Best Steps Abroad (BSA) came through during Covid-19 as a blog to inform students about study abroad in Spain. Our Director, Verónica, at that moment, had been working more than 20 years for a US Study Abroad program in Spain. As a consequence of the pandemia, the college closed down its Study Abroad department and programs abroad. The fellow institutions that entrusted their students to her during those years, encouraged her to take a step forward. With BSA program, she pursues her passion of facilitating this study abroad experience to students
The University of Granada CLM.
In addition, BSA works closely with the prestigious Center for Modern Languages of the University of Granada (CLM). Our students not only learn Spanish here. They are also enriched by the Spanish culture, activities and trips that the CLM itself offers. Moreover, our director has been a member of the Academic Comittee of the CLM since 2016. This committee serves as a liason in the communication between the representatives of CLM and of its US universities and program providers.
At Beststepsabroad, aware as we are of the importance of Education and getting to know other cultures, we want to help students maximize their experience abroad on an educational, artistic and social level. Therefore, we will facilitate in an agile and approachable way everything concerning their integration into the culture and customs of Granada.
Our program director
Verónica is originally from the province of Cádiz but as many other students in Spain, she studied at the University of Granada. She has a Bachelors degree in English Philology and found her passion in Education. Afterwards, she spent some time in the US education system as Spanish Language Assistant professor. Finally, she returned to Granada and accepted the position of Program Director for an american institution. She also has a Master of Arts in International cooperation and NGO from the University of Granada. This Master’s gave her the opportunity to travel to places she wouldn´t imagine. Israel and Palestine territories, Perú, Egypt during Arab spring, Morocco… She applies her experience adapting and integrating in these cultures, in her meetings and intercultural sessions with students.
More recently, she obtained another Master´s degree in Marketing online and social media strategies. also from the University of Granada. Returning to the university after 20 years was a reality check and a learning experience for her. As result, she developed this web site and its social networks to let the world know about her interest to study abroad.
But her truly passion is Lola (formerly called Musa). Verónica rescued her from a dog shelter, and the crush was immediate. As soon as she was able to come to the office, she became the program’s pet. Some students get very attached to her, and she is good for us for therapy. She arrived to the program as a gift!
After helping around 1.500 students to integrate and adapt to the culture of Granada and Spain, we can certainly say that we are not new on this field. And we hope to continue providing students with one of the best life experiences they could have through Education. A basic principle of the human being and fundamental for a personal development.