For personal reasons, I’d like to move to Spain in the distant future. Living in Texas bores me so I want to get out and see the world. Currently I am 17, and have looked into living abroad permanently for the past couple of months. Spain first caught my eye for a plethora of reasons; its location in Europe which allows for traveling across the continent and to North Africa, my intermediate level of knowledge about the Spanish language, and Spain’s carefree lifestyle. Since I know some Spanish, I won’t be going in blindfolded because I’d be able to communicate efficiently with the local population. Being my last year of high school I have the luxury to take it easy and prepare for a cross-continental move. I need to establish funds to move and start a new life, further develop a skill set that will enable me to get a job, and improve my Spanish. I need assistance regarding quite a few issues:
How are American expatriates treated in Spain?
As a native English speaker is there a demand for us?
How long does residency, or citizenship take for an American? I assume it is easier if you are an EU citizen.
How much is the cost of living in Spain to live comfortably as a single male?
What is the process of acquiring citizenship? Can you explain it to me in detail?
Should I go to University in the states and put off moving for another 4 years? Is a bachelor degree from a top U.S. public school valuable in Spain?
Culturally, what are some things I must adapt to?
How is the party scene, and how is the issue of Marijuana treated?