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My Two Cents

Alina, SAI Ambassador

We recently caught up with SAI Ambassador Alina, who answers some questions about her time in Paris.  What advice do you have for new study abroad students? You’ll be wasting a ticket if you travel abroad and stay in your comfort zone. Try all the local food you can. If you’re going to Paris, I personally suggest to get your fill of pain au chocolats (croissant-like bread filled with two sticks of dark chocolate)

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14 Things I Learned in 14 Weeks in Paris

Alexandra, Paris, Spring 2018

While studying abroad in Paris this semester, I learned 14 things.  Here they are: 1) Be as much of a tourist as you can in whatever city you are in, abroad or at home. It is so important to soak up all that a city has to offer and to experience the “must-do’s”- they’re must do’s for a reason! 2) But, know when to live like a local.

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A Day in the Life of SAI Paris

Alex, Paris, Spring 2018

We handed over our Instagram account to Alex for the day. This is her day in Paris.    Hi everyone! My name is Alex Lehnhard and I am a Junior at the University of Alabama, studying accounting and finance. This semester, I am studying abroad in Paris at the Paris School of Business. I’ll be taking over the SAI Instagram today to show you what it is like to be a student in the city of lights!

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How to Make Vin Chaud aux Epices

Jenn, SAI Paris

We caught up with SAI Paris Program Coordinator Jenn, who is contributing to our blog this month.  Jenn is including her favorite recipe for winter: Vin Chaud Aux Epices, a spicy, warm French classic.  In France like in other European countries, as soon as the weather starts to cool off, cafés start serving vin chaud (hot wine). Simple hot wine can be found on the menu, as well as vin chaud aux épices (hot mulled wine)

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A Day in the Life of SAI Paris

Talen, Paris, Fall 2017

We handed over our Instagram account to Talen for the day. This is his day in Paris. Hello everyone!  Today I have taken over SAI’s Instagram to bring you a day in the life of an SAI student studying in Paris.  My name is Talen and I originally study International Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Here in Paris, I am studying at the American University of Paris.

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A Day in the Life of SAI Paris

Diane, Paris, Fall 2017

We handed over our Instagram account to Diane for the day. This is her day in Paris. Bonjour, my name is Diane Calderon. I am a junior at the University of Texas at Arlington studying abroad this fall semester at the American University of Paris. Let me show you what it is like to study abroad in Paris. Sometimes when you are running late or have a really short break between classes, a chicken baguette will save your life.

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When Going to Class Becomes an Experience

Diane, Paris, Fall 2017

I am halfway into the semester and I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. No week is ever the same because classes have new activities, new challenges and trips that turn a typical class into a new learning experience. The classes that I have enjoyed the most this semester have been sculpture, photography and Paris history through architecture. Sculpture: I was scared for this class because I have never done sculpture before.

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SAI Excursion: Nice & Cote d’Azur

Talen, Paris, Fall 2017

Growing up, I remember making trips down to Florida with my family and enviously thinking to myself “Wow! This place is so wonderful. People live here and I am just here to visit.”  The sights and the sounds of all the amusement parks and beaches captivated my young mind. How could there be any place on Earth more beautiful than Florida? Well, there is and I experienced it this semester on an excursion with SAI.

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My Story in the Streets of Paris

Diane, Paris, Fall 2017

The whole idea of just coming to Paris has been a challenge itself. But now sitting down in a café in Rue (street) de la Convention, I can say that I finally made it; my dream has come true. My first week in Paris was full of adventure and learning experiences with my family. It totally gave me a boost of confidence being able to explore the streets of my new city with them.

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How to Order Coffee in France Like a Local

Jenn, SAI Paris Program Coordinator

There are several important things to keep in mind when ordering coffee in France if you don’t want to look like a tourist. First of all, DO NOT order Coffee To Go! Getting coffee to go used to be unheard of in Paris but with the presence of Starbucks and other shops catering to tourists, we are starting to see more and more coffee To Go.

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Bon Voyage

Sarah, Paris, Spring 2017

Let me start by saying that studying abroad has been one of the most terrifying, wonderful, indulgent, adventurous, stressful and rewarding experiences of my life. Yes, it is possible for your semester abroad to be all of the above in the best of ways.

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Dual Citizenship (part 2: professional perspective)

Katrina, SAI Ambassador

Part 2: An interview with Jennifer Wright, SAI Paris Program Coordinator Professional Perspective. This article is a sequel to the personal perspective of dual citizenship through the eyes of a French and American citizen. In case this is the first one that you are reading, I will give a short summary to catch you up. I recently had the please of interviewing Jennifer Wright, the Paris Program Coordinator for SAI, over Skype.

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Spring 2017 Photo Contest Winner

Christa Casolino

Congratulations to Christa Casolino for winning the SAI Spring 2017 photo contest! Christa is studying abroad with SAI in Florence from University of Missouri, and she submitted this stunning photo taken in Paris. “Walking On Sunshine”- This photo was taken in Paris, France at sunrise in front of the Eiffel Tower. Christa’s photo received the most “likes” and she has been awarded a wireless, waterproof speaker.

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An Amazing Experience!

