Category: My BCN Experience

My Experience + Tips to Avoid Pickpocketing in Barcelona

By Erran Owenby, Lenoir-Rhyne University Hola! My name is Erran Owenby. I attend the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) and my major is Graphic Design. I have been living in Barcelona for two months now and I have had one of the best experiences of my life. Along with all the excitement, there have been many challenges to studying abroad. One challenge that is specific to Barcelona is pickpocketing and I have been a victim of pickpocketing along with a few of my friends, so I am here to talk about my experiences and a few tips for...

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Illinois Wesleyan University Students Share Their Barcelona Experiences

Curious what it’s like to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain as an Illinois Wesleyan University student? Hear what students from Illinois Wesleyan University have to say about their experiences studying abroad through Barcelona SAE.  Thanks to Maddie, Anna, Emma, and Brianna for giving us an insider’s look at their Barcelona study abroad adventure.  Dreaming of having your own Barcelona adventure? Find a program that’s right for you and apply today!  Illinois Wesleyan University Study Abroad: Maddie Hutson Explains the Inexplicable Beauty of Her Study Abroad Experience Maddie Hutson, Illinois Wesleyan University student, studied abroad with Barcelona SAE in the...

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What I Learned While Visiting Barcelona

By Kenlee Morris, University of Michigan Unfortunately, my time in Barcelona is coming to an end. I’ve grown accustomed to living and taking classes in the city, and while I find myself missing my friends and family back home, I’m not dying to go back to Michigan. I can’t say that my journey was easy, however, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I made plenty of mistakes along the way. I hope that you can benefit from a reflection on my experience, as well as what I’ve learned from fellow travelers. One of the most important pillars of...

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Five Tips for the Soon-to-Be Sojourner

By Nyah Pierson, University of Michigan As you get ready to come to Barcelona, you may have heard of Parc Güell and you might even have heard of the amazing beach at Barceloneta…but I am going to give you a few tips that I wished I had known before coming to Barcelona: You will meet a lot of new people and you will make friends. I embarked on this trip thinking I might connect at most with my roommates, my host family, and a lot of the locals. I knew I could count on the staff at Barcelona SAE because...

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Personal Change

By Madelyn Swenson, Winona State University Distance, time, change, new place, new people. All of those will get you out of your comfort zone whether you like it or not. That is why I came. To get out of my comfort zone…something I have never been good at. But I can honestly say I am so happy I did it. I have learned so much about myself and it changed for the better. Everyone had their own experiences, good and bad but everyone I know will be going home a changed person. For me, leaving Minnesota for the first...

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