UQ Program: Bachelors of Arts

I undertook a semester of study at ESSCA in Angers and it was undoubtedly the best experience of my life. I did so after spending a semester studying in Milan and though I have Italian roots and I love Italian football, my experience in this pretty little French town stood out.

The reasons for this are many. Firstly, I lived with a French family in a beautiful French cottage house. I was taken care of like a family member and it enabled me to learn the French language and much about the national culture and food. Secondly, as Angers is a relatively small town (roughly 150K population) in just one semester it was possible to get to know some of the locals. This really was great as it helped you feel like part of the city and not just a foreign student temporarily studying there.

Another reason is that Angers is really a charming and beautiful French town and there is enough on offer in terms of restaurants, bars and activities to keep one entertained. But, the most important reason that made it such a memorable experience is that because the university is quite small and because the exchange student body was only about 50 to 60 in number, there was a great sense of unity amongst the students who organised numerous endless parties and activities that made for much fun.

Though I stayed with a French family, I also spent much time at the De La Maine Residence which is the residence I would strongly recommend. It is minutes from the town centre, the river and is across the road from many cool bars, including one called l’atelier which is a must see for anyone.

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