By Matt Gulizia, ISA Senior Site Specialist One of my favorite things about Paris is that although it is a cosmopolitan and densely populated city, there are plenty of opportunities to explore natural settings. With the spring season coming upon … Continue reading The Parks and Gardens of Paris: the Perfect Pause from the Bustle of City Life
By Kaitlyn Webster, Marketing Associate When I was a junior in college, I had the opportunity to study in Aix-en-Provence, France for an academic year. During those eight months, I faced new challenges, overcame old fears, and immersed myself in … Continue reading 6 Things I Learned During My Year Abroad
By Elizabeth Erbeznik, ISA Curriculum Specialist Study abroad is a process of discovery. You will discover new places and new passions. You will discover skills and strengths you didn’t know you had. And, it’s entirely possible that you might also … Continue reading How Study Abroad Prepares You to Join the Peace Corps – Part 1 of 4
By Matt Gulizia – ISA Associate Director & Geographic Oversight Manager, France & the Netherlands Before studying abroad in Paris, I wasn’t really a coffee drinker. I can already tend toward being a bit hyperactive and didn’t really want caffeine … Continue reading A Definitive Guide to Coffee Culture in France
There were some great articles written by ISA staff and posted on ISA Today in 2017. As the year comes to a close, here’s a look back at 10 of the most popular posts. 1.) 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know … Continue reading ISA Today’s Top 10 Posts of 2017
By Matt Gulizia, ISA France Site Specialist Originally posted on April 13, 2015 Much of the world knows virtually nothing about the city of Lille, France, including how to pronounce its name (hint: rhymes with deal!). Well, we think it’s … Continue reading 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Lille
Faculty-led programs are becoming increasingly common as a cost-effective way for university students to study abroad. Custom Programs also serve as a shorter alternative study abroad experience for students who may not be ready to commit to a full semester … Continue reading Top 5 Essentials for Creating Your Custom Program
by Matt Gulizia, ISA France Site Specialist No matter where you choose to travel, running into cultural roadblocks is an inevitable occurrence. Many people hold stereotypes of the French as snooty, formal, and even rude, but these can often be … Continue reading Ways to Cut Culture Shock and Charm the French
By Matt Gulizia, ISA France Site Specialist Study abroad can be a daunting undertaking for virtually anyone, and cross-cultural perspectives on sexual orientation can be a concern for many students. “Will my host country be accepting of me?”, “Will I be … Continue reading Diversity Abroad: Tips for LGBT Students Abroad – Insights from my Studies in Paris
As part of the continuing series of cities that are great study abroad locations from which to base your faculty-led Custom Program, explore Berlin, Germany. Why Berlin? Berlin is a dynamic, multicultural city that boasts a rich and dramatic past, spanning … Continue reading ISA Sites to Consider for Your Faculty-Led Program: Berlin, Germany
By Caroline Tosbath, ISA Student Services Advisor
I am Caroline Tosbath, a new addition to the Student Services Advisor team here at International Studies Abroad (ISA). I have spent my fair share of summers in the historic and beautiful city of Paris, France. I hope that my small anecdote will inspire you to travel, explore and create your own study abroad story!
Growing up, I spent several summers in Paris, France with my family. For my Parisian mother, this city is home and she wanted us to feel the same way from a very young age. I remember how wondrous it felt to walk the cobblestone streets, eat my first Nutella-filled crepe and explore the aisles and aisles of French comic books at the famous FNAC. I remember looking out the window of my family’s apartment in Montmartre with total enchantment year after year; the joyful French masses singing and dancing at the Abbesses metro stop on Bastille Day, long past midnight or the children going round and round the colorful merry go round on the square. Continue reading “Paris: The City I’ve Grown Up to Love”
By Matt Gulizia, ISA Paris Site Specialist
Paris has been a global epicenter of art and culture for centuries, so what better place to become artistically inspired and influenced than the “City of Light”? Inhabitants of Paris are surrounded by beauty at every turn; rustic cobbled streets, architectural elegance and intricately designed gardens can often be found in the most unlikely of places throughout the city. Even the light itself has captured the attention of prominent artists throughout history, giving Paris its nickname of “la Ville Lumière” (the City of Light).