Go Unknown: Why You Should Study Abroad in a Non-Traditional Destination

When the majority of our students think about studying abroad, their minds automatically go to Western Europe. In fact, some of CEA’s most popular destinations are Spain, Italy and France. However, having studied abroad in a non-traditional country (Morocco), I can tell you that it was most definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made.

How NOT to go Crazy Packing for Your Semester Abroad

A lot of students—girls especially (sorry girls!)—tend to think it is necessary to bring everything they own on their study abroad adventure. I can tell you from first-hand experience that it’s not necessary! There is no use showing up to the airport in a foreign country with five suitcases when you only have two hands.

So, here are my top 5 packing tips for all of you adventurers out there! 


Desperately Seeking BFF: How to Make Friends While Studying Abroad

When I was getting ready to study abroad in Paris, it didn’t really occur to me that I would actually have to head off to a foreign country all on my own. It wasn’t until I found myself on a plane in late August that the reality of what I was about to do really hit me – and I began to panic a little as the questions raced through my mind:  

Would I make friends? Would I have to explore Paris by myself for four months? What if I ended up traveling alone?

Did You Know: 4 Tips For Choosing a Location

Studying abroad in Spain had been a dream of mine since learning about tapas, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and bullfights in my high school Spanish classes. When the time came in college to apply for a program, I was more than ready!

I chose a program in Alcalá de Henares (a city about 30 minutes from Madrid and the birthplace of  Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote) which was a great fit for my Spanish Literature focus. 

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