Christmas Spirit in Strasbourg

“Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot…” so goes How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. If Whoville existed on Earth, in our world, Strasbourg would be that place. The day after Thanksgiving, our little group from Caen embarked on the journey from our little town in lower Normandy to Alsace, right […]

Beating the Study Abroad Blues

When you decide to study abroad, you will be faced with many orientations designed to prepare you for the inevitability of culture shock and homesickness. One of the most helpful parts of the orientations was this graph, which helps give a visual for the stages of culture shock you will encounter during your time abroad: […]

Reflections on the Halfway Point

Having just finished my vacation in London with my dad, I realized that I have officially reached the halfway point of this journey. To be honest, it doesn’t feel like I have been in Caen for the two months that I have been here. I’ve finally started feeling familiar with the education system (11.5/20 on […]

A Day in the Life

One of the greatest adventures I’ve had abroad, not counting my adventure with the French education system, would be finding a rhythm for a normal day. When I’m at school in Denver, I thrive on my normal routine. I always know what’s going on, when everything is happening, and what I need to do. Needless […]

The Actual Studying part of Studying Abroad

I had this vision in my head of what class would be like when I decided to study abroad in France. I thought of me, speaking eloquent French with other foreign and French students, discussing history, politics, and literature. Flash forward to now, and I am sitting in a classroom speaking French with other foreign […]

API Spring 2015 Study Abroad Deadlines Extended – Part 2

The following programs with deadlines of October 15th have been extended to October 30th: 3 Cities, Italy (Tuscania, Rome, Venice) Semester Program (Lorenzo de’Medici: The Italian International Institute) Barcelona, Spain Language and Culture (University of Barcelona) Bilbao, Spain Business, International Relations, and Spanish Language (University of Deusto) Spanish Language and Culture (University of Deusto) Studio Arts (University […]

First Morning in Caen

It’s my first morning in Caen, and my brain is absolutely muddled and fried. I’m hopelessly fatigued from translating my host family’s rapid-fire French into my native English at 8:00 in the morning, I’m still incredibly jet lagged (it’s midnight at home… I should still be asleep!), and hungry enough to eat an entire baguette […]

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