Today was University orientation, so we all went to one of the campuses that we’ll attend named Sant Pau campus. This was an old hospital, which became a school for medical studies and now it is grad studies and international students. It is a beautiful building. It’s been dreary all day, raining on and off so in a way, it was good to be inside for most of the day. The orientation went over everything, a fairly standard orientation. However there were two interesting things. They didn’t give us our rooms and schedule. They gave us what classes we are in and the group, then we had to go look on a paper, all 130 of us and find our tiny name on a piece of paper to see what times and where the class will take place. Second, the grading system is on a scale of 1-10, 10 being “absolutely unattainable” he said that getting a 7 or higher is something that Spanish students are very happy with. In Spain, getting a 10 at the public university automatically voids your tuition fee for the following semester. A year of schooling at a public university also only costs 1000ish Euros. Things are just very different.