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Ana, SAI Barcelona Alumna

My name is Ana Harrison, I’m a rising senior at the University of South Carolina and I’m going to be an SAI ambassador this year! This past spring I had the time of my life studying abroad in Barcelona, and this is a little video I pieced together of the six countries I visited when I went abroad.

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The Fascinating Coffee World in Spain

Mireia, SAI Barcelona Program Coordinator

Looking for an immersion into local life in Spain… order and enjoy a nice coffee! How important is it to know how to order a coffee in Spain? What does coffee mean in Spanish Culture? Actually it means much more than I even thought! It means everything: a good start of the day, a warm and homey smell, a pleasure for mindfulness and the most important… a perfect way of socializing!

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Jumping in to Barcelona

Casey, Barcelona, Spring 2017

After weeks of brainstorming what to bring, packing, figuring out flights, and racing the clock, the time finally came for us to head abroad to Barcelona. As I sat on a seven hour flight to Paris, and a little over an hour flight to Barcelona, I never could have imagined what I was about to experience.

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Learning Barcelona

Carter, Student Ambassador

Moving from The United States to Barcelona for almost 5 months sounded pretty terrifying at first. And trust me, I did not want to go the day before I left. I was crying and holding my mom saying to myself, “Why did I decide to do this?!” And then I remembered why, it was because I wanted to experience something different and wanted to be somewhere completely different on my own.

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Day in the Life of SAI Barcelona

Solomon, Barcelona, Fall 2016

We handed over our Instagram account to Solomon for the day. This is his day in Barcelona (October 27, 2016). Hello SAI Programs! Fall has arrived in Barcelona, and so have I! I’m @SolomonsPost, but you can call me Sollie. I’m a 3rd year student from the Rochester Institute of Technology (@rittigers) studying abroad at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (@uniautonomabarcelona) this fall.

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My SAI Moment

Bailey, SAI Summer Intern

My journey with SAI has evolved into some wonderful opportunities over the past couple years, so for me to chose my “SAI Moment” is difficult. I have experienced so many moments with SAI that I hold to be significant, but when having to choose one, a specific memory came to mind. While abroad, I had the opportunity to work in the SAI Barcelona office after being awarded a scholarship from SAI.

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Regrets.

Talia, Barcelona, Spring 2016

Life is a patchwork of the decisions we make. In studying abroad it seems that these decisions carry more weight because the pressure of limited time.  Suggestions from friends and online reviews, photos from facebook and stories from siblings mold expectations and build up hopes for experiences abroad.

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A Day in the Life of SAI Barcelona

Talia, Barcelona, Spring 2016

We handed over our Instagram to a few students this month and asked them to take us through their day in their host city. This is Talia’s day in Barcelona (April 3, 2016). Hey everyone! I’m Talia and I’m studying at ELISAVA this semester in Barcelona with SAI. I’m originally from outside DC and I study graphic design at VCU. Here’s a pic from my amazing spring break in Rome! Quick snack before a Sunday outside!

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A Day in the Life of SAI Barcelona

Cristian, Barcelona, Spring 2016

We handed over our Instagram to a few students this month and asked them to take us through their day in their host city. This is Cristian’s day in Barcelona (March 25, 2016). Hola todos! My name is Cristian Constantino. I am a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso, studying media advertising. Today I will take over SAI’s instagram account and show you around Barcelona!

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Appreciation

Talia, Barcelona, Spring 2016

It’s easy to get sucked into the rhythm of schedule. Suddenly after 6 weeks time clouds your vision of how extraordinary your ordinary is. My tip for new students and a personal goal for myself is to never let the comfort of routine settle, and to be open to the experiences that disrupt monotony.

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10 Things About My New Culture

Talia, Spring 2016

I promise I’m not much of a jetsetter but in the span of 3 days I took a total of 5 flights. Because of a family vacation I took a nauseating 2 hour car ride from Cayafate to Salta Argentina, flew from there to Buenos Aires where I then stopped in Miami to catch my connecting flight to Washington DC.

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My Fave Things to do Between Classes in Barcelona

Ashley, SAI Ambassador

To all of you students preparing to leave for the most incredible semester of your life (it’s true…it really is the best time of your life), I’ll start off with saying I’m incredibly jealous of the amazing time you’re about to have wherever you plan on studying abroad.

