For me, one of the most attractive qualities of the CEA Seville study abroad program was the excursions offered. In the past, students have been taken on visits to surrounding cities, like Granada and Cordoba, and other countries, like Morocco and Portugal. I already knew I would want to visit these places; knowing that the trips would be included, convenient, and an opportunity to bond with my fellow peers only further cemented my interest in the program. Recently, our program went on an overnight excursion to Granada. Only…

Settling into a new country is no easy feat. That much can be acknowledged right off the bat. You’ve come to learn, to travel, and to see everything your country has to offer. Here are three tips to ensure you’re mentally and physically prepped to enjoy every second of your time abroad: Stay Balanced In those initial days (or weeks) after your arrival, you’ll be full of nervous energy. You’ll likely want to immerse yourself in the culture and experience everything you possibly can “like the locals.” This…

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I’m an indecisive person. But one thing I had decided clearly in my mind when I started college was that I was going to study abroad. I didn’t know where or when, but I was going to make it happen one way or another. I’m also somewhat of a perfectionist, so choosing a study abroad program was quite a long process, but I started early and researched thoroughly. I attended my school’s study abroad meetings, requested information online, made phone calls, talked to my professors, and weighed out…

If you close your eyes and try to picture a stereotypical Spaniard, what comes to mind? For many, Spanish culture goes hand in hand with the image of a striking dark-haired girl, wearing a floor-length red dress trimmed at the bottom in ruffles, and holding a fan dramatically in one hand while she dances. The image is easy to conjure up, but the history and culture behind this image are much less familiar. The girl is a representation of a flamenco dancer, historically from the Gitano (gypsy) population,…

As I start my walk through the city center, I’m struck again by how happy and alive the Spanish language sounds. All around me, the air buzzes with conversation. It seems all of Granada is out tonight. I can hear people chatting about their day at work, what they’ll do for dinner, or asking after one another’s family. The air is crisp and cold, and with the Christmas season approaching, there are roadside stands selling roasted chestnuts and filling the air with a sweet smokiness that adds to…

What does a “normal” day look like while studying abroad in Granada, Spain? (Is there any such thing as normal in a city this beautiful?) In all the excitement getting ready to study abroad, it’s easy to imagine the big things, but the normal parts of life seem impossible to grasp! In this video, I’ll give you an overview of what my day-to-day looks like here, including everything from my walk to school in the morning, to homework time, coffee dates with friends, and meals with my host…

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4 airports, 3 flights, and 13 hours took me from Indianapolis, Indiana across the Atlantic Ocean to Granada, Spain. I’ve only flown overseas once before in my life, but I’m still amazed that in a matter of hours, you can be in a completely different country, on a completely different continent. The day I arrived in Granada was a day I had long looked forward to. Ever since I applied for my student visa back in October, I had counted down the days until my departure. Even though…

Before actually living in Granada, my knowledge of the city was strictly bound to what I read in a few articles online or in travel guides. I had the basic history of the city, the major sightseeing points, and of course, a commentary on tapas culture, but in regards to real connections to the city, I had none. Fast-forward a few months, and I’m happy to say that has completely changed. What started out as a study abroad “destination” has quickly become my second home, a city where…

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One of the things I most looked forward to before studying abroad was trying traditional Spanish cuisine. While there are plenty of unique restaurants and bars in Granada, I have been able to experience a lot of the local flavor just from what my host mom cooks on a daily basis! Below, I’ve shared a recipe for “Pollo Escabechado,” which translates to “marinated chicken.” It’s delicious, super simple, and really represents the simple, fresh flavors of Southern Spain. My host mom explained to me that this method of…

If you asked me to pinpoint my favorite part of study abroad, it would be almost impossible to choose just one thing… but can you really blame me for that? I’ve spent the last four months with an endless supply of fresh olive oil, multi-cultural exposure, and continual Spanish practice; life in general has been pretty great. However, if you really pressed me, I think that I would settle on the friends I’ve made here as the best part of Spain so far. Most people in the US…