My name is Mary Schmidt and I just recently returned from a semester abroad. I had the opportunity to travel to Barcelona, Spain and participate in CEA’s International Business program, which was very unique. I took two courses at the CEA Study Center with students from all over the United States, and other courses at a local university in Barcelona called Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
As the workplace becomes more global — and more emphasis is placed on intercultural communication — setting yourself apart in the job market is more important than ever. While study abroad is an incredible way to heighten any résumé, a service learning or internship placement abroad takes these invaluable skills to an entirely new level.
Engage with the culture on another level
As a CEA Alumni Ambassador, my job often includes talking about my own study abroad experience in Paris. I completely fell in love with France from day one, but being a foreigner in any country takes some getting used to. Here are five tips that are guaranteed to make people mistake you for the ultimate Parisian from the moment you arrive on French soil:
1. Bring reusable bags
A few days ago, I received an email from one of my good friends from Australia informing me of her upcoming arrival to Boston. My excitement over seeing Hilary next week reminded me of the wonderful times I enjoyed in Australia that I never shared!