Differences in Food and Education France vs The US

Hannah Vinande Major: French Program: Besancon School and Food, only the essential information here, folks. Two things that I have found to be completely different in France from in the United States is the education system and the food. Only the necessities here, people. Do you want to know the biggest difference between my classes…

The First Month: In and out of the Classroom

Hannah Vinande Major: French Besançon, France – Spring (Faculty-Led) It has been a month since I arrived in France. I can’t believe it, but I also can. Time has been moving slow most of the time, but not that I have a rhythm to my week, things are going smother. Having been a month, I…

Finals in France

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France With finals now out of the way, I’d like to address the differences in education I noticed between the United States and France. The way finals are set up is a lot more official (aka scary) than any test I’ve taken besides like the ACT. Most importantly,…

The Protests in Europe

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain All across Europe there have been protests either protesting local government or the European government. I was in Paris a few weeks ago and the protests were out of control. They were protesting the new taxes on petroleum and other taxes. All of the…

Weekends while Abroad

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 During my time in Spain, I have had a lot of free time. The classes here are by no means a walk in the park, but I would say they are easier than the classes back in Kalamazoo. With less homework and tests to…

Keeping in Contact While Abroad

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France “But what about my phone?” Before departing for France, I scoured the internet for ways to keep in contact with my family. Every other blog I read told me the best course of action for a semester was to just get a French SIM card and you…

The Dreaded Visa Application

Adriana Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France I had heard sometime during the extensive process that French visas were one of the most demanding. I listened to dreamy tales of other countries with much less intensive requirements as we, a group of ten strangers with similar destinations, sat in an office for hours waiting…

A Home Away From Home

Oseas Benjamin Hudy-Velasco Senior (5th yr) / Aerospace Engineering Spring Semester 2017 (4 months) Aix-en-Provence, France – IAU College Area of Study: French Language On January 19th, one day before Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, I boarded a plane in Lansing, MI, the first of three which would…

The Best Decision I Ever Made

Bridget Hendrick Music Therapy Major Lyon Summer Program, Summer II 2017   Studying abroad in Lyon, France, was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was challenging and scary, but also exciting and helped me to grow in many ways. I learned a lot, so much in fact, that my head hurt some…

Eye Opening Experiences in London

Rachelle Post Organizational Communication Major Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 During my study abroad trip in London, England—the environment I lived in was much more quiet than a majority of London. I stayed in an apartment located in Marylebone. Marylebone had a village-like feel and was not very busy. Marylebone was very quiet…

You Wont Regret It

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 I’ve had a lot of people ask me how my time was abroad and to describe it them. I find these difficult questions to answer because how do I sum up the new life I found abroad? How could I possibly do it justice in only…