Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
I studied abroad during my junior year in Lyon, France, beginning in the fall of 2005. My hope was to learn a second language, see Europe and hopefully increase my chances of getting a good job when I graduate.
My major is International Business and studying abroad is part of my program. During my year in France, I was able to take courses directly related to my major such as French, European Economics, and Managing Global Businesses. I was also able to take literature and fine arts courses required for graduation, studying the Surrealist movement, Expressionism, poetry by Guillaume Apollinaire, artists like Pablo Picasso, and Paul Cézanne, and sculptures by Constantine Brancusi. Professors who spoke no less than two languages taught the courses. The evaluation process was different. I was evaluated predominately on group projects, presentations and the final exams.
During my year in France, I leased a house with four other college students, three French students and one American. My rent was very inexpensive, less, in fact, than I pay here. In France, fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, cheeses and meats are readily available, often for less than we pay here for the same quality. I mostly cooked for myself, but eating out in France cost about the same as eating out in the state of North Carolina.
During my year in France, I was able to meet many people from a variety of different places and cultures around the world. I travelled to places my parents have only dreamed of seeing. I visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Coliseum in Rome, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and I saw some of the most famous art in the world at the Louvre. I also visited the Champagne region, the D-Day beaches in Normandy and I went skiing in the Alps.
The memories and experiences I have from my year abroad are precious and invaluable. I now speak a second language, know what it’s like to travel and have greatly enriched my knowledge of art and history. It has been my experience that many people view not studying abroad as their biggest college regret, or their time abroad as some of the best times in college. I had an amazing year and I highly recommend it to you.