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6 Things You Realize at the End of Your Semester Abroad

Jan 13, 2019 9:13:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

When you study abroad, there are some things you can prepare ahead for and tips you pick up along the way through experience. Fresh from finishing her semester in Barcelona, Maya looks back on her time abroad and lists 6 things she's realized over the last few months. She shares this and more practical study abroad advice in her last post—from balancing time in your host city to becoming more independent while doing things alone.

I wrote this blog post at 4am because jet lag is NO JOKE, and a six-hour time difference makes a big impact on your sleep schedule. Back in Barcelona, it is 10am. I would be up on my way to my favorite cafe, next to my flat, for a freshly squeezed orange juice and croissant before class. Can you tell I miss Spain already?

Studying abroad was one of the scariest and most exciting things I’ve ever done, and even though four months feels like forever, it went by SO fast. My housemates and I have been talking in our group chat since we left, crying about how much we want to go back! Being in Spain was a rollercoaster of opportunities, emotions, and never-ending new experiences. With that, here are my top takeaways from spending a semester in Barcelona.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Why Study Abroad

How to Handle Language Barriers When Studying Abroad in Barcelona

Jan 3, 2019 11:36:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

One of the many things you can pick up while studying abroad is a new language! In this week's post, Maya broaches the topic of the language barrier in Spain and how she overcame her doubts to learn and practice Catalan and Spanish in Barcelona. She shares several tips and strategies to grasp a new language and make it one of the highlights of your study abroad experience. 

One of the biggest skills you can gain from studying abroad is a better grasp on a new language. For me, one of my goals is to be bilingual and Barcelona was a perfect place to do so! However, I did not know going into this that Spanish is not actually the main language spoken in Barcelona—it’s actually Catalan. While this is very similar to Spanish it is a completely different language and can really confuse you, especially if you had no idea this language existed.

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Posted in: Language, Barcelona, Spain

Taking in All the Barcelona Culture During Our Farewell Celebrations

Dec 27, 2018 10:49:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

In this week's post, Maya and her fellow CAPA Barcelona students get a chance to witness a Flamenco dance show up close at their farewell dinner. They were also treated to a dose of Barcelona culture in the form of dance lessons, live singing, and a traditional Spanish band. Goodbyes are hard, but they surrounded themselves in the warm company of friends and professors and made memories together!

Our final days of Barcelona were bittersweet, and we spent our last moments taking advantage of this wonderful place. CAPA planned some events for us to enjoy and spend some time together before taking flight back to our home towns. The first event was a mini party with all our professors, office staff, and classmates. We had snacks and drinks, and it was a great moment to take pictures and spend time with everyone before heading home.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture

On Being a Minority in a City Like Barcelona

Dec 20, 2018 9:35:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

In this week's post, Maya sheds light on the reality of being a minority in Barcelona and shares her views on living in a country with a completely different language. She also opens up about her identity as a black woman and contrasts her living experience in Boston to her semester abroad; and expresses her commitment to improving her Spanish conversational skills.

Studying abroad has really given me a chance to reflect on who I am as a person, and what I identify myself as. I am an American black woman from the inner city of Boston, my only fluent language is English, and I am currently working on my Spanish. These traits made me incredibly different from the population of Barcelona. When signing up for study abroad, I expected a lot more diversity than what is really here. I thought it would be a bit like England, where there is a mix of many different looking people. I was very, very wrong. Majority of Barcelona is white, there are little to no black people which made me a big minority, which I am not used to.

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Posted in: Diversity Abroad, Barcelona, Spain

5 Study Abroad Preparation Tips from a CAPA Barcelona Student

Nov 29, 2018 1:31:00 PM / by Maya Crawford

Thinking about location, money, and the best study abroad program for you? With a semester in Barcelona almost wrapped up, Maya shares 5 important tips on how to prepare ahead for an exciting experience!

While studying abroad is an exciting and fun experience, there is a lot of work that goes into getting yourself ready to embark on that journey. There's paperwork, money, flights, and more that you must handle, and it is pretty much all up to you to make sure it gets done. In this blog post I will tell you about what that process is like, and some things I did to prepare myself.

