Free Things to do in Paris for Students

When most people imagine Paris they think fine dining, luxurious shopping and beautiful artwork. Usually, this translates to spending an amount equal to every paycheck you’ve ever earned. While the city of Paris does in fact have all of these things, it’s easy to experience the Parisian life without breaking the bank. There are plenty of free things to do in Paris, the city of love. What’s not to love about that?

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A Foodie’s Guide to Paris

We all think of Paris as a bustling and romantic city of twinkling lights, magnificent historical architecture, and baked goods to die for. And it is. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles, and walks along the Seine are all wonders to behold, but what about the Paris food spots that no one talks about? We did a little digging and found some fun and charming low-key spots from cafes to night clubs that won’t be bursting with tourists. Here are a few of our fav hush-hush little gems. Don’t tell anyone we told you.

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How To See Paris in a Day

Thinking of stopping over in Paris for a day as part of a European exploration or backpacking adventure? Maybe you’re studying nearby in France and are thinking of making a day trip to Paris? While it is impossible to cover all of Paris in one day, this post will help guide you through the highlights… Read More

2015: Study Abroad by the Numbers

Are you one of the thousands of American students studying abroad this year? Or maybe you just curious what the most popular study abroad destinations for American students are this year? We took a look at the most popular cities for students from  all 50 states and put together this cool infographic!

Twenty in Paris: Information is the Key to Study Abroad Success


One of the most important preparation stages in the study abroad process is research. Visa requirements, culinary differences, foreign language basics, and fun places to travel to are the top researched topics amongst students. Current news stories and student experience in the host country are often overlooked. Let’s take a look at how these 2 topics equate to study abroad success.
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Twenty in Paris: A Checklist for Your First Week Abroad


No trip would be complete without a checklist and studying abroad is no exception. Your first week abroad is a great time to cross many things off your study abroad check list before the start of classes. Let’s take a look at what you should have on your study abroad check list to be completed your first week abroad.

Find your closest Grocer and Laundromat

Locating the closest grocer (supermarket and/or market) and Laundromat will help to make the transition to daily living a little easier and quicker. Ask your host family and program director for local and city wide chains for both types of establishments. Then walk around your neighborhood and locate them. Go into one on your first day to become familiar with the layout and look of the place to help ease any nervousness about being in an unfamiliar location before actually using it. It’s a good idea to also put the names and addresses in your phone for reference. Read More

5 Common French Language Mistakes to Avoid


Language can be a funny thing especially when it isn’t your native tongue. When you study abroad in France, you’ll make mistakes in French. This is completely natural. The best advice I can give is to not be afraid to speak and correct the mistake when you can. Let’s take a look at some common mistakes Anglophones make when speaking French. Read More

Twenty in Paris: My First Day in Paris


My first impression of Paris started about forty minutes after leaving the airport with my distant cousin who picked me up. Brownish buildings with blue roofs and window flower boxes started to appear in large numbers. The volume of cars increased ten-fold as did the number of people. Store signs with words like épicerie and boulangeriewere popping up everywhere. Many sharp turns later, a large statue with a gold warrior on top appeared in the middle of the square. Speeding past, I saw the words la Bastille engraved on the statue. Next thing I know, the car crossed a bridge over a murky brown river. As we crossed this bridge, I saw a looming church to my left pass by us quicker than we approached it- Notre Dame. Then on my right, I saw a building so immense and long that it appeared to go on forever. Before we turned away from this building, I noticed that at the top center was a gold statue of a man riding a horse. I learned the next day it was Napoleon Bonaparte. That building was the Louvre. Next thing I knew, we were going down a small, little street when my cousin suddenly pulled over to the right hand side of the road and parked the car. I was officially in the heart of Paris, France, the place that I would be calling home for the next ten months. Read More