Ever since starting college, I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I had so many questions. Where? When? With what program? How long? Thanks to the help of my friends and advisor, it became any easy decision. CEA is one of two programs offered for students at Iowa State to study in Barcelona. My friend, Luci, already knew she wanted to study abroad through CEA in Barcelona because she is working on a Spanish minor. After talking with more friends and family, I found out a sorority…

CEA surpassed all of my dreams of what a study abroad program could be. From amazing teachers who want to give you their worldly knowledge to tapas classes taught by some of the best chefs in Barcelona, CEA really had it all. One of my favorite parts of CEA was the AICAP program. Academic Integrated Cultural Activities Programs, helps you connect your experiences outside the classroom with the content you learn in class. For a small deposit, CEA students are given the option to attend additional trips, whether…

It’s tough to admit that my time in Paris has ended–for now, at least! It was a period of enormous growth for me: academically, personally, and experientially. It never would have happened so smoothly and successfully without CEA as a jumping-off point. This summer, if you had asked me “What are the environmental impacts of the wine industry?” or “Which soft intervention would best add to the architecture of Paris?” or even “Parlez-vous Francais?”, I wouldn’t have an answer to any of them. But now, I’d be happy…

This video will show you a walking tour of Galway. The video starts out in the Charlie Bryne Bookshop, which is said to be Ireland’s best-loved independent bookshop. The tour continues on to show scenic waterfront views near the National University of Ireland Galway campus. Shop Street is featured in the video where you can find musicians playing, flowers being sold on the street, and popular cafes and restaurants. Two of my favorite cafes are the Lane Cafe and Griffin’s which are great to go to for coffee…

My suitcase was under 50 pounds.  My travel documents were in check.  My boarding pass was in hand.  I was ready to take off for Madrid, Spain.  Hello, or should I say hola, my name is Cara, and I am the current MOJO Blogger in Madrid for Spring 2018.   I always knew I wanted to study abroad in college, and once I declared a minor in Spanish, I knew Spain was the obvious choice for where I should spend a semester of my life. Although I’ve only…

Follow me as I walk around Barcelona to see some of my favorite places. I walk by the Sagrada Família every day on my way to the metro and stop at Forn Verdaguer for coffee and croissants more than I should. Life in Barcelona has been a blast, and this vlog shows just a few of the many amazing sites to see here. Julia D. is the Spring 2018 CEA MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Finance & Marketing at Iowa State University.

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…

Paris is an incredible city with so much to do, see, and eat. Anything I do in this city brings me so much joy, and I thought I’d share with you! Here are my Top 5 Favorites of Paris! Visit Ladurée for the best Macarons I can attest that they are the most expensive macaroons in the entire city but 10/10 they are the best! Ladurée is a luxury sweet shop and bakery that has been around for hundreds of years, so they KNOW what they are doing.  There are…

Although I’ve been living in London for a month, there are still times where I say to myself: “Wow, I can’t believe I’m here.”  Several weeks ago, I was in the quiet suburbs of Massachusetts, now I’m in the center of one of the most culturally dynamic cities in the world.  Unbelievable. This incredible journey of mine started last January when I called CEA about their Westminster program.  As I heard more about it, my enthusiasm grew.  Not only was the location perfect, but I would have the…

  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…