Do I use usted in a university setting? (Studying abroad in Spain)

Hi all!

I'm going to be studying abroad in Spain in the Spring semester, and I've been watching a lot of videos/reading about Spain's norms. I've seen that Spaniards don't use usted often. All of my past Spanish courses have heavily encouraged the use of usted, so I found that super surprising!

I read this post from this subreddit but was wondering if someone could give more clarification about the norms, specifically in a Spanish university setting.

From what I've seen, it's mainly used in business contexts or with people "much older than you" to show respect. Since I'll be studying at a university, how will I address my professors or school administration? To me, it seems like it would be a more formal situation, but now I'm unsure!

Also, as a 20 year old, what would constitute as "much older" than me? Would it be someone like 65+, or would that shift down since I'm younger?

If anyone has other interesting/fun/important things to keep in mind while I travel, please let me know! 🙂 Thanks in advance for any responses

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