31 Things Every Study Abroad Student in France Experiences

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1. Total disorientation when you first arrive

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travolta3. Coping with the fact that you’re missing some essential French vocabulary

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5. Figuring out how to greet/say goodbye to people without hugging

awk hug6. Trying to get your French university’s administration to help you with literally anything

maya rudolph finger way7. Seeing your French university for the first time…

conan what the hell is that8. There’s no quad or student union

what is this national treasure9. No school spirit

what is this national treasure10. No frat/social house parties

what is this national treasure11. But wine is cheap

hugh grant dancing across12. And so is cheese, so you at least you’ve got that

hugh grant dancing across13. You stand out when you’re dressed like an American, so you adapt

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14. And your French peers think you’re fun and adopt you as “our American”

shirley temple omg thanks15. Your professor lectures for the entire 2 hours of class

its a lot to hear16. No one checks that you did you homework, or takes attendance

britney confused17. And you realize that school will be easy

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18. So you go to monuments and museums

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19. You drink lots of wine

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ill take everything shopping21. You go out to bars and clubs

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dr who transit bad23. You realize why its so easy for Europeans to travel to other countries: cheap airfare and train tickets. (Let the weekend country-hopping begin!)

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24. You feel super cultured

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25. You live your best social life

best social leo26. Though you definitely have some lonely moments, because your friends don’t live in a dorm with you

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i declare bankruptcy29. During finals, you have several 5-hour exams

wild exam30. Then it’s time to go home, and you realize you didn’t do everything you wanted to

joey31. So you look for graduate programs in France and cry, because you can’t wait to come back

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