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5 Things You Must Try in Barcelona

By Dylan Kane, University of Michigan Summer Internship Program 1. Visit Park Ciutadella It is absolutely breath-taking, and having not personally discovered this park until my sixth week living in the city, I can say that it is one of Barcelona’s best hidden gems. Also, the Barcelona Zoo is right next door if animals are your cup of tea! 2. Give “Calamares en su tinta” a Try If you are a fan of seafood, I would highly recommend trying “Calamares en su tinta” (Squid served in it’s own ink)! This dish is especially exotic, zesty, spiced and served with white rice; I tried this dish at Market Hotel: Carrer del Comte Borrell, 68, 08015 Barcelona. 3. Take a Cooking Class Barcelona Cooking offers classes for large groups of 20+ people and they are located on Las Ramblas. In our cooking session we learned to make Gazpacho (a cold, tomato-based Spanish soup), Tortilla de Patatas (the Spanish omelette), and Paella de Pollo (an amazing Spanish rice-based dish, shown in the process of cooking above). 4. Take a Trip to Costa Brava I had the privilege of visiting Palamós and surrounding villages in mid-June for a weekend trip with my girlfriend, and it was absolutely gorgeous. Palamós has a very vibrant community of tapas bars, and in the top photo we can be seen standing in front of the port of...

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Traveling Internationally for the First Time? The Must Knows!

Post by Allison Ross,  Former University Relations Representative Studying abroad is a nerve-wracking experience no matter what your travel background is.  However, for those traveling internationally for the first time the preparation is especially important.  Here are some quick tips to make sure you are prepared for your Barcelona adventure! Banking and Logistics Make sure you bring copies of your passport, credit cards, driver’s license and other important documents.  If you happen to lose any of this personal information it is easier to cancel cards if you already have this information on hand.  Similarly, leave copies of this information with your parents; it is always great to have a backup plan for the worst-case situations. Call your credit card company before leaving, if they do not know you’re traveling abroad there is a high chance your credit card will be deactivated.  With that being said, make sure you are aware of what types of fees you will be facing with using your debit or credit card. Many places in Spain do not accept credit cards, especially at the local markets, so always make sure to have cash! Electricity adaptors in Spain are a lot more affordable to buy once you arrive. Feel free to bring an adaptor of your own, otherwise you can find them at most convenient stores.  Be aware that devices such as hair dryers and curling...

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The Importance of International Education in Today’s World

Post by Michele Friedmann, Former Graduate Intern As an MA candidate for my International Education degree I could go on and on about the importance of international education in today’s world! Real world international experience, ability to work well with others from different backgrounds, future employment opportunities, increased confidence and skills living independently, a worldlier outlook on life and perhaps increased foreign language skills are to name just a few! After studying abroad a record breaking three times at Gettysburg College, it is an understatement to say I’m a major fan of taking my education overseas. I probably spent as much time at the study abroad office as I did in some of my education courses, but it was well worth it. I can’t even keep record of the amount of times I’ve reflected on my experiences abroad and utilized those occurrences to write a paper, join a discussion in graduate school, tell a friend, or inspire another student to go abroad! During graduate school I was asked to write a paper about the importance of incorporating cultural immersion and awareness within study abroad programs. An image of my homestay family in Japan quickly flashed through my mind. It was the most profound experience of my entire time circumnavigating the world on Semester at Sea, and one I almost bailed on. I had a group of friends that tried...

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How to Highlight your International Experience to Employers!

Post by Michele Friedmann, Former Graduate Intern First of all, if you are reading this, congrats to you for having an international experience to highlight on your resume! In today’s world, more and more employers are seeking out culturally diverse and experienced employees who can work effectively in a global workplace. Studying or interning abroad does way more than benefit your personal, professional and academic growth; it can also enhance your marketability! Employers are increasingly seeking out students who have an overseas experience. They recognize that those who have interned or studied abroad are likely to possess skills highly sought after and needed in the global economy These skills include: cross-cultural communication skills, economic and geographical knowledge, analytical skills, flexibility, ability to adapt, understanding of local customs, and in some cases proficiency of a foreign language. So it’s important those who have international experience highlight these key skills and qualities to potential employers. In today’s competitive market, you must find ways to distinguish yourself and stand out! As you prepare your resume, be sure to highlight your study or intern abroad experiences. It’s beneficial to include relevant global experience on your resume and to be prepared with a relevant story to tell in an interview. By listing these experiences you are showing employers that you are versatile, adaptable, willing to seek out new experiences and able to succeed in...

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Barcelona Before and After

Guest Post by Former Graduate Intern Michele Friedmann I knew this graduate internship placement was perfect for me ever since I fell in love with Barcelona 10 years ago when I first visited and vowed to go back! I was fortunate enough to get asked along on a group trip to Spain when I was 20 years old. I jumped at the chance to explore a new country and culture! While in Barcelona I was immediately impressed by the plethora of sights to see, food to taste, and culture to take in. Our hotel was situated near the heart of downtown, with a view of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. I had never before seen such a thriving city with a laid back and blissful beach just blocks away. The energy was palpable, and I was in heaven! Due to the anticipation and excitement of being in a brand new city I couldn’t sleep on the first night of arrival. I woke up early and took a stroll down well-known Las Ramblas street. I couldn’t control my eyes from darting back and forth at all the dazzling street performers entertaining crowds of tourists and locals alike with their juggling skills, mining abilities and fearlessness when it came to sword throwing. I could smell the aroma of locally made foods and it was difficult to walk briskly by all the handicrafts....

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