When someone thinks of studying abroad, the usual thought process is: “I’ll have an amazing experience, put things on my résumé, and come home with great stories.” Both Mason and I left to France in January of 2011 (from two different states, MN and TX) with the same mentality. While we both knew that studying abroad was already a great choice, we had no idea that we would end up engaged in 2017. Opening ourselves to a new experience in a new country, being willing to experience a…

  Was I scared when I went to France?  Well, I had traveled a lot. I had already been to France four times and gone to 27 different countries. So, was I scared to travel abroad? Nope, I wasn’t. What I was most scared about was this was going to be an ordinary trip for me and I wouldn’t have that life-changing experience everyone talks about when studying abroad. I couldn’t write when I arrived on my nerves because my biggest fear was it would be to basic. I…

Throughout my entire study abroad experience, I have been extremely impressed with CEA (and this is not because I am blogging for them). You don’t really understand all the little things CEA does that you wouldn’t have with another program until you land in a foreign country. Everything form setting up your accommodations, arranging excursions and cultural experiences, The fact CEA organized and rented me an apartment with roommates for the four months I am here makes a huge difference. Another thing different about CEA that I didn’t…

Living in a different country and learning a new language can be difficult to say the least. You might feel like language barriers are squeezing you into a tunnel when all you want to do is communicate globally. I have spent four months in a country with a different language. Some language barriers did arise, but hereare three techniques I learned to help adapt to French and ultimately do what I came here to do: immerse myself in the French culture. Implementing these techniques in any country with…

Tour around Antibes with me and you can see the life I am living right now in the French Riviera! There are so many great times to be had here on the Mediterranean. Stroll on the beach, admire the yachts, discover new, old streets, take the bus. And, of course, what would life be in France if you didn’t stop for coffee and tread every day? Enjoy the journey! Jamie CM is the Fall 2017 MOJO Blogger in the French Riviera, France.  She is currently a Junior studying…

What’s life like in the French Riviera as an international student? Pretty great, actually! First, Wake Up First, I have to wake up in the beautiful apartment room CEA booked for me.  I have two roommates.  One day, my sheets were all washed together, and the dark pink dyed the light pink, I think it makes the bed look more like me!   Make Lunch The bread is delicious but it goes stale so quickly; I can only eat half a loaf before it goes stale. I love…

How you dress is very important in France.  Business and social interaction are greatly based off wardrobe, so dressing well is vital. It is always better to be dressed nicer than average. Here are five tips to dress to impress in the French culture. Dress conservatively Although France is open to topless beaches when you are dressed it is expected you are dressed to cover yourself up. You hardly see any girls walking around in the middle of the day with their bellies exposed or their bras showing. Depending…

Living in Antibes, France is like living in a daydream. The best way to experience the small city is to get lost in old town for hours, just exploring the history, art and nature. There are bakeries, cafes and markets around every corner, each with a delicious, local treat. Sam Y. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in the French Riviera, France. She is currently a Junior studying Mass Communications & Marketing at Towson University.

I love the Mediterranean, so it was an absolute pleasure to be able to volunteer for Nettoyons La Nature (Let’s clean up) day! This event was organized in cooperation with Mediterranée 2000, an association that aims to protect the French coastlines and the Mediterranean Sea. We went by train from Antibes to Theoule sur Mer, which is in the Esterel Mountains to the west of Cannes.   Like everything here in the French Riviera, Theoule sur Mer was absolutely beautiful and we had a wonderful experience as volunteers! A…

We stuffed our bags on the overhead compartment and flew to Switzerland to experience the old buildings, scale the stunning mountains, and bite into the sweet chocolate of Geneva. After 5 days of class, we flew to London and hoped on a tour bus to see all the wonderful sites of England’s pride and joy. Gaby G. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in the FrenchRiviera, France. She is currently a Sophomore studying Communications at Vanguard University