Get to know Sabrina, CEA study abroad Barcelona student services advisor:   The best part of Barcelona is….: Its “live life to the fullest” mentality, its open minded and accepting people, and its love for being outdoors. Living in Barcelona has definitely taught me how to appreciate diverse perspectives on life, as well as eat healthy and be physically active all year round. Do I need to learn Catalan to survive here?: You do not need to learn Catalan to survive but you do need to learn it…

What’s a typical CEA study abroad in Barcelona day like?

I always used to think the 4th of July was such an incredible day. Whether I was sitting on the sands of Miami Beach or along Navy Pier in Chicago, watching the exploding colors in the sky always made me forget about everything else in the world. There is a beautiful community built in those minutes between all those in attendance, no matter where they might be in the nation. However, the day is about so much more than fireworks. It’s a celebration of American Independence. It’s a…

Life doesn’t even seem real right now… I’m living in Barcelona and just casually spent last weekend in Amsterdam, without even missing a single class. 2014 was already on track to be one of the best years of my life, and studying abroad with CEA has only strengthened those rails. Anyways, I figured instead of giving you all a long rant about how incredibly chill the Netherlands were, I think it’ll be more interesting to go through some of the things that were running through my mind during…

Anna Alberich, a local student from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, went with five CEA students from to check out “La Diada” National Day of Catalunya activities.     Here’s Anna’s recap: Celebrating “la Diada” with some of the CEA Barcelona students was even more exciting than with the “locals.” People attending the human V were a bit confused as they thought I was American, too. However, this confusion made me realize how Catalans in the demo truly wanted foreigners to catch the message that they wanted to give…

What can you accomplish in a summer? According to Shane, a Summer 2012 Barcelona study abroad alum and recent Penn State grad, the answer to that question is quite a bit. His Barcelona summer study abroad program allowed him to get ahead with credits, take classes toward his focus areas and combine it all with his love of sports. Shane Heckman CEA Barcelona Summer ’12 Alum & Veteran Alumni Ambassador CEA: Why did you choose to study abroad? Shane: I wanted to study abroad because I wanted to…

Tarek’s journey to studying abroad began in high school. As we continue our male CEA Alumni Ambassadors in Study Abroad blog series, Tarek, a student at the University of Massachusetts, shares more about how he chose to study abroad in Barcelona and how his experience has impacted his life. Tarek Dahdul CEA Barcelona Fall ’13 Alum & Current Alumni Ambassador CEA: Why did you choose to study abroad? Tarek: I have traveled all my life but for only weeks at a time. My sister studied abroad my junior…

June is flying by, so it’s time to check in and see what’s been going on in our summer CEA study abroad programs. Judging by the photos, we can safely say the start to the summer has been nothing short of fun and getting to know study abroad cities in some pretty awesome ways! Here are a few highlights from around the world: Prague: We all love food in our study abroad cities, but Prague students took it one step further by learning how to cook local dishes….

  Clark Gilford (Oklahoma, USA) and Laura Sibelo (Barcelona, Spain) met in Barcelona during Clark’s second semester abroad. Here is what they have to say about themselves and the experience. Clark Gilford   Tell us a little bit about yourself   My name is Clark, a 21 year old American student who studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I attend the University of Oklahoma, majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. I desire to study medicine while being an asset to my local Spanish-speaking community. In my free time…

I’ve got to be honest; a large reason I chose to spend my fall semester studying in Barcelona was for the tapas. Tapas originated in Spain, and they are delicious. They’re basically a wide variety of food, in snack-sized portions, usually served with a drink at a restaurant or bar. They can be served cold – such as cheese, ham, seafood salads, and olives – or hot, such as fried calamari, mussels, and garlic shrimp. They are the perfect dish to order when eating out with friends, because…