Former Alumni Ambassador at University of Utah, Forrest, takes us through her top five reasons to study abroad with CEA in Granada, Spain. As if the tapas weren’t enough! Forrest R. is a CEA alumnae. She studied abroad in Granada, Spain in the Spring of 2016. She is currently studying Communications at University of Utah.

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One of the best parts of studying abroad in Europe was being able to travel to a different country every weekend because they are all only a few hour plane ride away! Plus being in such a central location with an amazing international airport like Barcelona, you are given unprecedented access to almost anywhere you could want to go. What I didn’t realize was how hard it was going to be to narrow down where to go each weekend! So I decided to make future study abroad students…

Here are my first thoughts upon arriving in Barcelona. Hopefully after reading this, your questions will be answered! How am I ever going to learn my way around? Barcelona was one of the biggest European cities I had ever been to. When I arrived it was dark and I could not actually see how widely the city expanded. I came to understand that I lived pretty much as far away from the ocean as they could have placed me. But with Barcelona’s amazing transportation systems, it was really…

Almost exactly 4 months ago I was about to come back home to the States and I was NOT excited about it. Just like most people, I loved my study abroad, and I had been gone for almost a full year, I could barely remember what life back home was supposed to be like. I had made wonderful new friends and had a lot of new adventures, I didn’t want to go back to where none of these things were. This is why I decided to be an…

My name is Ana Gilbert and I am CEA’s first On-Site Ambassador in Barcelona for the summer of 2016! In May, I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota with a major in Operations & Supply Chain Management and a minor in Communications. I first got the travel bug when I visited my sister in 2008, who was studying in Florence. I was only in high school, but the trip left a huge impression on me. I loved the vibrant city streets, the loud culture, and…

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In the United States, our connection to the Internet is not even dependent on the actual Internet connection. No Wifi? That’s what data is for, right? Before I studied abroad, I was guilty of taking advantage of my free data (or, if I went over, my fairly cheap data). Of course, I was most appreciative of my campus’s free Wifi that provided me with a steady stream of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and email updates all day long. I didn’t consider myself completely dependent on Wifi, but when you…

As the first Prague On-Site Ambassador, I will share with you my tips for success on landing your perfect internship. In my case, it was having the ability to work at the place I previously studied abroad! 1. Do your research What is the company passionate about? What goal do they want to achieve? What is most important to them? Do they want to spread awareness on ways to help the environment? Do they want to influence how people connect with each other on social media? Is your…

When I began volunteering with local non-profit organizations back home, I realized that giving back to the community inspired me, expanded my horizons, and allowed me to become the well-rounded person that I am today. This is the part of my life that allows me to step outside my comfort zone, better understand my strengths and overcome my weaknesses. For these reasons, I was enthralled to discover all of the volunteer programs that CEA has to offer in Costa Rica. Activities range from volunteering at a veterinary clinic to…

My last semester as a senior, I was drowning in assignments, exams, even worse, that dreadful question of, “What are you going to do after college?” During my college career, I was a business development intern for a yogurt company, photographer for a local food blog, student intern for a casting company in Prague, CEA Senior Alumni Ambassador, and a business development associate for an interpretation company. Out of all of these roles, the defining moment of my college career was studying abroad in Prague. In all vulnerable moments…

  A tropical campus: How does it feel? What does it look like? What can we study? CEA students are always amazed to see the natural beauty of the academic environment here in San Jose, Costa Rica. CEA offers a variety of programs catered to diverse interests and backgrounds of study. Our students come to study psychology, art, history, business, and, most popularly, Spanish. Some of our featured programs include the Medical Spanish & Health Sciences, Intensive Spanish Language, and Liberal Arts & Environmental Sciences. One unique aspect…