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Read first-hand accounts from our students about their experiences on APA Paris programs.

Dispatches from Dakar #2

June 21, 2018

Writing in Wolof                                                        Conference on Writing Wolof at UCAD Mamadou Ba, Professor of African Literature at Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) teaches the APA Contemporary Francophone Literature course, focusing on written literature. On Thursday, June 7th, he invited his class to a conference organized at UCAD for the release of Boubacar Boris Diop’s latest book, Bàmmeelu Kooc Barma. A French language writer, since 2003 Boris Diop has also been writing in Wolof, claiming the right and the duty to write in the first language of Senegal, which was the subject of this conference. We would love to read this last book by Boris Diop, but we will have to wait for his translation into French or English or to make greater progress in Wolof!   Concert at Almadies: Ma & Cie. (Vocals, Piano, Bass guitar, Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Calabash) For our first show of the program, we chose to attend a... Read More

Dispatches from Dakar

June 7, 2018

News of our inaugural launch of APA Dakar 2018 Welcome to the APA office hosted at the Superior Institute of Management (ISM). We have been welcomed by ISM with generosity and support. Sophie Corbeau directs this first edition of the program with the support of Cecilia and... Read More

Clara’s Guide to Paris

April 26, 2018

Today while I was procrastinating starting one of my five (five!!!!!!!) papers due next week, I decided to instead start writing a guide to the city of Paris. And now I share this list with you, cos I love you. Things to see:   Museums Musée de l’Orangerie Giant Monet water... Read More

Picnic

April 10, 2018

When I think of Paris, one of the first images that comes to mind is a picnic along the Seine. As the city turns to Springtime, that dream finally came true. Last Friday, some friends and I took a baguette, some chèvre, and a tomato to the banks of the Seine. We sat on a... Read More

Curtain Call

March 13, 2018

Every week, APA takes us to see a “spectacle.” The spectacles are one of my favorite things about being in Paris with APA — if it weren’t all organized for me, I doubt I would take the time (or money) to go to a show every week. Paris has one of the greatest... Read More

Czech-ing out the rest of Europe

March 4, 2018

One of my favourite things about my semester in Paris so far has been the time I’ve spent away from the city. One of my biggest reasons for choosing to study abroad in Europe was for the opportunity to travel. Since European countries tend to be fairly small (and because of... Read More

Managing Expectations

February 16, 2018

One of the biggest tropes of preparing to study abroad is having incredibly lofty expectations about your time in another country. I had romantic visions of myself riding a bike with a baguette in the basket and picnicking in a different country every weekend. Me as I imagined... Read More

Une manque de comprehension, or how I ended up with a very short haircut

January 28, 2018

One of the things that made me the most nervous about study abroad was finding trusted professionals like my favourite doctor, dental hygienist, and hair dresser. After one fateful haircut that my mom and I like to call the “Christmas Tree,” I have reason to be... Read More

Saint Malo and Mont Saint-Michel

January 22, 2018

This weekend we went on our first APA weekend trip and visited the walled city of Saint Malo and the old abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. It was rainy and gray for most of the trip, but that didn’t stop us from having a blast! (A blast of wind, get it?) Students accidentally... Read More

Welcome

January 16, 2018

Dear reader, My name is Clara and I’m a junior at Yale majoring in American Studies. I decided to spend this semester in Paris because study abroad has always seemed like such an incredible opportunity to me—the ability to spin a globe and put your finger down anywhere... Read More

To french or not to french…

December 10, 2017

Just as a warning, I’ve spent the last week furiously studying for the 5 billion exams I have next week, so I apologize if this blog post has turned into a heady, intellectually abstract monster…I feel the same way right about now 😉 When I was living in Houston,... Read More

The invisible guide to understanding french body language ch.1

December 3, 2017

I slid onto the metro 13 at Université Saint-Denis. As always, it quickly became packed with people and as the train signaled its warning with a buzz, a handful more arrived,  frantically pushing their way into the crowded car. Leaning against the back window, I... Read More

In the spirit of thanksgiving…

November 26, 2017

Up until a few weeks ago, I was in complete control. I went where I want, I spoke with whom I wanted, and I did it all whenever I wanted to. Pretty much my whole experience of Paris was on my own terms which is to say that I was able to live in almost... Read More

Nudists, friendship formulas, and depression.

November 12, 2017

Whether I’m at home in the 19eme, going from one place to the next, or enjoying a cup (France don’t kid yourself, its a flask) of coffee, I am never alone. This has been one of the main differences that I’ve had to adjust to, living in Paris. Compared to my life in rural... Read More

Some sage scholarly advice on how not to fail Paris.

November 7, 2017

**this is just so long and I didn’t feel like editing it so if you just want said sage advice, I’d scroll all the way down 😉 ** This being the first week of November, we have less than two months left of classes and that also means that we’ve had about two... Read More

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