First time in Barcelona? Between the beautiful architecture sprawled throughout the city, delicious tapas, fantastic shopping, stunning beaches, and amazing nightlife, the city provides a myriad of destinations to go explore. However, while packing your cutest outfits from back home, it is important to remember that you will be in a different country with a unique culture and fashion trends that you should be aware of. The culture shock is real, so here is a brief list to help you to understand what cultural differences to anticipate in your…

It was high school Spanish class that really made me intrigued with Spain and the rich culture it has to offer. We would learn so much about the country, its deep history and how diverse the language and people are. I knew one day that I would find my way to visit this wonderful country. My high school Spanish teacher, Senora DiMaggio is from Spain so hearing about her experiences and stories made me place it on the top of my list of places to visit. Spanish was…

As a student in the communications major who speaks fluent Spanish, I found myself learning a completely new way of communicating in Barcelona. I had the opportunity to visit most of Europe besides Spain. So I thought to myself: why not Barcelona? I thought adapting would not be difficult and everyone around me was utilizing fact that I speak Spanish. Well, Barcelona is a little bit more different than expected, even their Spanish. Heading to Spain, I knew that the Spanish spoken was a little different to how it’s spoken…

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As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, CEA is gathering two decades worth of interviews and insights from alumni. We talked with CEA Alumni Ambassador Karime Diaz about her hopes, concerns and favorite parts about studying in Barcelona in Summer 2017. Before she even reached Barcelona, Karime was excited for the new opportunities that studying abroad with CEA was going to present to her. Karime: The thing that I was most looking forward to was experiencing a new environment and culture and living completely on my own in a different…

Here is a short clip of what life is like at CEA in Barcelona. As you can see the classrooms and class sizes are pretty small. Allowing  you to connect with your professors and classmates a little more than the large classes at your home university. It also allows you to do some more in-depth projects like the one in this video, which was a “Shark Tank” project where everyone got a partner and presented a new idea asking the class for start up money. Things like this don’t…

As I wrap my final days abroad I can’t help but reflect on all the amazing times I have had in Barcelona, and Traveling Europe. I have made so many great friends that hopefully I will stay in touch with for years to come. One of my favorite things about coming abroad was meeting people from all over the U.S. I am from a really small town so it was interesting to meet people from other backroads and see the differences and similarities in us all. I stated…

As my final days in Barcelona approach, I have begun to look back on my time here and reflect on it all. It seems impossible that it has already been almost four months. I feel like I just got here, and yet I also cannot believe how much has happened. While trying to cram in all my favorite things one more time and study for finals in the next week or so, I am also taking the time to think about all the things I have learned, how…

When first arriving in Barcelona, even very easy things seemed challenging. The language barrier made asking simple questions very daunting. The unfamiliar city seemed impossible to navigate. Doing things alone was scarier than usual, and there did not seem to be enough time to do everything I wanted to do! Luckily, small victories overtime built up my confidence and have made everything seem much easier. Doing things alone was intimidating to me at first. I always feel most comfortable when around friends and since I came to Barcelona with…

Juggling classes, tons of new friends, traveling almost every weekend, and going out on occasion. Finding time to keep yourself healthy while abroad can be extremely difficult. I’m often faced with heading to classes with little sleep after a long weekend of traveling, so motivating my self to get to the gym and devoting time to staying mentally and physically healthy is a challenge. Everyone is different so the same things won’t always work for you that worked for me, especially because I came abroad already very devoted…

Here is a tour of our apartment in Barcelona. My four roommates and I never thought we would get such a nice place. We love it so much! Julia D. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Communications & Film at University of Michigan.