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.

It took me a month to pack before coming to Spain. I stressed over what clothes to bring to best fit in and packed and repacked a million times before I finally zipped up a four-month wardrobe into one suitcase with what I hoped would make me look like a local. The truth is, you probably will never fit the “Spanish look.” Once in a while, I get to bask in the mistake of someone assuming I was Spanish because I wore a certain shirt or pair of earrings…

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…

I can’t believe I’m saying this – but, I return back to the United States in under two weeks. This semester abroad has been the most exhilarating whirlwind of an experience. It’s only been four months, yet I feel I’ve gained a lifetime of knowledge about myself and the world around me. I’ve traveled to more countries in this short amount of time than I have in my entire life and I’ve made connections that will endure any length of time or distance. Overall, I feel that I…

Every step in this city results in sensory overload in the most wonderful way. The views of the river as you walk across one of the many beautiful bridges, the Toro del Oro standing tall, Las Setas, the Cathedral, and most of all, the friendly locals that inhabit the streets every hour of every day. The smells are wonderful with roasted chestnuts being sold on the streets, pastry shops on every corner, and tapas bars with outdoor seating. The sounds are distinct: horse hooves tapping with carriage rides…

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…

Studying abroad is a proven way to stand out from a sea of applicants when searching for a job. However, when combined with an international internship, studying abroad will distinguish you as a unique candidate who demonstrates drive, ambition, and flexibility. An international internship can allow you to… Show future employers that you are adaptable to new environments and possess a strong drive to learn Increase language proficiency through immersion Grow a network of global contacts Develop cross-cultural skills and global competence Gain experience in your desired field CEA offers summer…

5 days. 5 days is the amount of time I have left studying abroad here in Madrid. It feels like it was just yesterday that I had arrived in Madrid in September and now here I am about to close out my semester abroad. These past few days I really have been reflecting on my time here in Madrid. I’ve realized that in just over 4 months I have grown more than I thought I ever would and I have seen more than I ever thought possible. During…

For those like me, in the Communication, Media Studies, and Tourism Management program in Seville, you get to call yourself a student at EUSA. In this haven for media and creativity, you will see students working with video equipment, taking photographs, or collaborating on projects every day. EUSA is a small, private university with professors who have worked in the field and value hands on learning. At this school,  you have the opportunity to take classes in English or Spanish and with students from many different countries. Take…

Take a glimpse into all the incredible experiences and opportunities that study abroad holds. These are just a few of the places, the buildings, the views, and the people that I have come across during my time abroad. The possibilities of adventure and new experiences are endless. The world is at your fingertips while you’re abroad, take advantage of every moment and go see all that it has to offer! Lauryn H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Blogger in Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Senior studying Exercise…