Madrid native Martina Corral is in her third year of the Dual Degree in Laws and International Relations at IE University. As part of her five-year program, Martina had the opportunity to participate in IE University’s international exchange program, which took her across the world to Argentina. Martina recently shared the details of her experience in Buenos Aires and where she hopes to go with her future.

I have always been very interested in how the world works, and when I was looking for a program to study, I knew I wanted to do something internationally oriented. The Dual Degree in Laws and International Relations seemed like the perfect fit for my personal and professional goals. 

The quality of education at IE University is a large factor in why I chose my dual degree program. So far I’ve really enjoyed courses from both fields, specifically Commercial Law, Administrative Law and Topics in Foreign Policy. The professors in my program are professionals in their respective fields, which means we are learning the most up-to-date tools and techniques. 

The international environment, professional tools, opportunities and advice offered throughout my studies are among the other things I like most about studying at IE University. One such opportunity was to take part in the international exchange program, which turned out to be a life-changing experience for me. I left Madrid to study at Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Tell us about your time during the exchange program in Argentina.

Buenos Aires is the perfect city to live in as a university student—it’s chaotic and driven by young people and cultural events. One thing I enjoyed about being in Buenos Aires was that there was never a moment to feel bored. I was able to take part in social movements, intellectual discussions and political conversations both inside and outside the classroom.

My time during the exchange has been without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life. The people I met during my studies made the experience even more enriching. I also enjoyed living alone in a bustling city like Buenos Aires. 

How did IE University facilitate this experience?

IE University’s professional connections with institutions across the globe allow students to choose from a wide variety of international experiences. I was able to look at different programs to find one that fit my professional goals. 

The international mobility office was a helpful addition to the entire process. I felt incredibly supported from finding the program all the way through to being in Buenos Aires. 

Do you have any advice for future students who are interested in studying in Buenos Aires?

I would recommend Argentina without hesitation. The locals will welcome you with open arms and making friends is easy. I would suggest trying to meet local people because it will help make your experience that much more authentic. I would also remind you to always remain curious and listen to the stories people tell and the different perspectives people bring—everyone is willing to share their views on almost anything, which is an opportunity for you to learn something new.