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Study Abroad in France
is a part of your everyday life and you may not even realize it. And
no, we're not talking about French fries-those were invented in Belgium!
of all, it was France that gave the United States one of its greatest
gifts, the Statue of Liberty. But if that isn't close enough to your
heart, you can thank the French for the camera you use to post pics on
your Facebook, the country made huge strides in photography, and even
are French names all over maps of the United States, and if you've ever
been to New Orleans, you know just how deeply the French influence can
does all of this mean to you? Not much if you don't go to France to see
all it has to offer you. A study abroad program in France will not only
give you an appreciation for French culture, but also a renewed
appreciation for your own.
than 17,000 students study abroad in France each year, and international
students now make up 10 percent of the country's college student
population. Higher education in France is given praise around the world
for its excellent teachers and research.
When you study abroad in France, you can expect to be treated the same as your native classmates, whether in a lecture or in a 'travaux diriges,' or seminar class.
While you can study abroad in France and concentrate on nearly any subject, it's the students with a passion for the arts, architecture
and history that flock to the country in the highest numbers. And
that's no shocker considering that France has been the center of the
arts, as well as an international player, for centuries.
Students of the arts, you will literally have to budget your time given all that France has to offer:
France is also a prime destination for architecture students, as you will see architecture in nearly every style:
students will find that France has been where the action is for quite
some time. Over the course of the centuries, it has been the stage for
the most important developments in the history of mankind, including the
French Revolution, the rise of Napoleon and the rise of the Fifth
Republic under President Charles de Gaulle. It was also the site of the
D-Day invasion of WWII.
More than an Education
its food to its art, France is one of those rare destinations whose
reality completely lives up to its reputation. And as a possible study
abroad location, there is arguably no better place in the world, because
the combination of educational institutions, arts and culture, and
national history are second to none.
the beaches of Nice to the Avignon countryside, the eclectic seaside
city of Marseille to the historic province of Alsace, Paris is
definitely not the only game in town. However, no study abroad program
in France should leave out the 'City of Lights,' as it is truly the
capital of the country:
Paris is also the center of business
and nightlife, with tons of bars, clubs and restaurants, many of which
are open late hours. You can dance with friends, take in a film or chat
and eat at one of the many cafes.
Paris' Le Grand Cafè Capucines is open 24/7, and it's a great place to sample that food France is so famous for:
just as Mom used to say, 'Chew slowly!' When you study abroad in France,
whether eating or not, leave your sense of urgency back home! The
French slow down and savor everything, not just their food. Leisure is
taken as seriously as work in the country, so take your time.
for some strange reason, France isn't enough for you, then you can visit
nearby countries like Belgium, Germany and Spain. But there is so much
to a study abroad program in France that we simply can't cover it all,
you'd better discover it all for yourself!
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