Brigid Lynch SEAS’20

Hi! I’m a current junior in SEAS studying applied math. I studied in Madrid spring semester sophomore year and consider it one of my best decisions at Columbia. Through CIEE’s program I was able to take requirements for my major (in English!) at a local university while experiencing an immersive language experience at my homestay. I met people from all over the world through my program and got to practice my Spanish skills, as well as increase my understanding of other cultures. In my spare time, I would explore Madrid’s museums, go on hikes in nearby small towns easily accessible through public transportation, and continue my ongoing search for the best patatas bravas (think french fries but better). Madrid was an incredible place to study due to its rich culture and history, affordable cost of living, fun nightlife, beautiful green spaces, and incredible public transportation system. Not to mention the food, only in Madrid can you get “churros con chocolate” 24 hours a day. Madrid’s central location made traveling throughout Spain very doable through buses and trains, and I was also able to travel to other countries in Europe as well as Morocco pretty easily. I loved making Spain my temporary home and would love to chat with anyone considering going abroad, especially SEAS students who may have questions about the slightly more involved process.