already stressful situation. The best recommendation we can give is that you **evaluate your learning preferences with regards to class sizes as well as bureaucratic preferences before making a decision.** A large university and a small university have different audiences, they are not meant to cater to everyone. Pick the one that will bring out the best in you and will give you the best opportunities to succeed.

Matrícula DELE 2016

Instrucciones de Matrícula DELE 2016

Convocatoria de exámenes:

I) 21 de mayo

Niveles: B1, B2, C1 y C2
Matrícula: Del 15 de febrero al 13 de abril

II) 26 de noviembre

Niveles: A2, B1, B2, C1 y C2
Matrícula: Del 15 de febrero al 19 de octubre
Instrucciones de Pago Información bancaria : IBAN: ES15 2100 4380 2102 0006 5490 Código Swift/BIC: CAIXESBBXXX Cuenta Nº: 2100 4380 2102 0006 5490 Nombre de la Cuenta : Schiller International University Banco: La Caixa Dirección: Glorieta Ruiz Gimenez, 3, 28015 Madrid, Spain Pago directo Se puede pagar directamente en cualquier sucursal de La Caixa. Hay que incluir toda la información bancaria junto con el nombre al efectuar los pagos.

Inspiring Talks by Maria Benjumea

About Maria Benjumea:

My biggest investment (gamble) is in the development of people. I am my own startup.

Maria Benjumea is one of the most important figures in Spain, the business world, and entrepreneurship. After graduating with a Geography and History degree, she went on to open her first company in 1980: an antiques shop that served as an art gallery that also offered restoration and conservation services to its clientele. Always ready to meet new challenges, at age 40, she decided to take a chance on a new idea: creating Infoempleo, a pioneering service in internet job search.

Infoempleo started in 1994 and was her first major success: it became the first job portal in Spain who opted for the concept of “professional network” as a framework for career management and talent. More than four million people are part of this system of intermediation with companies, serving both unemployed, as well working professionals seeking new opportunities.

María Benjumea remains president and shareholder of Infoempleo, however for the last two years the Vocento group has taken over the management of the company. Giving her the opportunity to invest in her latest project Spain Startup & Investor Summit. Last October they held in Madrid the second edition of Spain Startup & Investor Summit, where highly innovative Spanish companies were present seeking to find investors from different parts of Europe and Silicon Valley.