Category: Alumni Post

3 Ways an International Internship Transformed My Career

Sam Areman, a Barcelona SAE intern alumna, writes about her internship experience and how it’s affected her life years after her internship concluded. In the fall of 2015, I was approaching graduation with zero idea of what I wanted to do with my “career.” I would soon be graduating with degrees in marketing, management, and Spanish; but had no clear trajectory on what the future held. So, after considering a few different options, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue an international internship through Barcelona SAE. A three-month program that would allow me to intern at...

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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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Tips for Traveling Abroad as a Person of Color

By Jalan Gunning, North Carolina A&T State University In September of 2019, I was able to hop on a plane and embark on a new chapter of my life in Barcelona, Spain and it was the best decision I could have ever made. Although leaving my family and friends was the toughest part, I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go and live in another country. Growing up I never thought I would be able to travel to Barcelona, let alone Europe. There was always that voice in the back of my head telling me that...

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La Mercé

Hola readers! My name is Iryna, and I’m Barcelona SAE’s newest student blogger. I’ve hailed to Espana from Ball State University. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this midwestern gem, it’s about 45 minutes north of Indianapolis, Indiana. Two weekends ago, I experienced one of the greatest traditions in Catalunya – La Mercé. The celebration honors the patron Saint of Barcelona, Virgin de la Mercé and marks the end of the summer.  While the actual holiday was on September 24th, the city sparked with neighborhood pride for five full days. Whether you wanted to attend a concert, parade or traditional showing, there wasn’t any shortage of entertainment for all age groups. Best of all, the entire festival was FREE! The first event that I attended was a concert at Plaza Espana which is home to the Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya (MNAC). The stage was beautifully set up with a backdrop of Montjuic’s Magic Fountain as thousands of young Catalonians including the transplants like myself danced to the beats of local artists. After a few hours of mingling, my friends and I decided to call it a night, but we were deeply mistaken. As we stepped on the metro, the crowd continued to celebrate by singing national songs. The energy was contagious so we couldn’t resist but to join in on the chanting! Another, pinnacle event was...

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Why Barcelona SAE?

Elizabeth Aguillon is a UC Riverside student majoring in Business and studied in Barcelona through Barcelona SAE. It was early October of 2012 that I attended UC Riverside’s Study Abroad Fair. I was walking around looking at all the different programs that were being offered when I happened to walk by a table that simply said ‘Barcelona SAE’. Believe it or not that grabbed my attention right away. Barcelona, Spain had been my number one dream destination for quite some time. At the table there was a representative, Elena. If I had to think back on the one moment that convinced me to take that chance to study abroad it would be meeting and speaking to Elena. She was so excited about the program and it was very contagious. She made everything sound so great. Her passion and love for Barcelona was truly amazing. After hearing about the program and all it had to offer I was sold and had signed up to receive more information about the program and begin the process. A year later I am now currently studying here in Barcelona at BIC. I have been in Spain since September 3rd and it has already been the most amazing experience of my life. In only a couple weeks my life has been changed for the better in so many different ways. Everything that I have seen too has...

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