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Get lost in a city you don’t know: Reflections on studying abroad in Toulouse

By High School Semester Abroad at CIEE

Karla S. studied abroad in Toulouse, France, for the fall semester of her senior year on the deNoyelles scholarship for North Carolina students. She answered questions about her experience to... keep reading

The French School System

By Julia G.

Moving to a new country can be incredibly daunting; add getting used to a new school system on top of that, and study abroad can seem overwhelming. Before I left... keep reading

Paris like a Parisian!

By Sophie C.

Paris!! One of the most well known cities in the world. The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the millions of pastries you stuff your face with only to "walk... keep reading

Another Side of French Living (Trip to Marseille)

By Sophie C.

It's crazy that you can learn so much about French culture from just one city in France. In the past two months, I've learned the ins and outs of teenager... keep reading


By Sophie C.

This past weekend, I attended an event in Toulouse called Carnival! My host mom explained that there was a parade with floats and music, so I decided to ask my... keep reading

On the Other Side of Culture Shock

By Julia G.

Sorry that it’s been a while! While studying abroad, it can feel like all your time is filled up; whether it’s your school days that end at 6:00 pm, long... keep reading

The Benefits of Journaling Abroad

By Sophie C.

One of the many things I heard over and over when I told people I was studying abroad was to make sure I keep a journal of my experiences. I’m... keep reading

Basketball Abroad?!

By Sophie C.

Sports have always been a big part of my life, so I knew when I decided to study abroad that I would want to continue while in France. I also... keep reading

First Impressions

By Julia G.

Today marks three weeks since I left my home in a small suburb of NYC to start my semester abroad in Toulouse. It’s starting to sink in that this will... keep reading

Settling In

By Sophie C.

It's been just over a week since I've arrived in Toulouse, but it still doesn't feel real. The city is gorgeous and I find myself in a different cafe every... keep reading