Feeling at Home while Abroad

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Autumn is upon us here in Burgos– the leaves have started to change, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is a little colder. Although it seems far too soon for this, in exactly two months from now I will be heading back home. I…

Great Friends And New Experiences In Spain

Ashley Veihl Environmental Studies Major Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate program, Summer II 2017 Studying abroad this summer in Santander, Spain was undoubtedly a life-changing experience for me. I believe study abroad is priceless because it gives you real-life knowledge about culture, customs, dialect, and language that can’t fully be understood just from spending time in…

Practice Makes Perfect

Jasmine Birdsong Biomedical Science and Spanish Majors Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Upon arriving in Spain, I was nervous. I was already told what to expect from professors and some blogs that I had read on the internet, but the experience itself was amazing. As I gained confidence in myself, Spanish became…

From Santander To Burgos

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been in Spain for a little over two months now, and have experienced the unique opportunity of doing both Spain programs that Western offers: the summer program in Santander and the fall program in Burgos. Although the two programs overlap by about a week,…

The Impact Of Studying Abroad

Cassidy Crouch Spanish and Bio med Majors Universidad de Cantabria, Summer II 2017 Throughout my four years of studying Spanish here I have sat through many student presentations about their study abroad experiences and every single one of them ended by saying that studying abroad changed their life. I finally decided to go abroad during…

Saying Goodbye

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 Absolutely, the communication barriers by the end of the trip were mostly gone! I had really fallen into place with my host family. Our communication was on a high, I could understand them greatly and my Spanish had improved a lot over…

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Efua Dankwa-Smith Major: Biomedical Sciences Universidad de Cantabria undergrad program, summer II, 2016 While attending the Universidad de Cantabria I took 3 courses: Studies in Hispanic Culture, Spanish Grammar, and Spanish Conversation. I feel like throughout my experience in Santander, the one thing that stuck out to me the most were the cultural differences between…

What I Love About Spain

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 The Spaniards have a great style, everyone is always very put together. Unless someone is going to work out, you do not see many people wearing casual work-out clothes or leggings. Even the people who are on the side of the street…

Spanish Fashion

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 If there is one thing I have learned out of the classroom in Spain, it’s that the Spanish love fashion. In America, especially on a college campus, many girls wear yoga pants and sweatshirts. Americans love some good athleisure clothing. In Spain, every sidewalk…

Things to Do in Chicago When You’re Dead

Max Wellman Major: Creative Writing Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Most study abroad trips begin with a visit to the host country’s consulate office. For Spain, that office was in Chicago, and I needed to secure a visa for two study abroad programs. But, the devil’s in…

Communication Failures

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 The first time I had a communication failure was the first day in Spain. I knew it was bound to happen, but it really made me anxious for the rest of my program. I went to Madrid first before traveling to Santander. We had…

Finding The Right Host Family

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 When I first got to Spain, I didn’t have to worry about exchanging my money at the airport because I had come with euros. Before I left for Spain, I exchanged money at my bank at home, I thought it would be…