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  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    My summer in Spain with the Duke in Spain program was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I wish I could pinpoint one event to sum up the trip, but that would be impossible. We traveled to many amazingly different places, each one adding…

  • Credit: Caitlin Finn
  • Major: Neuroscience, Spanish
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Madrid, Spain, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This summer I stayed in Madrid for 6 weeks with the Duke in Spain summer program. Though I have traveled before with my family, this trip marked my first visit abroad on my own. I initially went to Madrid in order to practice Spanish, but once I…

  • Credit: Adiel Mora
  • Major: Public Policy
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Madrid, Spain, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    You might have heard the saying around campus "You Only Live Once", usually shortened to "YOLO", but since we were in Spain, we translated it to "Sólo Vives Una Vez" or "SVUV". (It's a little more difficult to say but just as much --or more-- fun.) So…

  • Credit: Alexis Pearce
  • Major: French/Spanish Combination
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Madrid, Spain, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    Working for the Duke-in-Madrid program has provided me with an invaluable experience over the past 10 years. Every semester, I visit the same places, but the group of students makes it different every time. Their enthusiasm for learning and their excitement about what they are experiencing…

  • Credit: Nuria Garcia
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    Things in Spain are so much more open, and yet so much more closed at the same time.

    For instance, this playground I am on is perhaps one of the most exciting things I have ever been on, but I can guarantee that not an insurance…

  • Credit: Leigh Edwards
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Madrid, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    It is impossible to pick one highlight of Duke in Madrid. The whole experience was unbelievable. I made great new friends, improved my Spanish skills 100-fold within a semester, met incredible people such as my host family and the DIM directors and professors, and learned a lot…

  • Credit: Lydia Chen
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Football? Try again. Over here, fútbol reigns. We recently watched Real Madrid beat Kiev Dynamo 5-0 in one of the most exciting sporting events I have ever witnessed. A few weeks later, we relived the experience by watching the Spanish "Super Bowl" (Madrid vs. Barcelona) with my…

  • Credit: Cart Weiland
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    The night before my trip to Madrid, I was very anxious about the new experience before me and the new people that I would meet, but at the same time I was very excited about the next 6 weeks of my life. When I arrived to…

  • Credit: Brittany Young
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Madrid, Spain, summer
  • Postcard From Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Thank you so much for coordinating an incredible semester in Duke in Madrid this spring. When I first went abroad, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The first month or two were scary, intimidating, new, and different.

    But then I started to learn so much…

  • Credit: Megan Weinand
  • Major: Biology, Spanish
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This past summer I had an amazing time in Spain with the Duke in Spain program. Besides learning more about Spanish literature, art, and history in my classes that I took, I had an experience of a lifetime. While staying with a host family in Madrid, I…

  • Credit: Shannon Beall
  • Major: Psychology and Spanish
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Madrid, Spain, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    After six weeks in Madrid for the Duke in Spain program, I have returned home with numerous unforgettable experiences from being abroad. For one thing, I have tasted a variety of Spanish foods ranging from paella to croquetas. For another, I did many things that I had…

  • Credit: Emily Chang
  • Major: Biology
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Madrid, Spain, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    My experiences in Madrid, Spain were unforgettable! Figuring out ways to adjust and to feel "at home" in a place where I was unfamiliar was initially very challenging. At the same time, I came to appreciate language and cultural differences. Living with a host family was also…

  • Credit: Brandee Branche
  • Major: International Comparative Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Madrid, Spain, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    ¡Viva España! This photo is from a coastal overlook in Asturias, a northern principality of Spain. Before Duke in Spain, I imagined Spain as solely an urban country, but I soon found that in addition to the allure of cities like Madrid, the country had a plethora…

  • Credit: Cameron Oswalt
  • Major: Biology & Spanish
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Madrid, Spain, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    In Spain, I knocked on the door of fluency, and was almost let in. I argued with Cervantes (he won). I attempted communication with grocers, street musicians, homeless people. I learned to crave gazpacho at every hour of the day. Traveling, it seems, is not just about…

  • Credit: Rosa La Cerva
  • Major: ICS
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Madrid, Spain, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    One of the most exciting times during my experience in Madrid was when Prince Felipe, the heir to the Spanish throne, got married. There were festivities for weeks leading up to the wedding. This photo shows how the city was lit up in celebration of the upcoming…

  • Credit: Karen King
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    In Spain, I made the conscious decision to be as immersed as possible in the Madrid experience. One of my highlights was the personal connections I made with Spaniards. I had a great group of Spanish friends in Madrid from Universidad San Pablo-CEU, and a lot…

  • Credit: Priyanka Chaurasia
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Chile, Duke in Madrid, Madrid, Sevilla, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Here we are traveling again, this time on a weekend trip to a little pueblo in the countryside outside of Madrid. It's breathtakingly beautiful here, from the palace whose courtyard we're standing in, to the mountain vista behind us. This is one of the things I loved…

  • Credit: Valerie Vaughn
  • Tags: Barcelona, Cairo, Duke in Madrid, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Rome, Sevilla, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Querida Global Education Office:

    Esta foto fue sacada durante una de mis clases de fotografía, una actividad cultural en el CEU (Universidad San Pablo).

    Como se trata de un curso sin crédito, podemos hacer lo que queramos, y nos divertimos mucho. A veces sacamos fotos, otras veces trabajamos en el "cuarto…

  • Credit: Matthew Keshian
  • Major: History, Public Policy Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    By far one of the most rewarding parts of my experience in Madrid was interacting with CEU students.

    I participated in several language intercambios through the Duke Office and enrolled in two CEU courses. At first I was worried that the level might be too high, but…

  • Credit: Daniel Liss
  • Major: Government
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Choosing to study abroad as a sophomore, I must admit to long having had the conviction that such an experience would be a true turning point in my time at college. What an understatement!

    I had visited Spain once before -- while still in high school --…

  • Credit: Thomas Drury
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain