One of the most striking differences between Europe and the United States is the state of transportation. Getting around in almost all of Europe is a breeze. In Grenoble, a well-planned tram system takes you almost anywhere you need to go quickly and efficiently. Aside from some crowded early morning trams, I found the transportation system to be one of the best aspects of living in Europe. It eliminates the need for an expensive car, which goes a long way in saving money when you’re a college student…

This was the best semester of my life. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Grenoble is famous for its stunning location and its beautiful mountain views. Climbing to the top of the Bastille provides you with one of its most spectacular views. One of the most famous roads in the world is Le Champs Elysees in Paris. The Eiffel tower is special, but you really feel the Parisian magic when you walk on this busy road. I believe I speak for must study abroad alumni when I…

Living in a foreign country is a crazy, life changing experience, and one of the most important aspects of your journey abroad is where you choose to live. In the hopes of fully immersing myself in the language and culture of France, I elected to live in a homestay, and I couldn’t have made a better decision. Personally interviewed and vetted by CEA staff, host parents are ready and willing to support you in many ways during your time abroad. Home cooked meals that showcase the gastronomic culture…

Being a Linguistics and French double major in Grenoble, France is incredible. Of course, the French major is easy to explain. I am living in France after all, so nearly all daily interactions proceed en français. While improving my French skill was the reason I came to France, I have found that this trip has been fantastic from a Linguistic standpoint as well. To hear the Grenoblois speak their native tongue is fascinating both from a learning and observing perspective. I have seen, on numerous occasions, students my…

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  A trip to France is not complete without a trip to the bakery, or “la boulangerie”. Tasting the bread in France is a cultural experience, and ringing in at around only 1 euro per loaf, what’s not to love? Let’s take a look at common types of bread that you can order, and some useful vocabulary to help you navigate your next boulangerie adventure. Good to know   Types of Bread BAGUETTE TRADITION When in doubt, order the baguette tradition. This is the classic bread that you…

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About two years ago in Fall of 2015, I left New York, and hopped on a plane to Paris with two large suitcases, and an overly-stuffed bag that barely passed as a “carry-on”. What can I say? I was super excited, had no idea what to expect, and wanted to be as prepared as possible for my semester abroad in Paris! It was my first time traveling abroad alone, and I was excited for all that was ahead. During the semester, I took an International Marketing and International…

Yoann earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in French, and studied abroad in Arkansas, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. He is originally from Lille, in Northern France, and is a CEA Housing Advisor and French faculty in Paris. What do you like most about Paris? …what I like is that there are things to do all the time. You’re never bored. Sometimes it’s overwhelming, because it’s Saturday, and you’re like, oh what can we do, and there are so many options. ..whatever you like, there’s something to…

I spent the night before flying to France lying awake in my bed, listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat. Not because Christmas was the week before, but because it’s my go-to “goodness gracious Sarah, calm down” music. In 24 hours, my life would completely change. I was consumed with not knowing: what would my surroundings be? What would my host mother be like? On what level is her apartment? Would the other students be nice? Would I have to speak French from the moment I stepped off…

My host mother stopped in the middle of dinner tonight to take me on a tour of her backyard garden.  Daylight savings time just began yesterday; we’re sitting on the couch where we eat, marveling at the evening glow outside and the flowers blooming in the backyard. “I love having that high wall over there, it gives me a microclimate so can grow all sorts of species that aren’t native to Provence. I call it my English garden,” she says with a small laugh. I twist back around…

When I first arrived in Aix-en-Provence three months ago, I spent the first weeks wandering these streets in the city that you all already know has my heart forever. I eventually fell into a rhythm of winding through a sequence of streets to get to my favorite bakery, the fruits and vegetables market, the flower market, the big open squares filled with outdoor cafés, and everything else that goes along with it. Here, you can take an *accelerated* walk with me through some of center-city Aix and get…