Intercultural Learning Workshop
This workshop is offered at the beginning of each semester. It’s designed to help you understand your new cultural context and provide strategies that help you adjust to cultural differences in order to enrich your experience.
Career and Re-entry Workshop
Explore the skills and knowledge you’ve gained and learn how to articulate your growth in your future job searches. In this interactive workshop, you’ll reflect and process your study abroad experience, connect study abroad with your career goals, and obtain practical advice to help you transition back to the U.S.
Career Development Seminar
This seminar guides exploration into your field of interest, career development, and global competence. You’ll participate in lectures, in-class discussions, and cultural encounters. You’ll also be paired with a career mentor—a local professional who works in an industry aligned with your major—so you can ask questions, share experiences, and discuss cultural differences and similarities in the workplace. Explore critical competencies for the global marketplace, reflect on career development’s relationship to study abroad, and articulate the study abroad journey in a meaningful way that enriches your professional advancement through this seminar.
Academic Integrated Cultural Activities Programs (AICAP)
This award-winning program helps you connect your experiences outside the classroom with the content you learn in class, following an experiential learning model. AICAP includes unique activities chosen for relevance to course offerings in areas like communications, art history, business, political science, and more, all with a recreational component. (In other words, AICAP allows you to have fun while you learn!) All activities and trips are included in the program fee; you’ll have the opportunity to sign up during the first week of the semester.
Language Exchange Programs
Meet with local university students to improve your communications skills and gain first-hand knowledge of each other’s culture. CEA Barcelona collaborates with local academic institutions to organize language exchanges between students, including:
- Mandatory activity for students enrolled in Spanish language classes
- Speak Local, Be Global activity (group gatherings at CEA or at local schools)
- One-to-One language exchanges
Students participating in exchanges are encouraged to share contact information so they can continue practicing.
Studying abroad is even better when you take care of yourself, stay healthy, and have the energy you need to fully live the experience. CEA Barcelona’s Muévete project offers discounts in a local gym and organized activities such as sunrise runs, soccer league, yoga, basketball, Zumba classes, and more. Our on-site staff can help you join a local team to keep playing your favorite sport while immersing in the culture and making new friends.
Participate in a volunteer experience with local organizations such as:
Pediatric Hospital Sant Joan De Déu
The Volunteering Association of the Pediatric Hospital Sant Joan de Déu supports families while their children are in the hospital and promotes recreational activities for sick children. As a volunteer, you’ll help kids to express their feelings, communicate, get distracted from their illnesses, and experience some joy during their stay at the hospital. The activities may include reading books, helping with homework, painting, drawing, taking kids to the hospital library or playroom, or simply keeping them company.
ITACA Associació Educativa
This non-profit social organization offers an after-school program for at-risk children. ITACA focuses on promoting healthy habits, establishing new routines, working on values, and facilitating social inclusion. CEA volunteers help children with their homework and participate in the after-school activities.
English Teacher Assistant at Spanish Public Schools
The teaching assistant program allows local primary, middle, and high school students to practice and improve their English conversational skills with native English speakers like you. Along with an assigned mentor, CEA volunteers work together with English teachers, helping with language lessons and preparing and leading classroom activities.
Mobile Journalist Program
Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.
*Please note: If you intend to volunteer, intern, or participate in service learning with children, you must obtain a criminal background check prior to departure for your program. Please contact your Site Specialist for more information.
Alumni Ambassador Program
Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.