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Goodbye letter to my class

By Ginger S.

Last week was my last week of school so I wrote a letter to my class saying goodbye and thank you. This is the version I wrote in French and... keep reading

Celebrating Holidays While Studying Abroad

By Ginger S.

Thanksgiving was last week, and I wanted to share what it was like for me in France. Since Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday in France I had school, but I celebrated... keep reading

What It's Like Studying Abroad During a Pandemic

By Ginger S.

I applied to study abroad in France last fall before the coronavirus pandemic. It definitely changed some things and so I wanted to share about my experience being in another... keep reading

A Day in My Life Going to French High School

By Ginger S.

My days start pretty early, class either starts at 8:05 or 9 depending on the day, and it takes me about 25 minutes to get to school. After I wake... keep reading

Trip to Carcassonne

By Ginger S.

A few Saturdays ago we went to Carcassonne for our first day trip of the program! This was before France went into lockdown and now I’m finally getting a chance... keep reading

The First Week of Study Abroad: What I Wish I Knew

By Ginger S.

A little over a week ago I arrived in Toulouse, France for my study abroad! This week I started going to my French highschool, and I’ve thought of some things... keep reading


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