On Monday I went to Secretaría in order to matriculate. Of course it would have been very weird if it had been easy-peasy. I went there with my filled-in matriculation form and my ID. I thought it was sufficient. Nope, it wasn’t.
I was told that I needed to have NUSS (which is kind of British NIN) and was given the address I should have gone to apply for it. I wanted to make short work of the matriculation and went to the given address straight away. After 20min-walk I finally arrived there and was referred to the other place because I study science. Okay, so I continued my ‘journey’ and reached the building with the thought of having reached my final destination. Nope, it wasn’t. The first question I was asked at the counter was if I had NIE. Oops… Well, it was the last straw. To be honest, my irritation wasn’t caused much by losing the time running from one place to the other and waiting in the queue. What frustrated me most was the question I was asking myself, ‘Why no-one had told me earlier what I should have done before matriculation?’.
I didn’t have any other choice but start applying for the documents. So on Wednesday, as soon as my Spanish morning classes finished, I went straight away to Comisaría (main police station in the town). Having arrived there in half an hour I sat down and waited almost an hour to be attended to. Luckily, I obtained my NIE in instant after paying 10E fee. Unfortunately, I arrived to my next class 10 mins late. In Edinburgh nothing happens when you arrive to a class late. Here, on the contrary, the slightest delay is inappropriate. The teacher gave me an angry glare. It wasn’t nice but what could I do?
Having obtained NIE, I visited Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social to get NUSS (the following day of course. The opening hours of offices are 9-13). Surprisingly, it didn’t take more than 5 minutes to have it generated. The same day I went to Secretaría and officially became USAL’s (Universidad de Salamanca) student. The day after I went to International Office to pick up my Student’s Card, to my Coordinator to get her signature on my Learning Agreement and later to Santander Bank to open a student’s bank account which is entirely for free.
I’m so relieved that all paperwork has been done!!! And I don’t have a cold anymore.
Last week started Spanish course organized by Cursos Internacionales of USAL. I’m in ‘Superior level’ group and I have to admit I’m satisfied with the way the classes are delivered. The only disadvantage is that I need to get up about 8 a.m. to get ready for my 9 a.m. class.
Two final miscellaneous news:
1. I’m going to Portugal with Erasmus students in 2 weeks. The 4-day-trip has been organized by Erasmus Student Network (Facebook. Connecting people). I can’t wait!
2. I’ve found beans and tomato sauce in Día (chain of Spanish supermarkets). And guess what. I had beans’n’toast for my breakfast one day. It felt like Scotland!
Until next week!