Huntsman '21 Ashley Shah

SA: CASA Barcelona

Programs Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): Penn Semester in Barcelona: Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), Spain

Ask me about...

  • Taking all of my classes in Spanish

  • Teaching an English class, which I have continued to do virtually 

  • Learning how to handle crisis situations while abroad  

  • How to make the most of your time

My Experience Abroad:

Despite having to leave early due to coronavirus, I completed my courses from back home and learned more interesting material than ever before. I took courses that were all in Spanish and that I would never have taken at Penn. The coursework mainly required writing lengthy papers. Since I had rarely done that before, the experience will really benefit my Spanish writing in the future. I also took International Studies courses which counted as a part of my major, so all my courses helped my comprehensive understanding of international studies.

Other Highlights:

  • Going to Granada, Spain with the CASA group and getting to see the Alhambra 

  • Spontaneously attending a light show in Marina

  • Renting and driving a motorcycle around Barcelona

  • Traveling with the new friends I made through the program

  • Taking classes with the director of CASA, Juanjo, because the teaching style in Spain is very different and more personal

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