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

Paris: a city for a romantic, or a romanticizer?

September 26, 2018

It had gotten to the point of the evening where I had become engulfed in the exhaustion of the travel day, the newness of the city, and the chaos of the language-shift. We had been walking walking walking, and dinner was still a few hours away (because the French eat dinner at any point from 8pm-11pm), and the bustling streets were all beginning to look the same to my ridiculously weary eyes. And then, we turned the corner. The Place de la Concorde was truly…glowing under the churning cloudy sky, and we all sort of seemed to, come alive within it all. Bubbly laughter, the kind that translates to “can you believe this?” helped us to forget our bodies for a second and remember just exactly where we were.... Read More

Dispatches from Dakar #2

June 21, 2018

Writing in Wolof by Boubacar Boris Diop, Concert at Almadies with Ma & Cie featuring Kemit, A homage to Sembene Ousmane with a viewing of his film Xala, Meet Professor Carina Yervasi and the Feast of the Korite for Dispatch from Dakar... 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

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