Brent G., Spain/Italy- European Transformations (Global Studies)

When given the option of studying in two of the most beautiful and intriguing cities in the world, ¿porque no los dos? ACADEMICS 1. What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I took two Art History classes and two language classes while abroad, one in each city. … More Brent G., Spain/Italy- European Transformations (Global Studies)

Sophia M., Spain- Complutense Univ. of Madrid (Communication & minors in Spanish/TMP)

From studying abroad to simply living abroad, the advantages of one full year, becoming fully immersed and enamored by the life and city of Madrid. ACADEMICS 1. What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I took 5 Communication courses for my major & 3 Spanish courses for … More Sophia M., Spain- Complutense Univ. of Madrid (Communication & minors in Spanish/TMP)

Lori M., Spain- Carlos III Univ. Madrid (Communication & Global Studies)

A semester in Spain (and 15 other countries). ACADEMICS 1. What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I took Advertising and Communication which went towards my Communication major, a Spanish language class, an Identity and Culture in Globalization course just for fun that ended up giving me … More Lori M., Spain- Carlos III Univ. Madrid (Communication & Global Studies)

Kaley C., Spain- Univ. of Barcelona (Communication & Global Studies)

Mastering a foreign language in a non-English speaking country and navigating Europe ACADEMICS 1. What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I took classes with both students from my Study Center and students from my host university! All were taught in Spanish, however the topics covered were … More Kaley C., Spain- Univ. of Barcelona (Communication & Global Studies)

Claire Schuster, Spain, Universitat de Barcelona (Global Studies)

What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal?  My biggest fear about studying abroad was being so far away from home without my friends and family. The second I stepped foot in Spain, however, this fear was completely blown aside as I met all the other students … More Claire Schuster, Spain, Universitat de Barcelona (Global Studies)

Taylor Preston, Spain/Italy, Mediterranean Politics,Food & Culture (Communication)

What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? My biggest fear about studying abroad was being away from my family and friends for such an extended period of time, but my roommates and I grew close very quickly, and I forgot about being homesick in no time. … More Taylor Preston, Spain/Italy, Mediterranean Politics,Food & Culture (Communication)

Rylie Becerra, Spain, University of Barcelona (Communication)

  What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal?  My biggest fear was making mistakes speaking Spanish in my classes. I was afraid my accent was really bad and that I would make lots of grammar mistakes. Turns out, no one cares if you make mistakes! The … More Rylie Becerra, Spain, University of Barcelona (Communication)

Jordan Yutan, Spain, Contemporary Spain, UC Center Madrid (Sociology & Global Studies)

What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? Commuting is integrated into the daily life of madrileños and a fear I had was struggling to find my way around Madrid to get where I needed to go. It didn’t help that I have a terrible sense of … More Jordan Yutan, Spain, Contemporary Spain, UC Center Madrid (Sociology & Global Studies)

Amelia Strom, Spain, University of Granada (Biopsychology)

What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? One of my biggest fears was not being able to find new friends in my program or outside of it, but all of us UC students bonded immediately and they will be life-long friends. I was also able to … More Amelia Strom, Spain, University of Granada (Biopsychology)