Studying abroad in Paris is step one. Step two? See as much of Europe as you can! Because Paris is centrally-located, it’s a great starting point for your international adventures. While living in Paris, I was able to travel to the UK, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. 3 out of 4 of those trips were on my own dime and really affordable! I was able to see Germany’s Black Forest through an incredible trip arranged by CEA. On top of that, I explored six French cities. This was…

When studying abroad in Barcelona, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with the land of endless sunshine and adventure.  With its incredible food scene, close proximity to the beach, vibrant culture and nightlife, it is very easy to get swept up in the excitement.  For those of us traveling on a college budget, these expenses can quickly pile up.  Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the thriving atmosphere of Barcelona without breaking the bank! Take advantage of Barcelona’s beautiful outdoor spaces There are…

One of the most striking differences between Europe and the United States is the state of transportation. Getting around in almost all of Europe is a breeze. In Grenoble, a well-planned tram system takes you almost anywhere you need to go quickly and efficiently. Aside from some crowded early morning trams, I found the transportation system to be one of the best aspects of living in Europe. It eliminates the need for an expensive car, which goes a long way in saving money when you’re a college student…

Being a writer of any kind in Prague is an amazing experience, because inspiration really does lie around every corner. This was a stereotype of Europe that I expected to be an exaggeration. However, I quickly learned by accidentally getting lost in my first few days here that it’s impossible not to turn a corner and see art, architecture, a view, or even people that immediately had me pulling up my ideas Google doc. Old statues, lock-covered bridges, even things I’d never expect to stir ideas, like the…

In the US, I am majoring in Media and Journalism.  As the semester moves along at the University of Westminster’s Harrow campus, I must say it has given me a new perspective on the entire Communication field.  In addition to learning a whole new English dialect, I am also learning how the British media works. Spoiler: It’s very different from America. Interestingly enough, the most different aspect is in sports media.  In the US there are four major sports: (American) football, Baseball, Basketball, and hockey.  All of which…

Finding housing in another country can be pretty daunting as the regulations vary by country, and you may not have a familiarity with what is considered good pricing, location, etc. One of the great benefits of studying abroad with CEA is that all housing accommodations are taken care of before arrival in the host country.  If you’re looking into studying abroad in Sevilla (which I can’t recommend enough), there are three different housing options you can choose from, based on what you want out of your experience: apartment, Casa…

To get from Des Moines, Iowa to Barcelona, Spain is no simple task. Three flights, two long layovers, and one cab ride later, I finally made it to my new home away from home. I had no idea what to expect upon my arrival here in Barcelona, as I had never been to Spain before. It has only been a few weeks, but this beautiful city is everything I expected and more. Pre-departure Jitters The two biggest worries I had coming into this experience were the language barrier…

One day in middle school math class, my friend walked in wearing a shirt that said Prague on it. I asked her what was “Prag-uey.” After fixing my pronunciation, she told me about the coolest city she’d ever been to. Six years later, on the first day of my Freshman year at Chapman University, my orientation leader told us about the amazing experience he had studying abroad in Prague. I spent the next two and a half years planning my own semester abroad in Prague, equal parts excited…

If you’re reading this, you may have just returned from an amazing study abroad experience (or maybe you’re mentally preparing to return home). During your time abroad, you probably had moments where you felt really homesick. Understandably, at first you’ll be so excited to return home; seeing your beloved friends and family again, eating all your favorite foods, sleeping in your own bed, and finally having access to all your clothes again. However, this initial excitement will eventually wear off, and that’s when you find yourself feeling sort…

I come from Iowa State University which is located in Ames, Iowa. The population of Ames is around 65,000 people and this number includes the 36,000 students that attend the university each year. Clearly, Barcelona is quite different, with an approximate population of 1.6 million people. School in Iowa versus school in Barcelona is truly a night and day difference. In Ames, the campus is 3 square miles and I live just outside of that area. Here in Barcelona, I take classes at the CEA Study Center, which…