Attire in Grenoble, France is vastly different from attire in my university, Grenoble Ecole de Management. It might as well be as different as black and white. Overall, the fashion of Grenoble is varied; there are well-dressed business men and women around town, but it contrasts with the individuals on the streets. The biggest difference in fashion in Grenoble compared to my home university (in California) is the weather; it gets cold in Grenoble. The long puffy zip-up jackets, furry hoods, and big boots are all foreign items of clothing…

Unlike other students in my program, I decided to rent a bike for my semester abroad and bike the streets of Grenoble to and from school. Grenoble is one of the flattest cities in France, so it is very convenient to walk out my front door and bike directly to school everyday! Classes vary in size, but I am normally in a class of 30-35 students, and the class times and locations change on a daily basis, so it is super important to make sure you know your…

Choosing where to study abroad is no easy choice due to a variety of factors: which classes are going to transfer back? Where are your friends going abroad? How safe is the country? What language do they speak? The list goes on. Choosing Grenoble was one I struggled with largely due to the classes that transferred back to my home university. Ultimately, I felt like I was throwing myself into something that I had no knowledge of, but I could not be happier about my decision with the experiences I have…

At our second weekly F.A.C.E. (Food, Art, Culture, & Expression), we had the opportunity to make home-made crepes from scratch! The recipe was much easier than I had thought, but the art of making the crepe was the most difficult. It took a few tries to get it perfectly flat and crispy, but I was most surprised with how quick it takes to make a crepe. The total time to make 1 crepe is roughly 35 seconds, each side only takes about 15-20 seconds each to cook. I will definitely…

I have officially been in my new home of Grenoble for a month and I could not be happier. Grenoble has blown away every expectation and desire I’ve had of studying abroad. The city, people, views, and overall experience here has surpassed my mind and I have to pinch myself every once in a while to remind myself that this is reality. With a month of exploring and experiences under my belt, I have found places around town that I love to go to. The best part is…

When CEA students study abroad, they get to experience the world, try new things, and ultimately find themselves through life and school in another country. They also have the opportunity to take over our Snapchat account. Because if you didn’t Snapchat it, did it even really happen? Here are 10 stages of study abroad as told by CEA’s Snapchat stories. 1. Starting your journey is easy when you have a support system that loves traveling as much as you do. 2. Packing is possibly the most difficult part of…

This past weekend, CEA Grenoble embarked on our second of three excursions. Our destination this excursion was the South of France in a town called Arles. We left Grenoble Gare (train station in Grenoble) Saturday morning en route to Arles. Had a layover in a small town called Valence, where we treated ourselves to croissants, pain du chocolats, and coffee before hopping on our second train to Arles. Upon arriving, we headed to our hotel to check in, dropped off our stuff, and then out to explore Arles. Our…

I am finishing my first week of classes at Grenoble Ecole de Management as a 3rd year International Business student, and my expectations couldn’t have been further than reality (all in a good sense, don’t worry). In one week alone, I have met at least one person from every continent (except Antarctica, of course), become accustomed to a new grading system, navigated the correct business practices of Saudi Arabia and Japan, and learned one (undisclosed) curse word in French. I am in awe of the school and the melting…

My brain has worked harder in the past 24 hours then it has in the past 3 months translating and conjugating French! Arriving at the bus station alone and in a foreign place, I was eager to find a familiar face. I was surprised by my host father, Jean Claude, joined by my program director, Patrick, only to instantly realize that Jean Claude spoke no English! The car ride to my homestay was a mix between silent air, French radio banter, and my attempts at saying simple things like “are there a…

I’m going to miss Grenoble. Most of all I will miss taking the tram to get around the city and walking through the park to get home. Grenoble has been the perfect place for observing people. Indian men playing cricket in the little green patch of grass outside the Hotel de Ville station. Couples picnicking on the wooden bench discussing their day. Strangers conversing in the blue bus with their children unafraid to play under watchful eyes. I will miss the trees here which serve as a sort…