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 Shelly Alfaro, Regional Director Ni de aqui, ni de alla. In English, this means ‘neither from here nor there’. To me, and to many other first-generation Americans, this is a sentiment that really hits home. As we enter Hispanic Heritage … Continue reading My Study Abroad Experience as a First-Generation Mexican-American
By Kaitlyn Webster, Marketing Associate Panoramic views and scenic photo-ops await you at these ten instagrammable picnic spots around the world. Whether you’re currently abroad or planning a trip, be sure to put these photogenic picnic destinations on your study … Continue reading 10 Instagram-Worthy Picnic Spots From Around the World You Need to Visit When You Study Abroad
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
By Matt Gulizia – ISA Senior Site Specialist and Geographic Oversight Manager, Europe Paris is a city that has captivated the masses for centuries, and for good reason. Every twist and turn you take through the city gives you something … Continue reading How to Uncover the “Real” Paris
Starting with the Spring 2017 term, the semester-long programs in Paris will offer students up to three weekend excursion options, from which they can select two. The ISA Paris programs have always included an exceptional weekend excursion to Normandy and Mont … Continue reading New Semester Excursion Opportunities in Paris Starting Spring 2017
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
These awesome art-focused custom programs ran during the summer of 2015 and you can use them to help you start building your successful custom arts program! Art in Tokyo Offered through University of Colorado at Denver, this program focused on Design, Illustration, … Continue reading Follow These Leads to Start Planning a Great Custom Art Program
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).