Traveling opens the mind to new experiences and opportunities, especially when working abroad. Last summer was my very first time ever being in Europe, therefore there were many adjustments and challenges to endure. Being an intern in a foreign country, I had to adjust to a new working environment, speak a new language, and get accustomed to a new lifestyle and co-workers. During this time, my expectations were not met, and I had to face reality and work to adjust to my new environment. I learned that Spanish…

Socializing in a Foreign City Study abroad is an incredibly unique experience where you have the chance to forge friendships around the globe. However, amidst the awe and joy of going global, it is a common concern to wonder how you will be able to socialize and build bonds in foreign territory, especially accompanied by a hefty language barrier. Have no fear because I’ve been there! After a phenomenal semester abroad, I returned to Prague as an Onsite Ambassador to put into practice some things I wish I…

Studying abroad is the adventure of a lifetime, and it’s easy to get distracted by all the excitement and forget a few things while you’re packing. I know I did. There were also important things I happened to bring that other students didn’t even consider. Students in my program and I all ended up spending money we didn’t have on things we should have brought with us. We made a lot of mistakes that way, but the beauty of mistakes is you can learn from them and help…

Hotel de Ville after 2016 Pulse Shooting

Talking about the LGBTQ community can be controversial and sparks strong opinions. LGBTQ individuals may feel unsafe and uncomfortable with expressing their sexual or gender identity, especially in environments unfriendly to the LGBTQ community or in unfamiliar territories. Being part of the LGBTQ community myself, I have experienced both positive and negative reactions. However, out of all the cities I have been to all over the world, Paris has been the most LGBTQ friendly thus far. Here’s why: France is Recognized as one of the most Gay-Friendly Countries…

If you are the type to explore the outdoors, seek adventure and looking to change your scenery, the French Riviera will give you the fix that you are looking for! Here are some tips and facts about some outdoor activities in a place where I called home, Antibes, France. Snorkeling Under the crystal blue waters of Cote d’Azur, you will find similar fish, coral and other sea creatures from the Caribbean. Except: there are no sharks to be careful of while snorkeling off the shores of Antibes! The…

There’s no doubt that when you study abroad you’re going to want to do some traveling. As much as you love your host city, there’s so many other places to see and visit. Going on a small trip does take some planning, but it’s definitely manageable and can easily be in your budget. Here’s how to organize a successful mini-trip while abroad: Select Your Destination There are so many beautiful and fascinating places to visit. Get inspired by looking on Pinterest, go to your dream country, or take…

CEA surpassed all of my dreams of what a study abroad program could be. From amazing teachers who want to give you their worldly knowledge to tapas classes taught by some of the best chefs in Barcelona, CEA really had it all. One of my favorite parts of CEA was the AICAP program. Academic Integrated Cultural Activities Programs, helps you connect your experiences outside the classroom with the content you learn in class. For a small deposit, CEA students are given the option to attend additional trips, whether…

When studying abroad in Barcelona, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with the land of endless sunshine and adventure.  With its incredible food scene, close proximity to the beach, vibrant culture and nightlife, it is very easy to get swept up in the excitement.  For those of us traveling on a college budget, these expenses can quickly pile up.  Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the thriving atmosphere of Barcelona without breaking the bank! Take advantage of Barcelona’s beautiful outdoor spaces There are…

CEA interviewed an Aix-en-Provence alumnae to get a sense of how study or internship abroad programs impact the career success, personal and professional development of post-international education students. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 below. There is no day-to-day & its exciting CEA: What are you doing now, and what is your typical routine at GoAbroad? Any other fun positions you had prior to this? These days I’m the Content and Digital Media Manager/Editor at GoAbroad. Before my full time position with GoAbroad, I did a little…

CEA interviewed an Aix-en-Provence alumnae to get a sense of how study or internship abroad programs impact the career success, personal and professional development of post-international education students. Read Part 1 below.  First, I want to give you a little insight into my background, and how studying abroad was the perfect storm to set my career on track. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. It’s an actually-kind-of-big city right on the border of the U.S. and Mexico—just across the river from Ciudad Juarez. I think…