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…

This time last year I was beginning a five month adventure where I lived in Seville, Spain and I took on the world by traveling to surrounding cities and countries. The cities and cultures that I experienced taught me a lot about culture and behavior, but as it turns out, I also taught a lesson or two of my own. A lesson about what it means to be Black. Even though I was with hundreds of other Americans who were abroad in Seville, my “minority” status still stuck…

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My planner has been my lifeline this busy semester. As I flick through to months past, my mind dances with memories simply from the names of the countries I have visited written carefully under their corresponding date. All the way in September I see the times to meet for orientation and I can’t help but think back to those days with a haze induced by a faraway time and a touch of jetlag. As I count down the days until I head to the Seville airport for one…

It took me a month to pack before coming to Spain. I stressed over what clothes to bring to best fit in and packed and repacked a million times before I finally zipped up a four-month wardrobe into one suitcase with what I hoped would make me look like a local. The truth is, you probably will never fit the “Spanish look.” Once in a while, I get to bask in the mistake of someone assuming I was Spanish because I wore a certain shirt or pair of earrings…

I can’t believe I’m saying this – but, I return back to the United States in under two weeks. This semester abroad has been the most exhilarating whirlwind of an experience. It’s only been four months, yet I feel I’ve gained a lifetime of knowledge about myself and the world around me. I’ve traveled to more countries in this short amount of time than I have in my entire life and I’ve made connections that will endure any length of time or distance. Overall, I feel that I…

Every step in this city results in sensory overload in the most wonderful way. The views of the river as you walk across one of the many beautiful bridges, the Toro del Oro standing tall, Las Setas, the Cathedral, and most of all, the friendly locals that inhabit the streets every hour of every day. The smells are wonderful with roasted chestnuts being sold on the streets, pastry shops on every corner, and tapas bars with outdoor seating. The sounds are distinct: horse hooves tapping with carriage rides…

Studying abroad is a proven way to stand out from a sea of applicants when searching for a job. However, when combined with an international internship, studying abroad will distinguish you as a unique candidate who demonstrates drive, ambition, and flexibility. An international internship can allow you to… Show future employers that you are adaptable to new environments and possess a strong drive to learn Increase language proficiency through immersion Grow a network of global contacts Develop cross-cultural skills and global competence Gain experience in your desired field CEA offers summer…

For those like me, in the Communication, Media Studies, and Tourism Management program in Seville, you get to call yourself a student at EUSA. In this haven for media and creativity, you will see students working with video equipment, taking photographs, or collaborating on projects every day. EUSA is a small, private university with professors who have worked in the field and value hands on learning. At this school,  you have the opportunity to take classes in English or Spanish and with students from many different countries. Take…

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¡Bienvenidos amigos! My name is Amanda and I’ve been a MOJO Blogger and internship student in Seville, Spain for the past two and a half months. Perhaps you’ve read some of my other blog posts about life here in Seville, but I thought it would be a nice change to take time to introduce myself and tell my story. This feels kind of like that moment in Wizard of Oz, when they finally unveil the green curtain to reveal the anassuming person behind the scenes. Okay, well maybe…

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Spain is a country full of life. In my opinion, Seville may actually have New York City beat as the city that never sleeps. There is always something to do or see. After spending the past few months in this city, I return from my weekend travels with a sigh of relief as I am back in a place with now familiar people, sounds, and sights. My senses have become adapted to the Spanish culture and I can say that I do truly feel a connection to Seville….