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Posted in: Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Barcelona, Spain

Top 10 Places to Eat in Barcelona

Nov 20, 2018 4:28:56 PM / by Maya Crawford

In this week's post, Maya lists her top 10 recommended restaurants and cafes to eat in Barcelona, which includes a mix of local and international cuisines, pastries, desserts, and affordable, student-friendly options.

When applying to study in Barcelona, one of the things I was most excited about was the food. I couldn’t wait to get to Spain and taste all the new and yummy foods. In today’s blog post I am going to tell you my top 10 restaurants and cafes (so far). They are not going to be in any particular order because all of these places specialize in their own specific cuisines, so I recommend them all equally. :)

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Posted in: Food Abroad, Barcelona, Spain

A Week Spent in Rome, Italy and on the Island of Mallorca, Spain

Nov 15, 2018 11:15:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

In this week's post, Maya recaps how she spent her fall break enjoying what Rome and Mallorca had to offer from delicious dishes to beautiful beaches...as well as the chance to live out a scene from the Lizzie McGuire movie! Also check out some of Maya's pro tips for an affordable fall break abroad.

This past week was fall break, and after we all finished our midterms, we earned this week away from classes and internships. My housemates and I all made different plans to see new countries, and some went to visit friends who are also studying abroad this semester. My fall break plans consisted of visiting Rome, Italy, and Mallorca of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. My boyfriend also planned to come visit, and he actually showed up a day early to surprise me (YAY).

It felt so great to see a familiar face from home after being in Spain for a few months! We planned both of our trips by checking Google flights, which directed us to super cheap RYANAIR flights, and used the website STA Travels to book really nice hotels for amazingly low prices.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Why Study Abroad

Heads in the Clouds on a Hike up Montserrat

Nov 1, 2018 10:39:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

In this week's post, Maya recalls her excursion to Montserrat in Barcelona with the CAPA group, from a beautiful and strenuous hike into the clouds to seeing views of Barcelona and hearing the Montserrat boys choir sing.  

This past weekend CAPA hosted another My Global Cities event. This time, it was a trip to the mountains of Montserrat! Before coming to Barcelona I had never heard of this place before, and had no idea what was in store for me upon arrival.

We began the day early, waking up before the sun and went to meet our tour guide in the city center. It was really cool seeing Barcelona during sunrise, when the world was still sleeping and no cars were on the road. This sounds so simple, but it truly is an interesting experience to see a place you are used to seeing in constant motion, completely still.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture

What Classes at CAPA Barcelona Are Actually Like

Oct 19, 2018 2:59:00 PM / by Maya Crawford

In this week's post, Maya goes through the details of her class schedule, field trips, workloads, and expected attendance, explaining what academics with CAPA Barcelona are actually look like. 

A lot of times when people think about studying abroad, they are only picturing themselves traveling, going out, and experiencing new things in their chosen country. While this is a big part of studying abroad there, IS actual studying that you will be doing! The good thing about CAPA is that all the classes are held at the CAPA center in the middle of the city, so there is no getting lost finding your classes across a huge campus or any confusing language barriers.

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Posted in: International Education, Barcelona, Spain

An Internship with The Food Intelligence Company

Oct 18, 2018 10:31:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

In this week's post, Maya tells us about her internship with The Food Intelligence in Sant Cugat, Spain, just an easy train ride from Barcelona!

One thing about my study abroad experience that differs from others is my internship. Because the Barcelona program consisted of a smaller group of students, I decided to do an internship so that I would be more immersed into the culture, and meet more locals. I am getting all of this and more at my internship placement! I am working under Jose M. Cobo at The Food Intelligence located in Sant Cugat, Spain.

The beginning stages of my internship were just like applying for a real job. I had to send in my resume and a cover letter to my CAPA advisor, and preference of the type of internship placement I would like to receive. My major is entrepreneurship, and I am very interested in the food industry so they placed me in a company that focuses on just that! One of the main things my supervisor does is consult with small company owners to help them create a business plan that will help their company flourish.

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Posted in: Internships Abroad, Barcelona, Spain

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