English question

Which of the following statements is correct:

I was in Spain as a student between 2000 and 2003. After finishing the first degree. I was planning to study another course but because of some urgent family matters I had to leave the country and return home.

or

I have been in Spain as student between 2000 and 2003. After finishing the first degree. I was planning to study another course but because of some urgent family matters I had to leave the country and return home.


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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
I was in Spain as a student between 2000 and 2003. After finishing the first degree, I was planning to study another course, but because of some urgent family matters I had to leave the country and return home.

Only problem there is the second sentence is a but long, so might be better to break it into two:

I was in Spain as a student between 2000 and 2003. After finishing the first degree, I was planning to study another course. Unfortunatly,  due to some urgent family matters I had to leave the country and return home.

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Rgonzo1971Commented:
Hi,

Unfortunatly should be Unfortunately

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