Former Alumni Ambassador at University of Utah, Forrest, takes us through her top five reasons to study abroad with CEA in Granada, Spain. As if the tapas weren’t enough! Forrest R. is a CEA alumnae. She studied abroad in Granada, Spain in the Spring of 2016. She is currently studying Communications at University of Utah.

Whether you’re first researching cities and countries or already packing your suitcase, it’s almost impossible to keep yourself from imagining what your new life abroad will look like. I found myself picturing my city, my host family, the friends I would meet, and the trips I would take. But with all of those exciting things also comes the “study” part of study abroad. After almost a whole semester (where has the time gone?) in Granada, here are my thoughts on the academic side of study abroad! CEA hosts…

Studying abroad is a pretty crazy experience, but studying abroad in a country with a different language… wow. Coming into this year, I knew I had a solid Spanish foundation, but I had no clue what my day to day interactions would look like here when it came to the language. Would I speak Spanish with my host family? Would I understand people speaking? Would those people understand me? (*Yes, usually, and most of the time) I’ve realized it takes time to get comfortable with your new language,…

As I was looking through the seemingly endless number of study abroad programs out there, one of the things that first drew me to CEA was the number of excursions they offer. To clear a few questions up that I had coming into this program, these are already included in your program cost, meaning your hotel, meals (except for an occasional need to pack a picnic lunch or have money for one travel meal), tour guides, etc. everything is covered. Excursions could be in your city (ex: tours…

I can remember, as a kid, my dad coming home from work and saying “Let’s see what happened in the world today”. This meant inevitably we would be watching the news, and for a 10 year old that was akin to torture. At the time, I hated it, but now I realize that I was actually being taught to think critically about current events and politics. Fast forward ten years or so, and I’m majoring in Political Science and Spanish, while studying abroad in Granada, Spain. With Spanish…

Granada is truly one of the most unique places I’ve ever had the chance to visit. What first caught my eye as I was trying to decide where to study abroad was the multitude of cultures that have shaped this city’s history and are still here today! I am shamelessly a history geek, and Granada has truly seen it all. To give you an idea of how far back we could go, this area was inhabited by the Romans and the Visigoths as early has 5500 BC. Jump…

This past semester has been nothing less than wonderful. I have traveled all over Europe, I have nearly conquered the city of Granada, I have made so many amazing friends, and I have studied in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I feel like I am on Cloud 9 and I never want to get down from the feeling that living abroad has given me. Study abroad has been hands down the best decision I have ever made, and I would not have it any other…

This video is an inside look into my daily life in Granada. It gives you a taste of what it is actually like to live here as a CEA Study Abroad student as I show my walk to class, an actual classroom, and a quick look at the two buildings most international students have class; el Centro de Lenguas Modernas and the Kenia building. This video also introduces you to some of the delicious food (mainly sweets), new friends, and a general feel of what Granada is like as a…

This video is an inside look into my travels outside of Granada. Some of the places that I mention in here were part of the CEA program, and others were my own planning with my great friends that I met through CEA. This video is a way for you all to see the world of opportunities that you have when choosing to study abroad, while also knowing the great times that you will have discovering the city of Granada. Meghan L. is the Spring 2017 CEA MOJO blogger…

As a young woman traveling in a foreign country, there may be some skepticism from others, or even yourself for how safe it will be. And if you are traveling alone, there may be even more questions and nerves that come about. I mean, you don’t know the locals, you don’t know the city, and you may not even know the language. Sounds like this could be completely terrifying, right? Although it may sound this way, it truly is a wonderful experience to do at some point in…