Frequently Asked Questions
How much spending money should I bring?
Simply put, bring as much as you can but not cash. Bring a credit/debit card - they work just like at home. Spaniards like to entertain outside of the home, so you will find yourself going to cafes and restaurants often. It is easy to keep the cost of extra food down if you make a conscious effort, but there are many events involving food. Espresso coffee is generally around 1 euro and alcoholic drinks range from 1-6 euros. Travel is another big expense if you want to visit other countries and regions of Spain on the weekends. Another budget item to plan for is clothing and souvenirs. Segovia has a lot of shops, and most items are similarly priced to those in the USA.
What is the best way to travel?
"No-Frills" airlines can be the best option. Ryanair is the least expensive airline in Europe and if you plan your trip in advance, you can find very affordable flights. Most of these budget airlines are known for add-on and last minute fees, so be aware of possible additional costs when booking. Buses are also a good option, and you can travel to a range of places from Segovia. However, if you take a bus from Segovia to Madrid's Moncloa Bus Station, travel to the airport or around the capital is much easier. The high-speed train is more comfortable than the bus, and although it can be more expensive, it goes from Segovia to Madrid in just 25 minutes! For hotels/hostels check out hostelworld.com.
Where do I buy a Spanish phone/how does this work?
Contact your service provider before departure for their recommendations and special offers.
Unlock you phone from its US carrier and buy a SIM card through a local carrier upon arrival
NOTE: WhatsApp can be used with wifi to text and call. Wifi is widely available in Segovia, and WhatsApp is commonly used.
What is it like to stay with a host family?
Host families vary. They range from widowed women with older children to families with younger children. They are incredibly warm and hospitable, but allow you to have your independence. It's very important to communicate with them as much as possible. They are as close to you or as distant as you want. Both families and students are responsible to make the connection happen. Be open, frank and politely talk with your host family, and your experience will be positive. They try very hard to please you and make sure you get the best care, so be honest with them. Also, most students give their host families a small gift from the USA upon arriving and another small gift when leaving. Some ideas are coffee, framed pictures, scarves, books, candles, soaps, chocolates, some handmade item from your state etc.
What are some popular things to do in Segovia?
Popular things in Segovia include relaxing during the day at cafes, going to bars (full of lights, chatter, and children: not like the US bars), clubs, restaurants or cafes at night, shopping in the town or the shopping center just one bus journey away (also with a movie theater). Students also enjoy visiting the various museums that Segovia has to offer, along with taking scenic walks or hikes. Exercising or relaxing at the many parks, taking in views of the cathedral, churches, and castle. Also, for under 10 euros you can take a bus to Madrid to spend the day or long weekend exploring Spain's capital. Check out more activities on www.segoviaturismo.es or www.turismodesegovia.com
(See Cultural Events & Activities tab for more information.)
Are there any Internship or Service Learning opportunities in Segovia?
Volunteering is a very rewarding part of a GEO Segovia program. There are many internships and service learning opportunities to earn credits with over 40 placement organizations available. The first week of each term students discuss their internship objectives with the Site Director Marian Rubio to select the right fit.
(See Internship tab for detailed information.)