I had always known I wanted to study abroad. One of my main criteria for picking a university to attend was who would let me study abroad, and who make it the easiest. It wan’t news to anyone when I said I was leaving, what surprised everyone was how long I was going to be gone. I was fortunate to have the amazing opportunity to study abroad in four different countries, and I fell in love with all of them, some more than I thought I would. My…

It feels impossible to summarize all the things I have learned, the places I have seen and the emotions I have experienced in Paris in just one blog. This study abroad experience was all I could have asked for. Though I am so excited to go home, soak in my family and cuddle my cat, the thought of returning back to California makes me want to dissolve into a puddle of tears, and I can’t imagine living life anywhere other than this truly magical city. I will always…

In my opinion, there’s a certain disregard for academics when it comes to study abroad. We are in an exciting new place; it makes sense that the yearning for discovery overrules academic priorities from time to time. If it was a toss-up, I’d definitely choose watching the sunset at the Eiffel Tower over studying for a midterm… It’s easy to consider classes a minor aspect in my adventure here: School is familiar, therefore, is a second thought while I adapt to a life 5,000 miles away from home….

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In 2011, when “Midnight in Paris” came out, I was enthralled with the beautiful picture the movie painted: Paris was full of rich history, gorgeous scenery and people falling in love along the Seine. I longed to live in a city that symbolized romanticism and functioned with an air of magic–studying abroad in Paris was a must. Five years later I found myself in Paris, bursting with excitement as I took my first steps through the patio of my French foyer. I walked with heavy suitcases and a…

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33 days. When I wrote this, that’s how many days I had until I left to study abroad in the land of the Eiffel Tower, the City of Lights, the birthplace of baguettes and crepes in Paris, France. There’s only one small drawback–all of this is located about 5,525 miles away from my beloved hometown in California. The adventurer in me is ecstatic. The homebody in me is tentative and a little anxious. After listening to personal accounts and stories from friends who have returned from studying abroad,…

I remember being overwhelmed when trying to decide what the best housing option for me would be. In the end, I decided to pay the extra fee to have a shared apartment. I absolutely loved my apartment and never once regretted it. My close friends here all at different options, as you’ll hear from them in my video. In the end, I think the consensus is that paying the extra fee is worth it, but that all the options are good, it just depends on what you’re looking…

One of the amazing things about CEA, is that they organize various day trips, and one overnight trip, that are included! All of theses trips are within France, which is amazing, because you get to experience  places which have a different history and culture than Paris.   I personally know I wouldn’t have made the effort to plan this kind of trip on my own, but with CEA, everything was planned out so that we saw all the best parts of every town we visited. The photos in…

I have loved every minute of my time studying abroad in Paris so far. However, I remember being nervous before arriving, because I was unsure of what to expect. This video can give you an idea of the structure, and lifestyle of studying abroad in Paris. On-site classes at museums, monuments etc. as well as planned CEA excursions can help you explore, and get to know Paris and other parts of France. Best of luck to anyone with studying abroad in the future… hopefully after seeing this you’ll…

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  One of the main reasons I chose to study abroad in Paris is because of its fashion history and culture. I aspire to work in the fashion industry, so having the opportunity to apply as an intern for the highly respected, American, brand Badgley Mischka was a dream come true! The brand comes to Paris every Paris Fashion Week in order to connect with their foreign buyers, and works with CEA to find interns to assist with their appointments.  I was so lucky to be selected as…

  Mackenzie Luttinen is a Litterature, Language & Theory major in her Junior year at Augsburg College (MN). When selecting classes for her International Business program at CEA Paris Mackenzie made an atypical choice: enrolling in a French-language business elective at Novancia Business School in Paris where most CEA students take their business elective in English. Read Mackenzie’s personal account below: Before leaving the cultural comforts of the United States and the English language, I was convinced that taking a course in French amongst French students would be: fun, informative, and an…