Experiencing Carnaval de Fraga in Spain

Apr 13, 2019 2:45:00 PM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Spring 2019 Diversity Advocates scholar Juan Gonzalez attends the Carnaval de Fraga and celebrates this lively annual tradition in Fraga, Spain. With millions of people of all ages participating in the Carnaval, the city ramps up its energy and shows off its fun side. Juan also falls in love with the city's culture and shares how he was welcomed by the locals!

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture

Things to Do For Less than $10 When Studying Abroad in Barcelona 

Apr 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

In Barcelona, at the time of writing, $10 USD buys you €8.76. If you’re on a tight student budget while you’re studying abroad, know that you can still have a great time in the city! We’ve rounded up 10 fun and/or useful experiences or things that this amount will buy. We will save the freebies for another post, so stay tuned for those.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Scholarships & Financing

Bienvenido a España! Getting to CAPA Barcelona

Mar 30, 2019 11:40:00 AM / by Victoria Irra

In her second vlog, Victoria Irra documents her journey to Spain and the CAPA Barcelona center with her class cohort from Riverside City College! 

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain

From Suburbia to a Global City - How Study Abroad Opened My World

Mar 28, 2019 10:53:00 AM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

In this post, CAPA Alumna Julia Schroder reflects on her summer interning in Barcelona. From adjusting to a city after living in a very suburban neighborhood, to exploring the multiculturalism of the city and making connections through her internship, Julia reflects on how studying abroad in Barcelona shifted her mindset.

I am a native Arizonan, born and raised in the Phoenix area. I come from desert suburbia – a place where everyone has a swimming pool in their backyard and we have so much land we don’t even know what to do with it. We drive on wide streets with six lanes, and we never walk anywhere.

In Arizona – such a young place – it is easy to forget that most places aren’t designed like that. When I arrived in Barcelona last summer, the first thing that I noticed were the narrow streets and the old buildings. One of my favorite things to do was walk around the city and take it all in. If I wasn’t in a rush, I would head to my destination on foot. It never took me more than an hour to cross from one side of the city to the other.

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Posted in: International Education, Barcelona, Spain

6 Packing Tips for a Semester Abroad in Barcelona

Mar 1, 2019 10:58:00 AM / by Victoria Irra

In her first vlog of the semester, Victoria Irra prepares to depart for a semester in Barcelona and has been packing away! From portable chargers to 3 months worth of spices - you'll want to watch more for Victoria's tips on what to pack and how to pack for a semester abroad. 

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

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

Meet Victoria Irra: Official CAPA Barcelona Vlogger Spring 2019

Jan 4, 2019 4:21:00 PM / by Victoria Irra

Meet Victoria Irra, an official CAPA Vlogger in Barcelona, Spain for Spring 2019:

University: Riverside City College
Major: Interpreting
Study abroad location: Barcelona, Spain
Internship or volunteer placement: N/A

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain

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

An Introvert's Guide to Barcelona: 10 Ways to Recharge

Dec 25, 2018 11:11:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Yes, CAPA global cities are bursting with people from around the globe and are inevitably busy places. They're also home to some pretty amazing quieter spaces too that give the introverts among us a chance to recharge and perhaps discover another, more peaceful, side of a bustling metropolis. We recommend picking up a copy of a book called Quiet Barcelona by Siobhan Wall before you go. It’s packed full of ideas, but here are 10 of our personal favorite ways to recharge in the city.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Barcelona, Spain, Activities Abroad, Top 10

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