All posts by Spencer Kociba

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Insider Tips for Studying In Spain

  So whether you’re planning on studying in Spain for a semester, or you are on the fence and still wondering if it would be a good fit for you, this is an important post to go through. While most of these tips for study abroad are Spain-specific, many are applicable through most of Europe. ...

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Estudiando en España: un Resumen

If you’re thinking about studying in Spain anytime soon, or more specifically at Universidad Pontificía Comillas in Madrid, you’re going to want to bookmark this article. I wasn’t sure what the university-level education system was like in Spain. I am most familiar with the system and schedule at Drexel University. Granted, having to explain that ...

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Cultures That Shock

Culture shock is “the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes” (Oxford University Press). Whether you’ve attended your pre-departure meeting with the Study Abroad Office, watched a few episodes of Rick Steves’ PBS documentary, or have seen that episode of ...

Money Saving Tips for Museums, Monuments and More

Appreciation for culture in Europe is much deeper than in the United States. Art, music, history, science and architecture are celebrated and considered as a critical part of every city´s and country’s identity. That idea is clearly emphasized by the accessibility to cultural events for the average citizen. The closest I can compare it to ...

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Loneliness abroad…it happens ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Let’s talk loneliness. It is not the most glamorous parts of study abroad, but it is an important part of the journey and self-discovery that comes with taking your education international. In the pre-departure meetings and any checklist you’ll find online about mentally preparing yourself to be abroad, culture shock is one of the top ...

Accessibility to Adventure

I knew when I signed up for study abroad that I was planning to travel. When else in your life will you have 4 months to explore Europe? While going to classes, of course. What I didn’t realize was how easy it really is to travel to a new city or country while living in ...

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My Main Uni & My Side Uni

Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE. Thankfully, the classes are shorter than the name. While Drexel students were headed back to classes or co-op the 2nd week of January, I was at my first college orientation – for the second time. In honor of that, this blog post is going to be an introduction to the school ...