Category: UP Comillas

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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 ...

Celebrating Second Christmas in Madrid: Feliz Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos

While the majority of Christians in the US recognize Christmas and present gifts on December 25th, in Spain, and many Orthodox Christian churches or countries, “Christmas” as we are familiar with is celebrated January 6th.

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Niacka Carty: Takeways

When I received my final exams schedule, I was sad that my last exam was days before I leave Madrid. At that time, there was a lot that I wanted to still do before I leave but as my final exam dates came closer and closer, naturally, I had less time for recreational activity. I ...

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Niacka Carty: Christmas Lights Tour

I decided to take another mini break from studying this week to take a tour of the Christmas lights in the city. I was thrilled to find out that such a thing exists, after doing a simple Google search. Surprisingly, the tour was inexpensive, only two Euros (approximately $2.50). For that low price, two roommates ...

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Niacka Carty: ‘Tis the Season

The start of December is always a reminder for me that Christmas will be coming up. However, this is also the time of final exams. This week was the first week of finals. Compared to finals week at Drexel, I feel a bit more hassle-free, given that my exams are nicely and evenly spread out ...