UQ Program: Bachelor of Economics/Arts

I went to SciencesPo in Paris to study in my 4th year of my economics/arts degree. Studying at a foreign university was a challenging and enriching academic experience.  Although I studied in English because the courses and approach to learning was vastly different from what I had encountered before at UQ.  This was difficult in the beginning, taking 7 classes instead of the 4 that I’m used to and writing essays in a different style from what is expected at home.  While I was abroad I took all of my elective subjects which I highly recommend, it was a nice change to study something different and I learnt a lot.

The language barrier is an issue in Paris, despite the fact that most people can speak English, without speaking some French things are quite difficult.  I would definitely recommend taking an intensive course before arriving.  Parisians have a reputation and can be a little intimidating at first, it takes a little while to get to know them but once moving past this initial awkwardness I made friends that I’ll have for a lifetime.

Life in the city of lights was amazing.  Paris is a fast paced city and the extensive metro system makes moving around quick and easy.  The city is full of the world’s most famous museums and art galleries, the highlights are the  Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and my person favourite the Musée del Orangerie -as a student you have free access to all of these. I enjoyed exploring a different aspect of the Parisian cultural life every weekend, be it jazz clubs, flee markets, art galleries or picnic by the Eiffel Tower there is always something to do.  I would be remiss to mention Paris without mentioning the food I’m definitely going to miss the amazing patisseries, cafés, cholateries, cheeseries and farmers markets.  Housing in Paris can be very difficult to sort out, I recommend arranging it before you arrive and going through an English speaking agency.  As living in the city is very expensive most people will share bedrooms or have someone living in the lounge room.

Paris is an enchanting city and I can’t imagine a better place to be while studying abroad.

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