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…

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…