Seeing what life is like as a study abroad student was something I really valued when deciding to go abroad. “What would the streets look like? What would my commute to school look like? What would I do? How many classes would I take? How long would my classes be?” I hope this short snippet of my life as a Madrid student answers those questions for you. It’s busy, fun, and filled with travel and learning new things. And this is ONLY one of the many days I’ve…

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One of the best parts of studying abroad in Europe was being able to travel to a different country every weekend because they are all only a few hour plane ride away! Plus being in such a central location with an amazing international airport like Barcelona, you are given unprecedented access to almost anywhere you could want to go. What I didn’t realize was how hard it was going to be to narrow down where to go each weekend! So I decided to make future study abroad students…

Here are my first thoughts upon arriving in Barcelona. Hopefully after reading this, your questions will be answered! How am I ever going to learn my way around? Barcelona was one of the biggest European cities I had ever been to. When I arrived it was dark and I could not actually see how widely the city expanded. I came to understand that I lived pretty much as far away from the ocean as they could have placed me. But with Barcelona’s amazing transportation systems, it was really…

I have been in Madrid for just a short time and it already has been one of the biggest cultural learning experiences of my life. Being a student in the United States is very different from being a student in Spain. There are so many things I didn’t know about the academic system in Spain and what being a student would be like here. I am int the Spanish Language & Culture program here in Madrid. When I first enrolled with CEA, I was allowed to pick my…

I looked at other places like Argentina, Brazil, and many others, but I knew that Spain was going to give me the best experience for me to really practice my Spanish. I completely engulfed myself in the Spanish culture and would have to practice the language every single day, wherever I go. If I go to the grocery store, restaurant, social event, school, anywhere, I have to speak Spanish (of course many people speak English here), but the point of going abroad to learn a language is to…

When I was first looking into going abroad, there were several programs that offered places I wanted to go. I had a difficult time narrowing down the specific city I wanted to study in, solely because there are so many incredible places in the world to go. How does someone choose just one? But I came to the conclusion that my goals for going abroad (improving my Spanish Language) could be greatly achieved by studying and living in Spain. I also loved the idea of the opportunity to…

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,…

While abroad, I encountered surely one of the greatest challenges that could have come up for a study abroad student. I thought everything would run smoothly during my time here in Madrid, but life always throws curve balls when you least expect it. In short, I got appendicitis. I remember walking to the private hospital nearby because the pain wouldn’t go away and I knew something was really wrong. I walked in and immediately felt culture shock because I could only speak a little Spanish. How on earth…

There are so many great opportunities to enhance your study abroad experience in Barcelona. You can do an internship, volunteer, or take a career development seminar, just to name a few. Maria Mateu, who is part of the CEA team in Barcelona, oversees all of these programs! I conducted a short Q&A session with Maria to have her explain a bit about some of these amazing opportunities. Sarah H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Graphic Design at Champlain…

Being part of CEA’s program is truly a blessing, as they give us so many incredible opportunities to learn and grow in the Spanish culture. This past weekend is a great example: CEA took us to Seville, Spain. We all met at the Atocha Renfe train station in Madrid, on a Friday morning. We took about a 3 and a half hour train ride to Seville, and once we arrived, we took a coach bus to our hotel. We stayed at a beautiful hotel just 10 minutes walking…