Welcome to Seville! In this short video, you’ll get to walk around this beautiful and captivating city with me. You’ll hear the people walking by, the flowing water from the abundance of fountains, and other sounds from my favorite city. I’m going to take you to some of the most scenic spots in Seville: Parque Maria Luisa, Plaza de España, the Guadalquivir river, the Royal Alcazar, and other local parks and areas. Enjoy! Kelly M. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Blogger in Seville, Spain. She is currently a…

Living in a homestay was the only housing option I was interested in when I decided to study abroad. I always pictured living in a quaint, traditional home, waking up to voices speaking an unfamiliar language, and integrating into a new and truly different family. In many ways, my experience in a homestay has panned out to be quite similar to what I imagined. Right now, I live in the center of Seville with Juan, Eloisa, and my roommate, Akhila. Our routine runs like clockwork. Our makeshift family…

Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, it can be difficult trying to figure out where to go and what to do. Here are the top three places to go in Seville, Spain. Parque Maria Luisa Any decent tour guide will tell you that the wonders of Parque Maria Luisa are not to go unseen. This park has everything: horse and carriage rides, an incredible fountain dedicated to the beauty of Spain, orange tree-lined paths, and more than enough benches and green spaces to sit…

It did not hit me that I would be living abroad in Spain for four months until my mom parked our car outside of the JFK airport. Throughout my journey to Seville, I felt equal parts terrified and excited. I was nervous that I would have a hard time with the language and would not make friends and would not like my classes and everything would go wrong. But, even then, I somehow knew I would look back on this semester as one of the best times in…

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…

  It’s always scary to leave a place of comfort, but sometimes it helps you grow. When I graduated from high school, I moved twelve hours away from home. The transition from living in New York to living in South Carolina was more difficult than I could have imagined. Even so, I grew to love the two very different cultures that I was a part of. That experience affirmed my belief in studying abroad. I knew that although it would probably take some time, I could adjust and…

People sometimes seem to think that communication is an easy major, but every business and establishment need skilled communicators. Subtle differences in the ways people use language can completely alter the success of our interactions with strangers, potential business partners, and foreign friends. The ability to deliver information in an effective way is imperative to achieving goals and creating relationships. A teacher without communication skills is just a smart person because there is no way for the students to gain from their experience if they don’t understand what…

Moving to a foreign country with a foreign language can be overwhelming. CEA provides an amazing networking opportunity through the intercambio program. Spanish students come in voluntarily to meet American students, help teach Spanish, learn English, and share cultural experiences. CEA put on many intercambio events throughout the semester, one being game night. Everyone had a blast and it was such a great way to meet locals! Madison M. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in Seville, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Psychology at Christopher Newport…

After my family lived in the Philippines for 3 years, I knew I needed to study abroad. CEA offered exactly what I was looking for: a housing option that allows cultural immersion, excursions within and outside of Spain, and many opportunities to learn and meet new people. I was extremely nervous about the language barrier in Spain, mostly because I had not taken a Spanish class in over a year and was really rusty on my Spanish-speaking skills! I am glad it did not stop me from going to Spain because…

Waking up at 6:00 a.m. is a struggle for me. But, I powered through my hate of early mornings and made my way to meet everyone to go on our first excursion to Sevilla and Córdoba. After a three hour bus ride, we arrived in Sevilla. Upon stepping off the bus, we walked to the Alcazar, the royal palace. It was magnificent. The Alcazar reminded me of the Alhambra in so many ways. It featured mosaics, and details of Islamic architecture, similar to the Alhambra. La Giralda After…