study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Paris

I first visited Paris in August 2014 for a four-day whirlwind tour at the close of a summer escapade in Europe, and now, after more than three years, I’ve come back. In a sense, my semester abroad with CEA is a homecoming—but one that affords me the tools and opportunities to engage much more meaningfully with French culture and the Parisian world than one could ever hope to accomplish in four days. The city has continued its evolution—wheat-paste posters changing hundreds of times, facades evolving under the weather’s…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Paris

Food in Paris is legendary—most everyone has heard that message, whether it be from Disney’s Ratatouille or the foodblogging corners of Instagram, and it’s not wrong. For an American, this food scene can be overwhelming, though, too; menus in French, restaurant servers speaking French, packaging in French, prices in Euros… Below I’ve outlined the steps that helped me navigate my meals for the first few weeks here in Paris. Plan. I made a shopping list before each of my visits to the grocery store, which made it much…

As my study abroad experience in Shanghai comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on my time here. This semester has by far been the beat time of my life. I have made so many memories that I will never forget. Some of my favorite times were the trips that I was able to take throughout while in China both with CEA and on my own. I was able to travel to Dalian, Wuzhen, Hangzhou, Beijing, and Nanjing. Each of these cities was unique and was a great…

There are so many things I love about Seville, I will list my top picks so this blog doesn’t turn into a novel. Where to begin. You can’t go wrong with visiting the Plaza de España. It’s located in the famous Maria Luisa Park. The Plaza has some breathtaking Spanish architecture with the mix of Renaissance and Moorish styles. It’s a huge half-circle structure with buildings that are connected by bridges over the moat and a fountain in the middle. I love walking through Maria Luisa Park around sunset and then hitting…

In this video, I take you on a walking tour of some of my favourite spots in London. London is a huge city and it’s often difficult to decide what to see and do, so allow me to show you what I’ve found worthwhile after living here for 2 months. Check out this video to see restaurants, cafes, pubs, museum, and other must-see places in Shoreditch, the South Bank, and Central London. Here you can find a google map with the places I visit in the video. James L….

I can’t believe my time abroad is really coming to an end. Time has flown by in the blink of an eye. I am so glad I made the decision to study abroad because I have learned so many different things and places I would’ve never imagined of visiting. This whole time abroad has been so surreal, some weekends I couldn’t believe I was in a different country in the span of just 2 hours traveling. I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to be abroad and…

I think it’s safe to say that my study abroad experience in London has completely changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. In these three months, I’ve gotten the chance to speak with people from countries all across Europe and Asia, and got the chance to visit and experience cultures vastly different from my own. This theme of unfamiliarity became the perfect backdrop on which to analyze myself and learn things I have previously overlooked while in the comfort of my home culture. Here are a few things…

Since I’ve passed the midway point of the semester, I thought I’d share my experience with the academics here at Westminster. Although I’m a Management student at my home institution, I decided to take a variety of different classes in different subjects, such as sociology, literature, and writing while abroad. This has allowed me to interact with students of many different backgrounds, and broaden my perspective of academic life in the UK. Class Structure The biggest difference I’ve noticed is the structure and scheduling of classes. At my home institution…

The campus of East China Normal University is supremely located near some of the best places in Shanghai. Not only is what is on the outside of campus convenient and fun, the inside provides students with the best of everything. From beautiful gardens to hundreds of food options to shops of all kinds, students are sure to live comfortably during their study abroad semester. Matthew M. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Shanghai, China. He is currently a junior studying Global Business at Cedarville University.

Going to school in another country is quite the experience. When I walk to school here in Seville, I pass by many locals of all ages going to work, school, running errands, etc. My school at home in San Luis Obispo, California, is known to be a vibrant college town filled with college students, whereas when I walk to school in Seville I see people of all ages and passing the center of Seville where I see many tourists. It’s not your average walk to school when you…