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5 Spring Festivals in and around Barcelona

Kevin, SAI Ambassador

Headed to Barcelona this spring for study abroad?! Well, start planning study breaks because this is a non exhaustive list of festivals to add to your calendar right now for the upcoming semester. Even if you will be elsewhere in Europe you might find yourself in the amazing city of Barcelona and you would not want to miss out. Not going to Europe at all?

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Meet our Blogger: Cristian

Barcelona, Spring 2016

Cristian was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2016 term. She is a current student at The University of Texas at El Paso studying at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain, during the Spring 2016 term. 10 FUN FACTS ABOUT CRISTIAN I am a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso pursuing a major in media avertising with a double minor in marketing and management.

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Meet our Blogger: Talia

Barcelona, Spring 2016

Talia was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2016 term. She is a current student at Virginia Commonwealth University studying at Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering in Barcelona, Spain during the Spring 2016 term. 10 FUN FACTS ABOUT TALIA In the winter, my space heater is my best friend. I love exploring farmer’s markets. I speak Spanish with my family. I like to bake vegan desserts.

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Stunning Sevilla with SAI

Jamie, Barcelona, Fall 2015

A couple weeks ago the students of SAI Barcelona, including myself, traveled to a beautiful city in Spain known as Sevilla. We were all excited to experience a different kind of Spanish culture and see what we could learn from it. The weekend´s itinerary was packed wtih activities, sights, and meals that we could not wait for! On the first day, we arrived in Sevilla in the morning with much planned for us.

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Barcelona’s Ready For You, But Are You Ready For Barcelona?

Jamie, Barcelona, Fall 2015

I consider myself to be someone who is always prepared. I like knowing that I can handle any curve ball or unexpected situation that may come my way. So once I decided to study abroad, I began to research anything and everything about picking the right place to spend my semester abroad. Shortly, I came to the conclusion that Barcelona was the city for me.

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My New Home

Jamie, Barcelona, Fall 2015

I made it! After months and months of planning, researching and waiting, I have finally made it to Barcelona! Before my departure, many people had asked me if I was nervous aboutleaving the country for 4 months. But to be honest, all the excitement and preparation left me no room to be nervous. I got off the plane feeling tired above anything else.

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Meet Our Blogger: Jamie

Barcelona, Fall 2015

Jamie was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Fall 2015 term. She is a current student at University of Dayton studying at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Barcelona, Spain during the Fall 2015 term. GET TO KNOW JAMIE Tell us why you chose to study abroad. I chose to study abroad because I had taken a high school soccer trip to Europe and could not wait to go back.

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Final Thoughts

Bailey, Barcelona, Spring 2015

Never did I think this time would actually come. The time where I would be reflecting on my abroad experience as if it were something in the past. I’m about 10 days out from my departure from Spain, and I have the most mixed emotions about leaving. People always tell you how much you will change after an abroad experience or how much you will learn in such a short period of time.

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Fish, Fish and More Fish

Bailey, Barcelona, Spring 2015

SAI Excursion-Spanish Cooking Lesson So we have been on so many excursions through SAI where we have traveled to other cities, but for this blog post, I’d like to include an activity we’ve taken part in right here in Barcelona. Last week, 3/6, SAI arranged a Spanish cooking lesson.

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My Top 10 Places in Barcelona

Bailey, Barcelona, Spring 2015

Has it been a month here already?! I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by! There are so many things I love about this city. There are a few specific places that have really screamed “home” to me. After a long day in class or after a long weekend of travel, it is nice to see the familiar subway stop, or grocery store across from my apartment. (1)

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1st Week in Barcelona

Bailey, Barcelona, Spring 2015

WOW. I have only been here a week now and I already have had so many new experiences. There is so much I have already done and I can’t wait to be here for another four months! I arrived in Barcelona on January 5th with my father, earlier than my roommates, and toured around The Rambla (a known street for tourists), and tried a couple cool restaurants and watched some funny street performers.

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Meet our Blogger: Bailey

Bailey, Barcelona, Spring 2015

Bailey was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at St. Cloud State University studying at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Barcelona, Spain during the Spring 2015 term.   Tell us why you chose to study abroad I chose to study abroad because I LOVE to travel.

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Top 20 Things to do in Barcelona

Mireia Garmendia is a native Spaniard and SAI is lucky to call her the SAI Barcelona Program Coordinator! Below are her top 20 things do in Barcelona – from a local’s perspective! Sagrada Familia: world famous Modernist Architect Gaudí’s masterpiece. Magic Fountain Show at Montjuïc: large and spectacularly colorful fountain performance with music, built in 1929.

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