I was lucky enough to spend my junior year of college abroad in Paris, France, as well as traveling throughout Europe. I had only traveled abroad a couple of times before this, but I never stayed anywhere long enough to be able to really immerse myself into the culture and try to live like the locals do. As a budding anthropologist, I was excited to start conducting my own “fieldwork.” However, the first thing I experienced when arriving in Paris wasn’t the food or the better way of…

One of the first things you do when planning to study abroad is pick out your housing, whether it be a dorm room, apartment, or homestay. It’s a hard decision to make, and because I was planning on studying abroad for two semesters, I decided to try out French dorm life my first semester and live at a homestay my second. In case anyone else is struggling to make a decision between a homestay or dorm, here’s a list of benefits and considerations for both options.   The…

A junior from Farmingville, NY, Dana always felt pulled to study abroad in an urban environment. Before she knew it, she was on a plane to Paris and selected as the CEA MOJO (mobile journalist) for the Fall semester. In just a few short weeks, her apprehension about moving to France as a French language beginner dissipated, and she began to make Paris her home. Dana lives in a student residence hall on the Left Bank of the city and shares a room with another CEA student. “Go…

Meet Kristen, a rising senior at College of Charleston, who took a courageous leap of faith by diving into an international internship in France. Kristen works at a unique start-up, where she makes magic happen as one half of the two-person staff. The firm works to organize and host French film screenings at independent theaters in Paris, complete with English subtitles, so that Anglophones can enjoy movie outings just the same as the French. Currently, the company is focused on screening films from the Cannes Film Festival at…

Abigail interned at a children’s media company that focuses on producing digital education material. The firm makes various videos that encourage language learning, address social issues, teach children how to code, etc. Abigail was given several projects for which she edited videos and worked on sound design. She even got to try her hand in character design, and ultimately surprised herself by how well she picked up this new skill. It was important for her designs to reflect the same style and color scheme that the company’s other…

One of the main reasons I chose to study with CEA was due to the fact that they offer experiences to explore and learn about the culture you are immersed in. By participating in these experiences I feel as though I have had the opportunity to see things I otherwise would not have, all while bonding with students from across the world. This past weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Provence, France organized by CEA Paris. Here’s a look into what I did!     Popes Palace After taking the train…

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Talking about the LGBTQ community can be controversial and sparks strong opinions. LGBTQ individuals may feel unsafe and uncomfortable with expressing their sexual or gender identity, especially in environments unfriendly to the LGBTQ community or in unfamiliar territories. Being part of the LGBTQ community myself, I have experienced both positive and negative reactions. However, out of all the cities I have been to all over the world, Paris has been the most LGBTQ friendly thus far. Here’s why: France is Recognized as one of the most Gay-Friendly Countries…

Studying abroad has many advantages. Embarking on the journey and having the courage to live outside of your comfort zone, while hard at times, can help you to grow in ways that will benefit you for the rest of your life. As a Communications major, I have pinpointed the three major ways a study abroad experience will complement your education. Through increasing your understanding of cultures, networking internationally, and continuing personal growth, study abroad gives you the skills and experiences which can potentially catapult your future career into…

To put it bluntly, study abroad is the adventure of a lifetime. But studying abroad with CEA is the complete journey. By exposing you constantly to new cultures and ideas, with the tools CEA provides, you have the opportunity to find yourself and step further outside of your comfort zone than you ever thought you could. Understanding cultures Becoming culturally oriented is a process. Understanding another culture is not something you can check off your to do list in a day.  It takes time and courage to become comfortable…

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Everyone knows Paris—but who really knows Paris? I’ve now been living in the city for nearly four whole months, and I continue to make many new discoveries every day, just as I did in my first weeks here. Locals too often say that years in Paris do not give sufficient time to know it all. When it takes nearly a week to peruse the entirety of the Louvre’s contents, how could you ever hope to know a city so vast? Paris’ vastness is what makes it so special…