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Anuja Parikh: student experience

United States

"Grenoble is a perfect study abroad location"

Since my first year of high school, when I took my first French language class, I knew I had to study abroad in France. Having lived in Florida my whole life and only traveling within the United States, France seemed like a whole other world to me.

When I first arrived to the city, everything seemed completely different compared to the United States. Grenoble Winter conditions took me by surprise, but I quickly become accustomed to layering myself in warm coats. Grenoble is a beautiful, student-filled city that I have completely fallen in love with.

Grenoble is a perfect study abroad location, as it is close to both Switzerland and Italy, so it is ideal for travel. My trips to Lyon, Montpellier, Bordeaux, and Paris were absolutely incredible experiences that I am so grateful to have taken.

I was extremely surprised at how open and friendly the students in my class were; as they were all so willing to help my fellow exchange classmates and I integrate. After a few weeks, I realized that the course load and the teaching styles were quite different than at my home university.

These past two months in Grenoble have been like a dream come true for me. My only regret is that I could not stay longer than the four month semester. Grenoble is a friendly city that will immerse you into French culture, and you will gain a truly French experience.

This semester abroad has provided me with amazing academic and personal opportunities, and I have met some of my best friends while abroad


Updated on 23 February 2015 at 1h49 pm