Everything about going to school in Barcelona is amazing: from my walk to class down the beautiful road of Las Ramblas, to the always friendly and helpful staff at the CEA Academic Center. But my favorite part about studying in Barcelona is that I don’t just learn in the classroom. For my Architecture and Painting class, we visited La Sagrada Família and La Pedrera to learn about Gaudí’s architectural style. Through my Spanish class, I had the opportunity to practice the language when we did a conversational activity…

It’s been a little over a week since I’ve arrived in Barcelona and it has been surreal so far. Being alone at college is one thing, but being alone in a foreign country is a completely different thing. Thankfully, a lot of people from my school are also studying here, so it made adjusting so much easier. The hardest thing I had to adapt to was the food. The lifestyle here is way more relaxed than back home; meals take longer and happen much later. We went to dinner…

While abroad the opportunities are endless; the sky’s the limit, but unfortunately so is your bank account.  You will probably find yourself dreaming BIG wanting to explore everything Europe has to offer, but you may be discouraged when those explorations come with a hefty price tag. Some of my friends may call me a “professional” when it comes to finding deals, but I just call it being smart and properly managing my money.   When I first arrived in Barcelona, I had access to thousands of dollars. This money was for program fees…

Anna Alberich, a local student from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, went with five CEA students from to check out “La Diada” National Day of Catalunya activities.     Here’s Anna’s recap: Celebrating “la Diada” with some of the CEA Barcelona students was even more exciting than with the “locals.” People attending the human V were a bit confused as they thought I was American, too. However, this confusion made me realize how Catalans in the demo truly wanted foreigners to catch the message that they wanted to give…

Clark Gilford (Oklahoma, USA) and Laura Sibelo (Barcelona, Spain) met in Barcelona during Clark’s second semester abroad. Here is what they have to say about themselves and the experience. Clark Gilford Tell us a little bit about yourself My name is Clark, a 21 year old American student who studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I attend the University of Oklahoma, majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. I desire to study medicine while being an asset to my local Spanish-speaking community. In my free time I enjoy reading,…

Barcelona is famous for many different aspects of its culture; the incredible food, the wonderful music, the impressive architecture, the beautiful beaches, and the rich Catalan history. But perhaps one of the better-known products of Barcelona is its outstanding and successful fútbol team, Futbol Club Barcelona (or FCB). Futbol Club Barcelona is the professional football – or what we in America call soccer – club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, and is also often called “Barca” by people who live here. For a Catalonian person the club is…

Sheer Edelman, a freshman from De Anza College, California shares her personal spiritual journey while studying abroad in Barcleona, Spain.   To be honest, one of my personal goals for studying in Spain was to draw closer to my religion and strengthen my sense of identity. I wanted to challenge myself to practice Judaism despite the more resistant environment and the fact that I was away from home. And now, looking back at my invaluable experiences throughout these three months, I feel that I have realized-perhaps even exceeded-…

Dayna James, a sophomore at the University of Miami, Florida, wrote the following Food Diary about her trip to a small winery in the Catalan countryside for her Culture of Food  & Wine in Spain class with Professor Pep Inglés. During my abroad experience in Barcelona, I have been living with my friend, Elisabeth Terlato, from the University of Miami. Her family is involved in international wine distribution, giving us the fortune opportunity to meet a local Catalan couple, the owners of the Marco Abella winery about two…

Alicia Correa Mañas, a local student at the Universitat Autònoma Barcelonacollaborating with CEA and Mackenzie Gregor, a junior at California University of Pennsylvania, talk about the 48h Open House Barcelona and De Tapes Per Barcelona.  Alicia: Barcelona not only amazes tourists but also locals. Walking around this city you can see how different architectural styles get mixed up together. With the 48h Open House Barcelona  we got the chance to visit for free a building that represents the Catalan aristocracy of the 19th century in its bloom, the…

Ariadna Casa Solà, a local student at the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona collaborating with CEA and Rafael Zamora, a sophomore from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, talk about their outing in the Gràcia neighborhood of Barcelona and dinner at Pintxo Attack.  On Wednesday, September 18th we organized an outing to the Gràcia neighborhood for the winning team of Mapping My Barrio (orientation activity). Gràcia is a great neighborhood for students to explore because there are many little cafés and terraces that really help you feel the Mediterranean…