Category: Culture

My Fútbol Experience in Barcelona

by Samuel Restrepo, Rhode Island College You are finally here! After all your hard work you landed in Barcelona, one of the best cities in the world for an incredible fútbol (soccer!) experience. But how exactly do you immerse yourself in the fútbol culture while in Spain? Here, I will share 3 things that you can do to spend your time abroad as a true Barça fan. Watching a Barça Game at a Local Sports BarEven if you have never watched a single fútbol game in your life, I strongly recommend that you experience a fútbol game at one...

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Want to Become a Better Entrepreneur? Travel Abroad

By Sam Areman, Student Advising & Partner Relations Coordinator Countless factors contribute to a successful entrepreneur’s career path, but what is the role that education abroad specifically contributes to this process? Is there an actual correlation between entrepreneurship and traveling abroad? Let’s take a look. A History of Entrepreneurs Abroad In 1983, Howard Schultz, former Starbucks CEO and chairman, traveled to Italy and was awe-struck at the brilliant espresso cafes he witnessed throughout Milan. The cafes gave people a meeting place to share in an experience, a novel idea at the time for the United States. Schultz brought this...

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An Encounter with Culture Shock

By Trevaleyus Harris, Albion College Learning about culture shock is very different than actually experiencing it. Here in Barcelona, I was introduced to some local college students. I met a student from the Basque Country in Spain. As we were walking around Plaça Catalunya, he told me about his time studying in Barcelona and some things he does as part of his culture. He told me that when he has dinner with his friends and family, they would typically start around 9 or 10 pm and would not end until 11 pm or even midnight. I thought to myself,...

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Embracing Discomfort

Hola chicos, qué tal! My name is Kendra Espiritu, I am a Junior at New Mexico State University, born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. I am pursuing my Bachelor’s in International Business and minoring in International Studies and Spanish. Here in the beautiful city of Barcelona, I am attending the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and taking international business and humanities classes in both Spanish and English. I am living in an apartment in the heart of the city with the coolest roommates, exploring the city by foot, meeting new people, making life long friends and of course constantly practicing...

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Planning a Weekend Trip to San Sebastián

By Rebecca Land, Missouri State University During your study abroad experience, there is an abundance of cities to visit. One of my favorite places I’ve traveled to is San Sebastián. San Sebastián is a coastal city located on the northern edge of Spain. A friend of a friend recommended it, so my friends and I decided to plan a little getaway weekend. It ended up being such a gorgeous place, and now I recommend it to everyone I meet. How to Get ThereWe used the app Omio to find the cheapest route to San Sebastián. Traveling by bus ended...

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