As the Director of CEA Granada, Begoña provides leadership to her team and is responsible for successful day-to-day management of the Granada program, including on-site student services, host institution and local vendor relations, program academics, participant health and safety, and student evaluations. She also identifies and implements opportunities for program improvements, makes development recommendations, and designs faculty-led and custom programs.
Begoña pioneered CEA's internship program in Granada, as well as the Arabic Cultural Studies program at our partner institution in Granada.
Begoña holds a bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpretation and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Granada. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies. Begoña is a sworn translator, authorized by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a Certificated Coach by the International School of Coaching, CoachVille. Begoña worked as a teacher and congress coordinator before joining CEA in 1999.
Begoña's first study abroad experience was in high school, when she spent an academic year at Shorewood High School in Wisconsin. As an undergrad at the University of Granada, Begoña volunteered for several years to coordinate activities for Erasmus exchange students. In addition, she was awarded scholarships to study at Dublin City University (Ireland), the University of California San Diego (U.S.), and Palacky University of Olomouc (Czech Republic).
Begoña's travels have taken her to Ireland, Mexico, Brasil, Morocco, Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and Greece. She lived in the U.S. for two years and had the chance to travel through many states. Next on her travel list are Belgium, the Netherlands, and Cote d'Azur. Begoña's advice to students is: "Studying abroad will most likely be one of the most amazing experiences of your life, but it can be difficult and the key to succeed is to have a positive attitude. Overseas is not good or bad, it is different. You need to be patient and open-minded; new challenges will help you grow as a person and as a world citizen."