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Everything You Need to Know About Taking a Gap Year

By High School Gap Year at CIEE

Thinking about taking a gap year abroad? You may have a lot of questions varying from cost to length of time, and even where to go. Big decisions can be... keep reading


Exploring medieval castles in Sevilla

By Sergio Jimenez at CIEE

Our GAP students got the opportunity to explore two of the most important towns in the province of Seville: Alcalá de Guadaira and Utrera. Alcalá’s castle is the result of... keep reading


This could be you!

By Sergio Jimenez at CIEE

Our GAP participants get to enjoy two activities per week. These activities can go from a varity of choices: cooking class, exploring museums, visiting churches, learning the rich history of... keep reading


Exploring Roman ruins...

By Sergio Jimenez at CIEE

Our GAP students went on a day trip to Itálica, Sevilla. Italica was an important Roman cultural center as well as one of the first Roman settlements in Spain. If... keep reading

Meet Ivana Madeline

By Ivana Madeline S.

Hey y’all! My name is Ivana Madeline Samson and I’m originally from Southern California. I’m currently 18 years old, but I’ll soon be 19 during abroad! I am part of... keep reading


Travel Day and Arrivals

By High School Gap Year at CIEE

What happens on travel day and when your participant arrives in their host country? On the day your participant travels to their program location, there are a few important things... keep reading

My Hunt for a Real Belgian Waffle

By Oliver H.

Last weekend I went on an excursion with CIEE to Brussels in Belgium. I went with a group of about seventy students and four chaperones. Everything I did was great... keep reading


By Hannah S.

Sorry this is late. But here is part 2 to the part 1 of our trip in Krakow.


By Hannah S.

Last week was Semana Santa, the week leading up to Easter. All of Sevilla practically shuts down for processions with huge, elaborate floats. CIEE gave us the week off from... keep reading


By Hannah S.

Traveling throughout Europe is pretty easy, and it's cheap. We went to Krakow (I'm still not sure why Krakow of all places, but it was still nice) for the weekend... keep reading


By Maggie G.

My beautiful friend Molly in a "Chino" shop. These shops are all over Cádiz and Sevilla and usually have "Bazaar" in their name. These shops are usually run by someone... keep reading

To Defer or Not to Defer?

By Maggie G.

When asked about why I decided to take a gap year I usually smile and respond that “it’s a long story.” It is a long story, so grab a snack... keep reading


By Rachel F.

Hi everyone, it’s been some time since my last blog entry. I know the end of the month is quickly approaching and you all were waiting for me to post... keep reading

recent activities

By Rachel F.

Every day is an adventure here in Tokyo. While that sounds incredibly cheesy, it’s the truth. Tokyo is a gigantic city with an endless amount of things to do. Not... keep reading

Day 10/11 because it's 1:26 am and that's normal

By Beckey C.

Domingo/Lunes, el 25/26 de Septiembre, 2016 I've spent 10 whole days here in Seville already and am only now starting a blog but whatever. Here I am. Calle Betis along... keep reading