Packing for Spain

I thought about and discussed packing strategies a lot prior to leaving. After much consideration I decided to check 1 large suitcase, bring a carry-on that I could use for weekend trips around Europe, and my backpack for school. Packing 4 months and 2 seasons worth of clothing in 1 suitcase is not an easy…

Bienvenue à Paris: CEA Paris Introduction

Bonjour! Today marks my fifth day in Paris. I have dreamed of living in Paris for years and I can not believe that I am finally here! As I grew up, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel with my family and visit various family members around the globe. As I lived in…

Hola from Madrid

I am currently writing this in Madrid, Spain! I am a junior marketing major in the business school and I couldn’t be more excited to start my abroad journey. I have always wanted to study abroad but the fact that it is actually happening is so surreal. I am from a small town in New…

ISA Madrid: Introduction

Studying abroad for a semester in college has been a goal as well as a dream of mine for many years. I was fortunate enough to have been given the chance to participate in the two week Plus 3 program in Milan, Italy my freshman year, but I was still eager to travel and further…

Spain Introduction

Hi everyone!! My name is Rachel Orloff and I am currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am double majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain Managment with a certificate in Business Analytics. At school I am in a sorority, a member of CHAARG, a member of She’s the First, and I play intramural…

The End of a Journey

I am about to arrive back in Madrid for the last time after traveling around Europe with my family for two weeks. I would highly recommend this if your family likes to travel, it was a great way to end my program and will give me an easier transition back into my normal life. Looking…

Hasta Luego Madrid

With the fresh wound of being forced out of my study abroad bubble yesterday, I am so grateful for this life-changing opportunity given to me. Before going abroad, I was a confident person paired with lots of uncertainty- which I know seems very contradictory. I was confident within myself but became very torn when it…

Living like a Local…Full-time

Imagining my life as a full-time resident of Madrid is not entirely too hard to envision, it is something that I hope to do at some point down the line for a period of time. I’d like to live in La Latina, a quaint little neighborhood filled with local restaurants and shops at every turn….

My 4 Tips for Studying in Madrid

Here are a few tips that really helped me cut costs and become part of the Spanish culture. If anyone would like more specific tips about studying in Madrid such as transportation or area recommendations please feel free to reach out. 1. Do your research and plan ahead (traveling). This should go almost without saying…