Twenty in Paris: 5 Quick, Affordable and Fun Day Trips Near Paris


Studying abroad in Paris will afford you the opportunity to visit the sites, museums and beauty that makes Paris, well, Paris. But sometimes it’s good to take a break from visiting the City of Lights to explore the other culturally and historically rich areas right around Paris. Let’s take a look at 5 quick, affordable and fun day trips near Paris. Read More

Study Abroad E-book Giveaway

TIP_stamp“Today’s college students understand the importance of a global market and the advantage studying abroad can be in their career,” says Andrea Bouchaud, former study abroad student and author of Twenty in Paris: A Young American Perspective of  Studying Abroad in Paris. Read More

Twenty in Paris: Parisian Apartments 101


Living in Paris is a dream come true for many students. What’s not so dreamy is the typical Parisian apartment Americans students will stay in during their time abroad. It is important to understand that Paris is a very old city with very old buildings. Updating and modernizing these buildings while still preserving their historical attributes is not easy. Let’s take a look at what it’s like to live in a French apartment. Read More

Twenty in Paris: Conversion Cheat Sheet

Preparing to study abroad is busy enough that we can forget about minor things that are a major difference such as telling the time, expressing and understanding size, and knowing how to dress for the weather. You don’t have to master the metric system or military time to understand size or get to places on time. Let’s take a look at some tricks and quick tips. Read More

Staying Fit and Keeping Well Abroad


I had been living in Madrid for about three weeks when I started to realize that all of the tapas and cañas had started to take a toll!  I have been called a ‘gym rat’ by more than one person so it was only a matter of time before I went in search of a fitness regimen that would fit well into my new life here in Spain.  Not only does exercising contribute to my physical well-being, it is also a great option for reducing stress (there’s nothing like trying to juggle work, school, and a move across the ocean to raise one’s stress levels!). Read More

Traveling with Ease Part 2: Smooth Arrivals


Most airlines do an adequate job of helping you relax while in-flight. But when the plane hits the runway, panic suddenly hits when you realize that you have actually arrived. A major part of flight anxiety is the journey to the unknown, somewhere unfamiliar and out of your comfort zone. But by making a few simple preparations, you can transform that apprehension into excitement.
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A New Set of Priorities


Should being Abroad come before Studying in Studying Abroad?

Studying abroad equals travel. To us, it’s an incredible opportunity for us to experience places and cultures we’ve only dreamed of. It’s our chance to live it up and create unforgettable memories that we’ll joke about for years to come. It’s our chance to live every minute to the fullest because you only live once, and there’s no second chance. Read More

Breeze through summer on a shoestring budget

As a graduate student, I always feel the pressure to balance my budget while trying to have fun.

Having come from the sunny country of Nepal where the sun shines high and bright even on our snow-capped mountain areas (more about Nepal in my coming blog posts), I had no idea what all the fuss about SUMMER was until I joined my University went to upstate New York. Winters that practically lasted half a year made me realize why California is all the rave in the US. I realize there’s a reason why the “crazy” daylight saving is justified –  to enjoy the sun as long as possible! 😉 Read More