Category: Sciences Po

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Patrick in Paris: Where’s home?

After travelling for a week, it was really refreshing to be back “home” in Paris. Although I’ve been there for a little less than two months now, I can (finally)  say that I’ve gotten pretty settled and am used to life in Paris.   //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js   I’m actually currently visiting a friend in London right ...

Patrick in Paris: Oh…vacation

After only three weeks of classes, every University in France graciously has a full week of vacation in mid-February. Although personally I would have preferred to save my vacation for later this term (i.e. when I’m swamped with work during week 10), I really can’t complain in the slightest. One of my friends from high ...

Patrick in Paris: « Méthodologie de Sciences Po »

Bonjour à tous ! As per the tags and my previous posts, you may know that the name of the school I am studying abroad at is “Sciences Po,” which is short for “l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris,” or in English, “the Paris Institute of Political Studies” (which is quite a mouthful and why everyone ...

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Patrick in Paris: L’administration

Bonjour à tous. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have had a number of administrative issues. The purpose of this post is to provide anyone who is planning on coming to France for an extended period of time an overview of how things work here, while providing some anecdotal comic relief (Spoiler Alert: ...

Patrick in Paris: One Month In

Bonjour de Paris ! Hello from Paris! I can’t believe I’ve already been living in Paris for over a month. I already have so much to share about this fantastic experience, and I’m happy to (finally) be able to start blogging after successfully battling the French administrative gods to get my life (including internet) in ...

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Greta Jusyte: Final Touches

Hey guys! Things were extremely hectic my last month abroad. In the beginning of December, Sciences Po students have a make-up week, where only classes which were cancelled during the semester are scheduled. Then, the week after is reading week, which provides students with the time to study for finals. Lastly, the last week of ...

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Greta Jusyte: Thanksgiving and other updates!

Last Thursday, the exchange students organized a Thanksgiving away from home. It was really great because the Americans at Sciences Po had an opportunity to share a part of their cultural traditions and the non-Americans were able to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time. We all signed up to bring a particular food or dish ...

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Greta Jusyte: Germany

This past weekend, I took the train to Mannheim, Germany to visit a friend and a fellow International Areas Studies student who was studying abroad in Germany. Lauren was nice enough to house me for the weekend, which greatly cut down the cost of traveling. Further, Lauren, being the amazing midwestern host that she is, ...

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Greta Jusyte: Celebrating Holidays Abroad

Holidays are the one thing that makes students miss home, especially if students are living in a country where the holidays are barely recognized. Last week, I was forced to celebrate Halloween, a beloved and fun American holiday, in France. Some significant parts of the population in France are aware of the existence of Halloween, ...

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Greta Jusyte: Champagne

This past Friday, a friend and I finally visited Vranken-Pommery, a famous Champagne house located approximately a block from my residence. There is a plethora of Champagne houses in Reims, which is just one of the perks of living and studying in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. The visit included a thirty-minute tour and champagne ...