When I pause and try to reflect back on the last year of my life, it honestly still doesn’t feel real. I got on that plane to Spain last September with absolutely no clue what I was getting myself into. Of course, as in any adventure, there have been plenty of ups and downs, but the good has more than outweighed the bad. Here are some of  the “highlights” of my year abroad, accompanied by a bit of nostalgia, as my time in Granada begins to draw to…

When I committed to studying abroad in Granada, one of the first things people asked me was “What are you going to pack?” To be honest, I was asking myself the same thing. I had never been to Spain before and had no clue what to pack to avoid looking like a tourist; however, after 8 months living here, I’d like to think that I’ve more or less gotten a feel for the Spanish style. Below you’ll find some of the trends I’m currently seeing in the streets…

Before even coming to Spain, I prepared myself for the homesickness and culture shock everyone assured me would strike at some point during my first weeks in Granada. I told myself that if I expected those feelings, they would be easier to manage. As the weeks went by, however, I became more and more comfortable in my new city and absolutely enamored by the Spanish culture. I had met amazing new friends, was continually seeing improvements in my Spanish, and was busy traveling and exploring new cities. Sure,…

Did you know out of the approximately 300,000 people who call Granada home, 82,000 of them are college students? With that many students milling around the city, there is a continual focus on student life, making Granada an endlessly entertaining and incredibly affordable place to study. However, there are a few extra-special features that truly set Granada apart from any other “student city,” so without further ado: TAPAS Most everyone has heard of tapas and associates the small-plate wonders with Spain, but the tapa tradition is especially unique…

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When I first arrived in Spain, it took a few weeks to get acclimated to the way Spanish is spoken here. The Spanish accent seemed a lot stronger to me, compared to some Latin-American accents. What’s more, the Granadino accent can be particularly thick. It definitely takes some getting used to, but after four months, I definitely understand so much better, and I have even picked up on several local sayings and expressions. Below, I share some of the most common ones and some of my favorites to…

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Living with a host family is a unique cultural experience like no other. It’s one of the best ways to rapidly increase language proficiency while abroad, but there are many other benefits as well. Here I’ve listed what I’ve found to be the best perks of living in a Spanish home-stay. The people: My host family is amazing. I live with a married couple and their two adult daughters. They are all so kind, generous, and hospitable. We love telling stories and sharing laughs together. It’s really fun…

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The idea of studying abroad intrigues and excites many students. Maybe you love the idea of traveling and living abroad in a bustling city but aren’t sure what the “studying” part actually looks like. I’ll give you a glimpse into what academics in Spain are really like and 6 reasons why you might like taking classes abroad better than in the U.S. Awesome professors One of the best parts of my academic experience in Spain has been the professors. Of course every prof is unique, but overall, their…

One of the best parts about CEA’s Granada program is that you not only get to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture; you get to experience a new country and culture on the program’s trip to northern Morocco in the spring! Three cities, two days, and a whirlwind of unforgettable experiences – this trip was one of the most memorable weekends so far, from the incredible views, unique perspectives of each city thanks to our amazing tour guide, and of course, the food. Come to Spain for Spain,…

Deciding on a study abroad city can be a difficult choice because CEA offers so many amazing cities to choose from. While every city is unique, Granada has a certain charm that makes it a special city in Spain. In this video, the onsite Granada staff explain why they love the city so much, what life is like for students, and why you should choose Granada for your study abroad experience. Anastasia K. is the Spring 2018 MOJO in Granada, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying English…

During your time studying abroad, one of the best parts of living in a new city is exploring and finding your favorite spots. In this video, you’ll see three of my favorite spots in Granada. The Cathedral The façade of the Cathedral of Granada always looks stunning, and in the Royal Chapel next door you can see where Queen Isabel I of Castile, King Ferdinand, II of Aragon, their daughter Juana “la Loca”, and Philip I are buried. Olympia Café and Pastry Shop The locals flock here for…