Virtual Internship in Amsterdam

Meet John Mulligan, a Game Design major and junior at DePaul University. John had the honor of being CEA’s first virtual intern “in” Amsterdam, and was placed with Team Building Games Franchise. This Dutch company doesn’t create just any team building games, but Escape Room-type games! They even host the Dutch National Escape Game Championship….

Hosting My Host Mom

By: Liz Spencer In September 2017 my best friend, Sophia, and I departed from Chicago to study Arabic language in Amman, Jordan. Once we arrived at the Queen Alia Airport, we grabbed our bags and got into the car that would take us to meet our host family. At that point all the information we…

Keep it Real: Preparing for Study Abroad As a Non-Traditional Student

By Amber Davis I am going to make a keep it real blog post about preparing for my life changing study abroad trip to Germany as a non-traditional student. Guess what, if you’re reading this, your already non-traditional, so I will break down the barriers that you could run into, that nobody (wants to) talk…

The Beauty of Merida

By Claire Trinkle, written in September 2020 When I arrived in Merida, the first thing that hit me was the heat. Stepping off the plane, I felt like I was being covered in a blanket of hot air. It was completely different from the below-freezing temperatures I had left behind in Chicago. I thought after…

Defining Home: A Reflection of Spring Break in Ireland

By Tea Preradovic, written in April 2019 FY@broad Ireland couldn’t have been at a better time, serving as a better reminder. The academic and personal events aligned and complemented each other with no initial intent of making it happen that way. As I write this reflection, I am at my home in the Northwest suburb…

Painting Moments Permanent

By Tea Preradovic Personal Permanence: An Introduction Ireland must be painted with acrylics, pastels, or oil in order for it to be accurately depicted. While it’s exciting to produce, it’s important to forgive ourselves, for even then, no picture is polished enough to mimic the sensation of observing with our own eyes. I’ve observed Ireland…

Postcards Con Palabras: Hablo español, tengo dos corazones

By Alex Anadiotis. Originally published as a newsletter– subscribe here. Hello everyone! ¡Hola a todos! I am currently typing the final Postcard con Palabras, whilst sitting aboard my flight back to the US. If I am being completely honest with you all, I did not feel like I had it in me to write this final installment for quite…

Exchange Student Life: Arrival, Adjustment, Experience

By Charlotte Pin. Originally published here. Studying abroad, as they say, is a life changing experience. We’re lucky! We’ll return with a variety of new insights, discovering new parts of ourselves and the world at large. A new culture involves new means of adjustment, each student navigating in their own way. But is it ever…

Postcards Con Palabras: I’m a Student First, and a Tour Guide Second

By Alex Anadiotis. Originally published as a newsletter– subscribe here. Hello everyone! ¡Hola a todos! I come writing to you once again later than usual. It is a common myth that students studying abroad rarely have homework, and lately, I have been pretty occupied with school assignments and program commitments. Speaking of school, I don’t believe I’ve officially mentioned…

Postcards Con Palabras: Halfway There, Could Use ALL Your Prayers

By Alex Anadiotis. Originally published as a newsletter– subscribe here. Hello everyone! ¡Hola a todos! My apologies for writing this “Postcard con Palabras” a few days later than expected, in truth, things have been moving faster than I can possibly keep up with (I always have had an advanced natural talent for being a terrible endurance-keeper-upper), and in the…

Critical Language Scholarship- Alumni Q+A

By Clare VanSpeybroeck Tell us about your Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program in Jordan. What were the best features of the program? How did your language skills improve while you were there? CLS implements Arabic programs in three countries — Morocco, Jordan, and Oman. I was excited to find I was placed in Amman, Jordan…

Postcards con palabras: In Sickness AND in Health

By Alex Anadiotis. Originally published as a newsletter– subscribe here. Hello everyone! ¡Hola a todos! I hope that this “Postcard con Palabras” finds you well and settling into the fall weather – whatever that looks like where you are! It’s been just a little over two weeks since I last wrote to you all, and yet it feels…