Whether you’re first researching cities and countries or already packing your suitcase, it’s almost impossible to keep yourself from imagining what your new life abroad will look like. I found myself picturing my city, my host family, the friends I would meet, and the trips I would take. But with all of those exciting things also comes the “study” part of study abroad. After almost a whole semester (where has the time gone?) in Granada, here are my thoughts on the academic side of study abroad! CEA hosts…

Studying abroad is a pretty crazy experience, but studying abroad in a country with a different language… wow. Coming into this year, I knew I had a solid Spanish foundation, but I had no clue what my day to day interactions would look like here when it came to the language. Would I speak Spanish with my host family? Would I understand people speaking? Would those people understand me? (*Yes, usually, and most of the time) I’ve realized it takes time to get comfortable with your new language,…

As I was looking through the seemingly endless number of study abroad programs out there, one of the things that first drew me to CEA was the number of excursions they offer. To clear a few questions up that I had coming into this program, these are already included in your program cost, meaning your hotel, meals (except for an occasional need to pack a picnic lunch or have money for one travel meal), tour guides, etc. everything is covered. Excursions could be in your city (ex: tours…

I can remember, as a kid, my dad coming home from work and saying “Let’s see what happened in the world today”. This meant inevitably we would be watching the news, and for a 10 year old that was akin to torture. At the time, I hated it, but now I realize that I was actually being taught to think critically about current events and politics. Fast forward ten years or so, and I’m majoring in Political Science and Spanish, while studying abroad in Granada, Spain. With Spanish…

Granada is truly one of the most unique places I’ve ever had the chance to visit. What first caught my eye as I was trying to decide where to study abroad was the multitude of cultures that have shaped this city’s history and are still here today! I am shamelessly a history geek, and Granada has truly seen it all. To give you an idea of how far back we could go, this area was inhabited by the Romans and the Visigoths as early has 5500 BC. Jump…

One of the most common things that students say when they come back from studying abroad is, “ I changed so much!”. Too often this can be seen negatively because while you feel like you have changed, it seems like everything back home stayed exactly the same. That can be a little disconcerting when you were used to running around the streets of Paris at 2 o/cock in the morning then come back and instead are sitting in a library room until 2 o’clock in the morning. This…

Almost exactly 4 months ago I was about to come back home to the States and I was NOT excited about it. Just like most people, I loved my study abroad, and I had been gone for almost a full year, I could barely remember what life back home was supposed to be like. I had made wonderful new friends and had a lot of new adventures, I didn’t want to go back to where none of these things were. This is why I decided to be an…

I had always known I wanted to study abroad. One of my main criteria for picking a university to attend was who would let me study abroad, and who make it the easiest. It wan’t news to anyone when I said I was leaving, what surprised everyone was how long I was going to be gone. I was fortunate to have the amazing opportunity to study abroad in four different countries, and I fell in love with all of them, some more than I thought I would. My…

Almost exactly three months ago I was sitting in my room in England freaking out over the fact that I had to return to America in a few days. I knew that my school offered something for returning students when they came back home so I jumped on the website to look for it. That is how I learned about the LFA conference in Washington. LFA stands for Lessons From Abroad Conference and is geared towards students who have returned home from studying abroad. The conference is designed…