Curiosity and creativity lie at the core of who I am as a cognitive science major. The field is unique in that it is a blend of many disciplines. It encompasses psychology, philosophy, computer science, and more, and integrates them into a comprehensive major for those who want to learn it all. In many ways, I have found Barcelona to be a lot like cognitive science. It is a blend of rich culture and history, beautiful beaches, delicious food, and exciting nightlife. I studied abroad to expand my…

For me, one of the most attractive qualities of the CEA Seville study abroad program was the excursions offered. In the past, students have been taken on visits to surrounding cities, like Granada and Cordoba, and other countries, like Morocco and Portugal. I already knew I would want to visit these places; knowing that the trips would be included, convenient, and an opportunity to bond with my fellow peers only further cemented my interest in the program. Recently, our program went on an overnight excursion to Granada. Only…

Ever since starting college, I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I had so many questions. Where? When? With what program? How long? Thanks to the help of my friends and advisor, it became any easy decision. CEA is one of two programs offered for students at Iowa State to study in Barcelona. My friend, Luci, already knew she wanted to study abroad through CEA in Barcelona because she is working on a Spanish minor. After talking with more friends and family, I found out a sorority…

CEA surpassed all of my dreams of what a study abroad program could be. From amazing teachers who want to give you their worldly knowledge to tapas classes taught by some of the best chefs in Barcelona, CEA really had it all. One of my favorite parts of CEA was the AICAP program. Academic Integrated Cultural Activities Programs, helps you connect your experiences outside the classroom with the content you learn in class. For a small deposit, CEA students are given the option to attend additional trips, whether…

My suitcase was under 50 pounds.  My travel documents were in check.  My boarding pass was in hand.  I was ready to take off for Madrid, Spain.  Hello, or should I say hola, my name is Cara, and I am the current MOJO Blogger in Madrid for Spring 2018.   I always knew I wanted to study abroad in college, and once I declared a minor in Spanish, I knew Spain was the obvious choice for where I should spend a semester of my life. Although I’ve only…

Follow me as I walk around Barcelona to see some of my favorite places. I walk by the Sagrada Família every day on my way to the metro and stop at Forn Verdaguer for coffee and croissants more than I should. Life in Barcelona has been a blast, and this vlog shows just a few of the many amazing sites to see here. Julia D. is the Spring 2018 CEA MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Finance & Marketing at Iowa State University.

Settling into a new country is no easy feat. That much can be acknowledged right off the bat. You’ve come to learn, to travel, and to see everything your country has to offer. Here are three tips to ensure you’re mentally and physically prepped to enjoy every second of your time abroad: Stay Balanced In those initial days (or weeks) after your arrival, you’ll be full of nervous energy. You’ll likely want to immerse yourself in the culture and experience everything you possibly can “like the locals.” This…

  It’s always scary to leave a place of comfort, but sometimes it helps you grow. When I graduated from high school, I moved twelve hours away from home. The transition from living in New York to living in South Carolina was more difficult than I could have imagined. Even so, I grew to love the two very different cultures that I was a part of. That experience affirmed my belief in studying abroad. I knew that although it would probably take some time, I could adjust and…

A major part of study abroad is the “study” portion.  The reality of my academic life abroad is the classes I am taking are incredibly different than the United States equivalent, and that is exactly what I had in mind before I got here. When I decided to study abroad, I knew I wanted to take classes that would both meet the requirements of my home university and actually interest me.  Now I can confidently say both of those things are checked off the list.  One of the…

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I’m an indecisive person. But one thing I had decided clearly in my mind when I started college was that I was going to study abroad. I didn’t know where or when, but I was going to make it happen one way or another. I’m also somewhat of a perfectionist, so choosing a study abroad program was quite a long process, but I started early and researched thoroughly. I attended my school’s study abroad meetings, requested information online, made phone calls, talked to my professors, and weighed out…