Sunday’s in Paris are meant for staying in bed, taking a leisurely stroll, enjoying a warm cup of tea, and catching up on all the homework that was supposed to be done over the weekend. — Except getting homework done on a Sunday can be a tough task when almost all of Paris is shut down. Walk down any street and you’ll soon find everyone’s enjoying the same day off together with the “fermee” sign prominent in the window. While the trusty Starbucks is open on Sunday’s, here…

CEA Alumni Ambassador, Mika went to Paris, France with CEA and was inspired to keep travelling and learning about new cultures, after her first study abroad experience. In this video, she goes to Lebanon, to interview people about their culture. CEA Study Abroad creates inquisitive, open-minded, global students, expanding their horizons. Have a good alumni story? Submit it to alumni@ceastudyabroad.com Mika R. is a CEA Alumni. She studied Communications in Paris in the Spring of 2016 and is currently a graduate student studying Intercultural Communications at Illinois State University.

If you are studying abroad in Paris, you have a VIP card that gets you into a lot of cool places — your student ID card! With your student ID card, you can get lots of discounts and you have free access to some of Paris’s top museums. Here are my top picks for FREE museums you’ve got to see. Musée de l’Orangerie Wednesday – Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission: 5:15 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays This museum is a perfect end to a nice stroll…

It’s hard putting together the words to articulate how I’ve changed since my journey in Europe started four months ago. Its dream-like, independence-saturated foreign world filled with new experiences and sights already feels like a daytime reverie. It’s easy to show off the selfies, to squish the “candid” moments into perfect little squares, to show the souvenirs I’ve picked up along the way and the stories that come with them – it’s even easy to gush about the “most amazing four months of my life – ever,” but…

Choosing where to live for my first time in an entirely new city (and country!) prompted me to do some soul-searching. Did I want the expected comforts of an apartment and the responsibility that’s attached to it? Or did I want the bustling student population just across the hall? And would I have to sacrifice one to get the other? I chose the guarantee of students as neighbors and didn’t have to sacrifice much. Sure, I don’t have a private kitchen, bathroom, or living area. What I do…

Since I’ve been in France, my days have been filled with more breathtaking sights and precious moments than I can count. I don’t ever want to forget my experiences here, so I’ve relied on documenting Paris through photography – my favorite artistic medium. That being said, it’s easy to fall into the trap of photographing just about everything you see without much thought or intention behind the photo you’re taking. I’m not immune to this habit, but I look back the most fondly on photographs I took that…

Oni Coffee Address: 10 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris Hours: 8am – 8pm, open on Sundays! As I write this and every time I look at these photos, my mind wanders and my mouth waters. I’m kind of a brunch freak, so believe me when I say Oni Coffee has got it goin’ on. I actually stumbled upon this place as my friend Morgan and I were walking to a different cafe to study in, when she couldn’t wait any longer to use the restroom. So this was the…

After a week of classes, it’s nice to kick back and relax. Especially when you have a fun day trip planned ahead of you! One of my favorite excursions so far with CEA has been to Honfleur, France. The crisp weather was refreshing just like the apple ciders we got to try at a cider distillery. Take a peek at what the day consisted of! Leah D. is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Blogger in Paris, France. She is currently a Junior studying News & Documentary Production at Chapman…

One of my favorite pastimes back in the United States is thrift shopping. While for some people, walking into a room filled with racks and racks of clothing, bins of shoes, and shelves of books is overwhelming – for me, it’s the beginning of my own treasure hunt. I don’t remember where I saw this quote, but I feel like it completely encapsulates how I feel about thrifting: “Come curious, leave a collector.” Each item I purchase – whether it be clothes, shoes, or some weird little trinket…

We asked our CEA Alumni Ambassadors what they would say if they has 60 seconds to convince a friend to study or intern abroad. In celebration of International Education Week, here are the top 3 reasons you should go abroad. The Friendships “Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made. You get to travel the world, meet amazing people and go on new adventures while you are studying and learning things that will help you in your future. I never thought I would come back to…