I chose to learn from the locals. It gave me the chance and the reason to talk to some locals while here in Barcelona. I stopped 10 people and just had a short conversation with them about what they were doing. This man actually stopped me to ask for directions. I happily helped him, but I also asked where he was visiting from. He told me he had just moved to Barcelona for a job and he was getting the hang of living in a new city. I felt…

Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to study abroad. There was something about moving away across the country, immersing myself in new culture, new experiences, and stepping out of my comfort zone that I always found enticing. How did I know CEA was the program for me? Well that was easy. CEA had so many amazing course options that not only sounded enjoyable, and they were also suitable for my major. CEA also provides you with amazing housing locations in the heart of the city…

Walking at all times in Barcelona is always an amazing experience, from hearing the laughter of kids playing in the streets to the roaring sounds of the metro. Just walking through the metro every day is always different. You can hear the sounds of the gates clicking open and the “woosh” of the metro coming into the stop. There are talented musicians wanting to entertain the public in the metros or just on the streets. The best part of studying abroad is being able to easily travel to…

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Traveling to nearby places while you are studying abroad is a great way to learn about new cultures and enhance your study abroad experience. I chose to do some traveling around Europe before my semester in Barcelona began and I also took a few weekend trips during the semester. Just last weekend, I went with a few friends to Seville and Granada in the south part of Spain. From my experiences, I’ve put together a few pieces of advice that I hope will help other fellow travelers! Take…

Communications is an enormous field that covers everything related to human connections, from how we speak and write, to how we communicate through mass media. Studying abroad has been a very rewarding experience as a communications major because it has allowed me to extricate myself from my culture and see not only how different cultures in Europe communicate, but also how they perceive my communication style. In such a globalized world it is important to be aware and sensitive to such cultural differences and how messages may be…

Here is a tour of my apartment in the beautiful district of Eixample. CEA provided me with an excellent location just a quick 20-minute walk from CEA and the heart of Barcelona, Plaza Catalonia. The apartment is very spacious and came fully furnished providing my roommates and I with all of necessary tools to have an easy adjustment to our new lifestyle in Barcelona. Brynn M. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Communication at California Polytechnic State University, San…

There are so many great opportunities to enhance your study abroad experience in Barcelona. You can do an internship, volunteer, or take a career development seminar, just to name a few. Maria Mateu, who is part of the CEA team in Barcelona, oversees all of these programs! I conducted a short Q&A session with Maria to have her explain a bit about some of these amazing opportunities. Sarah H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Graphic Design at Champlain…

Coming to Barcelona it can be overwhelming trying to discover the delicious local restaurants, or cool hip places to grab a bite to eat when there are new cafes luring you in every step you take. With assistance from some previous students that studied abroad in Barcelona, as well as getting a little lost in the city trying new places, I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite spots to eat including both the traditional Catalan cuisine, as well as restaurants that will give you…

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…

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While studying abroad in Barcelona, CEA offers numerous weekend trips or nightly excursions to various locations around Spain; and trust me, you should take advantage of them. Want to know the best part? They are free. That’s right, completely free (already in the cost of your program). So before breaking your bank on one more weekend trip with your friends, save your money and capitalize on the amazing guided getaways CEA has to offer. At the beginning of the semester CEA will host a sign up period for…