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By Reagan Herzog and Hunter Sosby –

The Trinity in Spain program is Trinity’s first full-semester faculty led study abroad program that takes place in Madrid. We had the incredible opportunity to be part of the inaugural trip, and we’d like to share with you the top five reasons why you should consider the Trinity in Spain program.

1. Madrid
When making decisions about study abroad, the most important one is what city you are going to live in. Now we may be just a little biased, but we think that Madrid is the perfect place to study abroad. With one of the best public transportation systems in the world, an incredibly walkable city, and great weather, Madrid couldn’t be a more livable city. Combine that with a vibrant street life, beautiful parks like Retiro, and plazas on every corner, it’s hard to not feel at home here.

2. Internships
One of the biggest draws to the Trinity program is the opportunity to hold an internship in Madrid. An internship abroad is a pretty rare experience to have, and was honestly one of our favorite parts of our experience abroad. We both worked with nonprofit organizations in Madrid, Fundación Sanders and Fundación Tomillo, where we had the opportunity to work directly with prominent community members in Madrid. With an internship you have the opportunity to see the city and culture from a completely different perspective and make connections that will last a lifetime.

Photo curtesy of Dr. Katsuo Nishikawa.
3. Language
One of the most frequently asked questions about our time abroad is whether or not we’re fluent in Spanish. While we’re hesitant to use the label fluent, it’s clear that our skills increased an incredible amount of the course of four months. Between taking all of our classes in Spanish, speaking Spanish in our homestays, and using Spanish in a professional context with our internships, we were able to use spanish in a more practical way than we ever have before and we feel much more comfortable with the language than we ever have.

4. Experiencing the World
While when you’re abroad we recommend spending time in and getting to know the city you’re living in, being abroad in Europe provides you with the opportunity to visit some of the best cities in the world. We definitely enjoyed traveling during our time in Spain. With the Trinity in Spain program we had the opportunity to travel to many different Spanish cities and get to know the country we were living in -- San Sebastián and Granada were some personal favorites of ours. And of course, we couldn’t resist visiting other cities like Paris and London when they’re basically in your backyard. A semester abroad is one of the best opportunities you’ll have to see the world.

5. The People
Leaving everything you know behind to go study in a foreign country can definitely be overwhelming. However, there’s a long list of people we could thank for making the trip one of the best experiences we’ve had. To start, the Trinity in Spain group became like a second family to us all. It was great to have a support network abroad we grew incredibly close. We also had the support of our host families who were there to help us navigate the city and culture, as well as any problems we had abroad. And of course, the friends we made in Spain and the people of Madrid were some of the best we could ask for and our time abroad wouldn’t have been the same without them.

Photo curtesy of Dr. Katsuo Nishikawa.
We also had a great time taking over the Trinity Snapchat account near the end of our semester. Take a look below at our takeover and see what it was like to spend a weekend with the Trinity Madrid Program!

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About Reagan & Hunter

Reagan is a junior from Stockton, California studying Political Science, Communication, and Spanish. On campus, she is involved with Alpha Phi Omega, Trinity University Press, and Trinity Distinguished Representatives.
Hunter is a junior Political Science and Spanish double major from Wimberley, Texas. He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and PRIDE, as well as a Distinguished Representative and Tour Guide for the Office of Admissions.