I remember my first step into Paris, my first encounter with a historical monument, my first spoken word of French, and even my first bite into a mouth-watering French dish. Most of all, I remember the unfamiliarity and the initial fear and trepidation of being alone in a big city. Sure, I’ve been independent during my first year in college – except I was a mere 3 hours away from home, in a city similar to my hometown, speaking a language everyone understood. So, it isn’t surprising at…

When you embark on your study abroad journey, it’s likely that you’ll end up in a country you’ve never been to before. With new surroundings comes the necessity for new cultural understandings and most importantly, a completely new lifestyle. During travel, with your lifestyle going through so many drastic changes, it is important to keep up your physical and mental health. You’ll be seeing new sights, eating new foods, taking new classes, meeting new people, trying to speak a new language – it can all be very, very…

The life of a college student usually isn’t too exciting… Unless you’re studying abroad, of course! In Paris, France, the hustle and bustle of daily life is a chock full of fresh, new experiences. Watch the video above for a play-by-play of a day in the life in Paris, France, and come along for the ride! Kayla K. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Paris, France. She is currently a sophomore studying Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Pre-Law at Point Loma Nazarene University. 

Meet Christina, our internship abroad expert in Prague and internship student. Q: Why did you choose an internship abroad?  A: I chose an internship abroad mostly due to my major; I’m studying international relations with an end goal being law school for international law. I had always known I wanted to study abroad, but after some browsing through the options my school offered I noticed that CEA also offered an internship. I figured this was a great way to get some experience in my future career field while…

When you embark on your journey abroad, you’re actually taking a huge step. Sadly, it’s really not going to be all sunshine and macarons. At one point, you might even be completely overwhelmed, homesick, or just simply lost. No, it’s not just you – these are struggles that most people encounter when they decide to live in a new country. The thing is, there are a lot of things that make up a single country: the culture, the language, the people, and even the environment – everything will…

To allow us to experience the different sides of Paris, CEA organized three different balade composées, which are essentially walking tours around the city together. The one I went to revolved around several different arrondissements: the 10th, 11th, 19th, and 20th. These arrondissements collectively were once known as Belleville, but became a part of Paris in 1860. We started at the intersection of the four arrondissements and headed toward the 10th. The area had remnants of Chinese culture, making Belleville the “second Chinatown in Paris.” We stopped at a street that…

For CEA Paris’ first excursion, we visited Honfleur, a little port town in the Normandie region that was about two hours away from Paris by bus. Though we had to wake up very early in the morning to make our 7:15 AM meeting time, it was compensated by the fact that we were able to nap comfortably on the bus ride to Honfleur. The first thing you notice upon entering the premises of Honfleur is how adorable and storybook-like it is. As a port town, the activity was concentrated…

So, you applied for CEA’s study abroad program, started planning your semester abroad, and even got your visa. But, that’s only the beginning – you’ll have to figure out your living situation. Choosing housing is difficult. There are just so many different choices, and you know about absolutely none of them. You’re going to be in a foreign country, after all! If you’re here, that means you’re one step ahead of everyone else. In a moment, you’re going to learn all about the residence hall, and even get…

I arrived in Paris, France with the expectations of encountering stressful early mornings and non-stop classes. I was apprehensive about whether or not I’d have time to travel and explore the city while also juggling my academic life. I’m now two weeks into the semester and very pleasantly surprised. With classes like International Business, Haute Couture in Paris, Intermediate French, and a course at the Novancia Business School, Perspectives on Innovation, I was a little intimidated. However, after my first week of classes, I was able to adjust and…

August 28 was a blur. I just remember stepping on the plane, sitting around for hours, nearly missing my connecting flight, and taking my first step on French grounds the following morning, at the Charles de Gaulle airport. On the car ride to the CEA Paris Center, I was in total and complete awe. Everything was just so different. Sure, Paris had some similarities to Los Angeles… But, in its entirety? It was a completely unique scene: the people were dressed differently, the buildings were elegant, and everything was in…