A Day in the Life in Spain by: Sydney Anderson

A typical day in the life while living in Spain is something that I never want to forget. I wake up around 9am, and I head downstairs for breakfast. Breakfast is fairly small consisting of coffee, fruit, bread, and maybe a yogurt. My host mom is usually in the kitchen waiting for me, so we will enjoy our coffee together. I then go back upstairs to get ready for school…

Living with A Host Family by Sydney Anderson

While studying abroad in Trujillo, Spain, I have been living with a truly amazing host family. Before I traveled to Spain, I was very nervous about living with a host family. I was worried about the language barrier, because I have never taken any Spanish classes. We were warned that the citizens of Trujillo spoke little to no English, and that includes our host families. I was also just nervous…

Getting Involved by Lauren Anderson

Before coming abroad, I never realized how much I valued having a routine and doing activities that keep me busy. While I am now fully adjusted, the slow and relaxed Spanish lifestyle was a huge change. During the adjustment period it is so important to find thing you love or even pick up new hobbies that you can enjoy in your host country and even bring back home with you!…

Introduction by Madison Caranta

Name: Madison Caranta Major: International Business Minor 1: Global Logistics and Transportation Minor 2: Economics Host Program/Institution: TEAN – Singapore Management University (SMU) Why did you choose your program? I chose this program because I’d never been to Asia. I was born and raised in France, so I know Europe quite well. My mother is American, and I visit her side of the family in the US rather often. Therefore,…

A Day in Rome by Chase Lee

Hello! My name is Chase Lee, and I am currently a senior at the College of Charleston, studying abroad in Rome, Italy for the Fall 2023 semester. I have been in Rome for about two months now and have loved every minute of it. When I wrote my first blog post, the last place that I had visited was Barcelona. Since then, I have traveled to Venice and the Amalfi…

South of Spain by Taylor Henry

This past week we traveled to South of Spain. A much more colorful, diverse city in aspects of dance, art, expression, and people. As a whole Spain is a more direct culture in mannerisms, speech, and action but it still catches me off guard when I experience it. It makes connecting with people that much more interesting because there is less pressure for everyone to be in agreement whereas your…

First Weekend in Trujillo by Taylor Henry

The first weekend we arrived was during a huge regional fiesta to celebrate Extremadura. If you’ve lived in Spain, then you know that loyalty lies in your region and Spaniard identify most with the region than the country. The party began after dinner around 10 pm and there was a DJ hired to perform in the Plaza Mayor until around 3am. There were families and people of all age gathered…

Semester at Sea by Chase Hirshorn

I embarked on the World Odyssey, a 700-person ship in Antwerp, Belgium, bidding farewell to land, service and the familiarity of daily life. Thus began my life at sea school, Semester At Sea. In an unconventional classroom setting, we find ourselves aboard a cruise ship where lounging by the pool between classes is the norm, and running on the treadmills offered breathtaking ocean views instead of Sterling Center walls. Semester…

John Cabot University by Chase Lee

  Hello! My name is Chase Lee, and I am currently a senior at College of Charleston. I have been studying abroad in Rome, Italy fora little over a month now, and I absolutely love it! I am so grateful for this opportunity, this trip has already been something I will remember for the rest of my life. John Cabot University is a little different than College of Charleston. For…

Introduction by Maikalani Peterson

Hello, my name is Maikalani Peterson. I am majoring in Arts Management with a music concentration, and I am minoring in Film Studies. I am a junior who is currently studying abroad this semester in Hirakata, Japan at Kansai Gaidai University. I chose to do this program because I took two years of Japanese at the College of Charleston with Chikuma Sensei and Yamaji. They inspired me to study abroad…