Category: France

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Drexel Passport Day

Attend Study Abroad 101 session Apply for study abroad through Drexel Apply for study abroad through CIEE Submit personal statement Submit letters of recommendation Get course approvals Obtain Passport Obtain long-stay visa Purchase plane ticket The list continues. There are a lot of parts involved in applying and preparing for a study abroad experience, and ...

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Heather in Rennes: She’s American

When my group arrived in Rennes, we were presented with a list of the stereotypes that Europeans hold against Americans. The left column, which contained 40 negative stereotypes, filled up both sides of the page. While the right column, which contained positive stereotypes, barely filled one page. After reading the left column, here are the ...

Heather in Rennes: Grève Consequences

As much as I enjoy living in Philadelphia, I have a love/hate relationship with its public transportation system. I love SEPTA, in that it gets me where I need to go, and I hate it in all other respects. It feels like everytime I try to use SEPTA, the buses are running late, or the ...

Heather in Rennes: Culture Shock

Before I left for France, I was required to go to an orientation at the university with the other study abroad students. Among other things, I was warned about culture shock, a sense of anxiety that can occur when someone is introduced to a new culture. We were informed of ways to prepare for this ...

Heather in Rennes: Bon Appétit II

Dinner in France In my previous post, I said I believed that French people put a lot of emphasis on the quality of their food, and perhaps it’s for this reason that they like to spend a long time enjoying it. Dinner with my host family can last up to a few hours, which I ...

Heather in Rennes: Bon Appétit I

When my host parents asked me about differences between food in France and food in the U.S., the first thing I said was that everything in France seemed to taste fresher. It could’ve been that I still had the taste of plane food in my mouth, but I honestly feel that people in France put ...

Heather in Rennes: Famille d’Accueil

While our orientation in Paris was wonderful, I think everyone in my program would agree that by the last day, we were ready to go home and meet our host families, or familles d’accueils. The rooms at the hostel in Paris were small and un-airconditioned, and some people were sharing rooms with up to eight ...

Heather in Rennes: the French Dis-Connection

The first things I saw when I got to the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris were a McDonalds and a Starbucks. After the sleepless eight hour plane ride, I didn’t know whether I felt comforted by the familiarity or disappointed by it. A classmate and I had arrived together. We were both doing CIEE’s ...

See You Later

“A mind that is stretched new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Hello, hello everyone…it’s time to get in my feeling about how amazing this experience has been. But before I do so let’s talk a little about the Drexel in Paris + London program from a ...

Goodbye Paris

“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.” – Amy Thomas, Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of ...