Before arriving in Barcelona, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted out of my year abroad but I knew I wanted friends, I knew I wanted to meet locals, and I wanted to learn the language. I considered living in an apartment with friends thinking that it would be a more social option and I would have more space and privacy. After a lot of thought, however, I decided against the apartment and moved towards living in a homestay. I was incredibly nervous. The idea…

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One of the best parts of studying abroad in Europe was being able to travel to a different country every weekend because they are all only a few hour plane ride away! Plus being in such a central location with an amazing international airport like Barcelona, you are given unprecedented access to almost anywhere you could want to go. What I didn’t realize was how hard it was going to be to narrow down where to go each weekend! So I decided to make future study abroad students…

Here are my first thoughts upon arriving in Barcelona. Hopefully after reading this, your questions will be answered! How am I ever going to learn my way around? Barcelona was one of the biggest European cities I had ever been to. When I arrived it was dark and I could not actually see how widely the city expanded. I came to understand that I lived pretty much as far away from the ocean as they could have placed me. But with Barcelona’s amazing transportation systems, it was really…

There are so many great opportunities to enhance your study abroad experience in Barcelona. You can do an internship, volunteer, or take a career development seminar, just to name a few. Maria Mateu, who is part of the CEA team in Barcelona, oversees all of these programs! I conducted a short Q&A session with Maria to have her explain a bit about some of these amazing opportunities. Sarah H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Graphic Design at Champlain…

Coming to Barcelona it can be overwhelming trying to discover the delicious local restaurants, or cool hip places to grab a bite to eat when there are new cafes luring you in every step you take. With assistance from some previous students that studied abroad in Barcelona, as well as getting a little lost in the city trying new places, I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite spots to eat including both the traditional Catalan cuisine, as well as restaurants that will give you…

Everything about going to school in Barcelona is amazing: from my walk to class down the beautiful road of Las Ramblas, to the always friendly and helpful staff at the CEA Academic Center. But my favorite part about studying in Barcelona is that I don’t just learn in the classroom. For my Architecture and Painting class, we visited La Sagrada Família and La Pedrera to learn about Gaudí’s architectural style. Through my Spanish class, I had the opportunity to practice the language when we did a conversational activity…

One of the best things about living in a city is that pretty much everywhere is walking distance. Living in Barcelona make city living even more exciting because you get to experience a new culture at the same time. This video features all of my favorite places, from Parc de la Citudella to La Rambla. On a daily basis, I pass these streets and buildings and it makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to study abroad in this beautiful city! Annie M. is the Fall 2017 MOJO…

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While studying abroad in Barcelona, CEA offers numerous weekend trips or nightly excursions to various locations around Spain; and trust me, you should take advantage of them. Want to know the best part? They are free. That’s right, completely free (already in the cost of your program). So before breaking your bank on one more weekend trip with your friends, save your money and capitalize on the amazing guided getaways CEA has to offer. At the beginning of the semester CEA will host a sign up period for…

We asked our CEA Alumni Ambassadors what they would say if they has 60 seconds to convince a friend to study or intern abroad. In celebration of International Education Week, here are the top 3 reasons you should go abroad. The Friendships “Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made. You get to travel the world, meet amazing people and go on new adventures while you are studying and learning things that will help you in your future. I never thought I would come back to…

I chose to study in Barcelona because it’s a city with a lot of art culture. Back in the United States, my major is graphic design and I love everything about it. My study abroad experience has been enhancing my knowledge of this field by learning through different approaches. I am learning about topics that relate to design in various ways and this is allowing me to gain new perspectives and inspiration. In this blog I will explain what my education here in Barcelona is like and why…