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COMPULSORY EDUCATION IN ASTURIAS

The standards in Spanish education have greatly improved in the last 20 years through increases in spending and educational reforms. Because the Spanish educational system is quite complex, we will try to explain how it works. In Spain, education is compulsory between 6 and 16 years old. Based upon the Ley Orgánica de Educación or Fundamental Law of…

HIGHER EDUCATION IN ASTURIAS

Upper secondary education After the four years of high school, students have the possibility to do bachillerato and ciclos formativos. Or start working. Bachillerato takes two years and is a preparation for university. There are five possible fields of study: natural sciences, health, social sciences, humanity and art. But these don’t affect the options afterwards.…

HOW TO START A BUSINESS IN ASTURIAS

When moving to Asturias, and Spain in general, finding a job can be quite challenging. Without a decent level of Spanish, the job opportunities are sparse. Therefore, an increasing number of people is starting up their own business. Being self-employed has many benefits, such as more freedom, financial gains and above all the possibility to…

LEARNING SPANISH IN ASTURIAS

When you’re moving to Spain, some basic understanding of Spanish might come in handy. And if you really want to integrate in the society, you will need a decent level of the language. There are plenty of options to learn, going from classes organized by the local governments or the Red Cross to courses in…

HOW TO MEET PEOPLE IN ASTURIAS

Making friends is part of the job description when you move abroad. As a new arrival in Asturias your social network is probably quite limited, but there are lots of opportunities to meet new people. With a bit of effort, persistence, and luck, you’ll be well on your way to creating a social circle in your new home.…

TEACHING ENGLISH IN ASTURIAS

Whether it’s a dream career or just a way to get some money together whilst looking for another job, many Anglophones who come to Asturias will end up teaching English at some point. Because of the global financial crisis, many Spanish are upping their skill set by taking English courses. That means that you will have…

TRANSPORTATION IN ASTURIAS

Whether you’re a tourist or an expatriate, this article might be useful for you. Asturias can be searched out by a variety of means of transport (plane, car, bus, train…). We hope that this guide makes your life easier and helps you to explore the variety of landscapes that make Asturias unique. Aircraft Most expats moving to…

HOW TO FIND A FLAT TO RENT IN ASTURIAS

When you move to Asturias, one of the first things you will need to do is to source some accommodation. Searching for an apartment is always a daunting task, but searching for one in a foreign country adds an additional element of uncertainty. Renting a property in Asturias is a good way to get to know…

BECOMING A RESIDENT IN GIJÓN

If you are planning to move to Gijón and it is going to be your first time living in Spain, most likely you will need to get the NIE. The NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is a Spanish identification number assigned by the Spanish government to any foreigner. Both EU citizens and non-EU citizens get issued a…