International Officer Cristina Traid was in London last week where she participated in an international congress with the theme of ‘Intercultural Education: Global Citizenship in Changing World Scenarios’ which took place at Regent’s University. Representatives from universities from over 25 countries from around the world participated in workshops and seminars to share best practice in international education and network with like-minded professionals.


Fourth Year Translation and Intercultural Communication student Sonia Herrero is currently at Vilnius Universitetas in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, and has found time to write a blog about her Erasmus+ experience:


Sports Sciences student Alejandro Bosque is coming to the end of his Erasmus+ exchange in Austria where he is studying at Fachhochschule Kusfstein Tirol and is happy to recommend the university as an Erasmus+ destination:

"I have had the chance to improve my English a lot while following a serious and intense academic program. If you are looking for a calm Erasmus experience in a small city surrounded by mountains, forests and lakes in the middle of Austrian Tirol, Kufstein is your destination!"


Intercultural understanding is an important key skill for any professional in the contemporary world but it is an essential tool for any healthcare professional. Our Nursing students have this week had the opportunity to listen to representatives from different communities discuss the issues around how illness and death are treated within their own cultures.


Our colleague Óscar Díaz spent last week at Regent's University London​  through the Erasmus+ training programme where he participated in the International Week organised by the university for enhancing international experience and promoting the internationalization of students. Óscar was joined by other 50 members of university staff and lecturers from a total 16 different countries from around the world.


USJ Physiotherapy lecturer Beatriz Herrero is currently on a three month residence at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the UK where she is carrying out research for her PhD studies.

Beatriz is working on a pilot study on patients with bronchiectasis to find out feasibility for a full scale study here in Zaragoza. At the same time she is learning to undertake the biochemical analysis of sputum samples.


Nine postgraduate students from the Dominican Republic are currently spending two weeks at San Jorge participating in the classroom sessions of the blended learning version of our Masters in Research for Health Sciences.

All of the students have won scholarships from the Dominican Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology which have allowed them to study the programme, combining eight months of online study, two weeks in Zaragoza and the preparation and presentation of their Masters project.


A group of French students who will be commencing our undergraduate programme in Physiotherapy in September are currently at San Jorge participating in our Spanish Language and Culture Summer School.

The objective of the intensive programme is to prepare the students linguistically for their university studies and also introduce them to everyday life in Zaragoza, their home for the next four years. Welcome to Spain!


Last week 15 language experts from universities all over Spain have attended a course at San Jorge organised by the ILM coordinator for language testing, Lindsey Bruton. The 20-hour course was devoted to item writing for B1 and B2 level exams and the statistical analysis of results and was led by Caroline Shackleton, English lecturer at the University of Granada and expert in language testing


A series of informal meetings with our UK partner universities to discuss joint activities and new initiatives concluded last week with the visit of Dr. Kate Lillie, Director of Internationalisation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Keele University.