Ever since starting college, I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I had so many questions. Where? When? With what program? How long? Thanks to the help of my friends and advisor, it became any easy decision. CEA is one of two programs offered for students at Iowa State to study in Barcelona. My friend, Luci, already knew she wanted to study abroad through CEA in Barcelona because she is working on a Spanish minor. After talking with more friends and family, I found out a sorority…

Follow me as I walk around Barcelona to see some of my favorite places. I walk by the Sagrada Família every day on my way to the metro and stop at Forn Verdaguer for coffee and croissants more than I should. Life in Barcelona has been a blast, and this vlog shows just a few of the many amazing sites to see here. Julia D. is the Spring 2018 CEA MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Finance & Marketing at Iowa State University.

Since living in Galway, I have fallen in love with the city. When the weather is nice in Galway, one of my favorite things to do is take a walk on the Salthill Promenade. The walk takes you alongside Galway Bay, and offers an incredible view at sunset. One of the best day trips is to Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Gardens. This tour includes several other stops on the way including a stop in the colorful Spiddal Craft Village. Beyond being breathtakingly beautiful, Kylemore Abbey has a…

I come from Iowa State University which is located in Ames, Iowa. The population of Ames is around 65,000 people and this number includes the 36,000 students that attend the university each year. Clearly, Barcelona is quite different, with an approximate population of 1.6 million people. School in Iowa versus school in Barcelona is truly a night and day difference. In Ames, the campus is 3 square miles and I live just outside of that area. Here in Barcelona, I take classes at the CEA Study Center, which…

Watch me annoy my roommate as she makes us Beef Bourguignon for dinner! It’s the perfect French dish for anyone who likes a savory treat, but takes ALL day to make, Zuzu was stirring the stew for hours before she let any of us have a taste. This dish provides a myriad of flavors and goes great with a glass of red wine and mashed potatoes, we hope you enjoy! Simran H. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in the french Riviera, France. She is currently a sophomore…

Here’s a peek at what you can expect when you’re going on an excursion with CEA…. Hotels outside castles, guided tours, authentic French cuisine, the list goes on! On a typical weekend excursion, CEA students get to explore the rich history of some of the oldest areas on the French Riviera while getting to participate actively in cultural experiences. Whether it’s making perfume, wine tasting, or hiking- we always return with a stronger sense of French values and ideas of life. Simran H. is the Fall 2016 CEA…

One of the things that I was most worried about coming to China was what the classroom environment would be like. I had in my head, a picture of rigorous course loads that required hours upon hours of work, done in a silent classroom where only the professor was allowed to speak. My first classroom experience was quick to do away with all presumptions about the Chinese classroom. The teachers so far have promoted a very interactive environment that, in my mind, furthers the learning experience. Many teachers…

It’s ironic how alone you can feel in a city of thousands of people, but even more ironic how you can learn more about yourself in a foreign country than you can in the comfort of your hometown. With every step I take to familiarize myself with my new surroundings, the more I realize how unprepared I am for the lesson this experience will teach me. In the first couple of weeks, simple tasks like grocery shopping, riding the train, or ordering food became challenging endeavors I tried…

Upon arrival in Shanghai, I realized I was in a land of unknowns. I was surrounded by every nationality except my own. I couldn’t read any signs or advertisements.  I couldn’t understand what anyone around me was saying. I was shocked to realize I really had no idea how to function in what seemed to be a whole new world. I painstakingly made my way through the airport, hoping that by following the crowd I would make my way to the right place! I made it through the…

10. Request a CEA catalog and leave it lying around the house, where Mom or Dad is sure to discover it. 9. Cook them an Italian meal for dinner (don’t forget to set the iPod to play some freshly downloaded beautiful Italian dinner music). This time next year they could be experiencing the real thing while visiting you! 8. Tell your parents you will earn college credit and, thus, still graduate on time. 7. DVR Anthony Bourdain or Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel, then switch over to…