Name a Better Duo than Barcelona and CEA Past Review

By (University of South Carolina - Columbia) - abroad from 01/04/2016 to 04/30/2017 with

CEA: Barcelona, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Going abroad allows you to get out of your comfort zone while experiencing something new every day. No two days are the same and that's what makes everything so worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The on-site administration is hands-down the best. Any questions or concerns you have they'll be their to help you figure it out right away.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

CEA does a great job of placing you in the living arrangements you want and with people you'll get a long with. The apartment I lived in was great and in a perfect location.

* Food:

Tapas are incredible…not much more to say!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

CEA offers tons of activities to immense you in the culture. I loved getting around my city for the four months I was there and felt like I was part of the city.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

CEA is incredibly helpful in making sure you know how to stay safe in the city and what to do if something goes wrong. I did not have any issues with the safety of Barcelona!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

The program had everything I needed and Barcelona was the greatest city to spend four months in.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get good at cooking to save a ton of money! Groceries are very cheap. Eating out on average only cost about 10 euros for a full meal so nothing too expensive!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Excursions
  • Food
  • Nightlife
* What could be improved?
  • Meeting Spanish Students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Stay in your home city on the weekends! There's no need to travel every weekend like some people do. I didn't know Barcelona would be the best decision I've ever made!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.