When studying abroad you don’t always think about what to do with your experience when you get back. When you’re on that plane ride back home you’re feeling mixed emotions. You’re sad to be leaving but yet happy to return home and share your experience with the people around you. But once the dust settles and you’re back in your normal routine, you kind of lose the luster of your trip. The thing is, you don’t have to lose it. In my case, I kept the excitement of…

I’ve thought to myself, what role do all the people in our lives play? There are different categories, strong and not-so-strong connections and places where we choose to place people. Other than your family who is your No. 1, friends can come next. I thought of a quote that helps describe those people in my life, “Friends are those who make it.” You may ask, “well, make what?” and that is a never-ending question. They make life fun, make memories, make you laugh, cry, and the list goes…

Stores started decorating for Christmasas early as the first week in November. Being abroad for the fall semester, I prepared myself to be homesick around the holidays this year. Instead I have been pleasantly surprised that every holiday here so far has just helped me to fall even more in love with my host family, this city, and the other students in my program! CEA students dressed up for Halloween. Homemade pumpkin pie, courtesy of my host mom! For Halloween my host mom made a pumpkin pie. Although it…

I was fortunate enough to have my Dad and Stepmom come visit me! I was so excited for them to be able to experience the country that I have been calling home for the past month, and introduce them to the Pura Vida lifestyle. We went to Manuel Antonio, which is located in Puntarenas, about a two and a half hour drive south of San José. It is the perfect combination of beach and rainforest and has one of the best national parks in the world. The beach…

Well you guys, my study abroad experience in Buenos Aires is slowly trickling to its end. I have two more mere weeks here. So now I want to write a post about the excursions I went on with CEA, during my study abroad experience in Argentina.  I went on three big excursions with CEA: Iguazú Falls, the Estancia Rosada (ranch) in Lujan, and Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Iguazú Falls: Iguazú Falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and they are located at Misiones province…

Our fall study abroad fair season is slowly winding down to a close – we can’t believe we’re already at the end! View below where we’ll be making our final rounds. Make sure to stop by the CEA table on your campus and say hello. If you don’t see your school listed and would like to request a visit from one of our Regional Consultants, email us at UniversityRelations@ceaStudyAbroad.com.

After composing a few blog posts here, I realized that I haven’t been touching on the important things I’ve learned in Granada, Spain so far. I wanted to shed light on the neutral (neither bad nor good) things that you will most likely encounter abroad. So, to kind of contradict myself, here’s my list of the things that I’ve learned so far and that most study abroad blogs won’t tell you. Granada, Spain- the Albaycin 1.) Your problems won’t leave you, no matter how far you go.Traveling abroad is…

Upon my arrival in Tangier, Morocco, my initial thought was, “This doesn’t look like Africa.” But then I realized that my expectations of Africa were solely based on images I had seen in the media or things that I had heard from other people’s experiences in Africa. After attempting to disregard any preconceptions I had about Morocco, or Africa in general, I tried to allow myself to observe and learn as much of the culture as I could.  This is where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean. I…

Fairs and fall – one of our favorite study abroad pairings! Here’s where we’ll be this week: So go grab a pumpkin spice latte and come talk to us at your school’s study abroad fair this week. We can’t wait to meet you! Don’t see your university listed above? Check our website for a full schedule.

During my senior year at Cal State San Marcos, I had the opportunity to work with CEA as an Alumni Ambassador. During this time, I connected with other abroad alumni who shared the same passion for studies internationally. There were two questions we were always encouraged to reflect on. The first was, “what is the greatest lesson you learned from being abroad?” Until now, I thought my answer to that question defined my experience. What was that answer? In short, I said that study abroad changed me. It…