Carolina, Paris, Fall 2016

The Nice trip, organized by SAI, was one of my favorite trips during my study abroad experience. We were a group of eight students and our SAI coordinator, and I really enjoyed spending time getting to know each one of them. It is a great opportunity for all the SAI students in your program to socialize and talk about your study abroad experience so far. It’s also a great opportunity to make new friendships!

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Brunch in Paris

Carolina, Paris, Fall 2016

I love brunch, it’s my favorite meal of the day and my mandatory Sunday activity (along with church of course). Well if you love brunch as much as I do, I have good news – Paris is the place to be! After a Saturday night out with friends, my roommate and I decided we wanted to find a brunch place that would serve a “good breakfast” for a good price.

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New Partnership with Paris School of Business

SAI is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Paris School of Business (PSB), which offers a wide-ranging international business curriculum in the heart of Paris. Founded in 1974, the Paris School of Business (PSB) is an elite “Grande École” management school, combining academic excellence, international awareness, and a focus on gaining real-world professional experiences.

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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Paris

Caroline, Student Ambassador

While spending the Fall 2015 semester in Paris, I discovered many new places to eat.  Here is just a sampling of some of my favorite spots: Le Petit déjeuner : Benedict in the Marais Benedict offers an array of breakfast and lunch options. My favorite was the avocado benedict! Another delicious option is the fish and chips! Benedict is also located in the Marais which is my favorite area of Paris.

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Dual Citizenship (part 1: personal perspective)

Katrina, SAI Ambassador

Part 1: An interview with Jennifer Wright, SAI Paris Program Coordinator  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Wright, the Paris Program Coordinator for SAI, over Skype. I had tons of questions about dual citizenship, including the process, strategies for adaptation, and both personal and professional inquiries. Jenn went above and beyond while answering all of these questions. I highly suggest sticking around in the hopes that your questions and interests are answered and explored below.

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Trekking Through Montmartre

Ariana, Paris, Fall 2016

Montmartre is arguably one of my favorite places in Paris.  It’s almost like you’re not even in the city– it’s just that different from the rest of Paris.  So whether you are catching a show at the Moulin Rouge, or making your way to Sacre Coeur, take a moment to stop and see everything in between. YOU ARE HERE! So there are many places to start your walk through Montmartre.

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Discovering Paris

Carolina, Paris, Fall 2016

My first week in Paris consisted of good food, interesting adventures, and GREAT people. I met the rest of the SAI students participating in the AUP program as soon as I got to the airport. Endless to say we were all very tired after our long flights, but soon I realize that they were a group of lovely people. Afterwards, my roommates and I made our way to our new (and tiny) apartment.

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The Château de Chantilly

Carolina, Paris, Fall 2016

This was our first excursion outside of Paris. We went to the town of Chantilly to see the beautiful Château de Chantilly. Since we don’t have classes Mondays, we decided to leave Paris for the day in order to explore a little more of France.

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My Class at the Louvre

Carolina, Paris, Fall 2016

I am studying at the American University of Paris this semester. The campus is right in the middle of Paris. Surrounded my iconic landmarks and cafes. I truly like my classes and my professors. I am taking some interesting classes this semester including Human Right Law and Comparative Politics, but I think the most interesting class I am taking is called “Introduction to Art through Paris museums”.

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What I Will Remember From Paris

Zhuyun, Paris, Spring 2016

La Seine (Seine River) is a long and important river in the north of France. I love the views around the Seine. So many trees are planted on both sides. I can see so many palaces to the north of the river, the Eiffel Tower to the west of the river and a view of Notre Dame. I enjoy the moment when I walk along the river, the wind following me.

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Meet our Blogger: Zhuyun

Paris, Spring 2016

Zhuyun was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2016 term. She is a current student at Cedar Crest College studying at The American University of Paris in France during the Spring 2016 term. 10 FUN FACTS ABOUT ZHUYUN 1. I have to have enough sleep and a good healthy breakfast to start everyday. 2. Sometimes, I want to be surrounded by a lot of people, but I also want to be alone. 3. I love smiling. 4.

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Nous Sommes Debout, Nous Sommes Unis

Robert, Paris, Fall 2015

There’s a Paris before the terror attacks that took place on Friday, November 13, and there’s a Paris after the attacks. When we heard the news we weren’t even in Paris. The American University of Paris, was holding Fall Break from November 11-15, which was a great opportunity for students to travel. Seven of us from SAI had met in Prague earlier that day.

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A Day in the Life of SAI Paris

Robert, Paris, Fall 2015

We handed over our Instagram to a few students this month and asked them to take us through their day in their host city. This is Robert’s (Bobby) day in Paris (October 13, 2015). Bonjour everyone! My name is Bobby Caruso and today I’ll be taking over the SAI Instagram. This semester my dreams are coming true by studying abroad in Paris with SAI.

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Paris: Things to Know and Places to Go

Andrew, SAI Ambassador

If you are studying abroad for the first time, like me, you probably have some worries. These may include feeling homesick, not knowing how to get around the city, or general concern about not seeing the best Paris has to offer. I can assure you that the only way you can have a truly unique and personal adventure is to explore on your own. It’s not hard!

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What I’ve Learned in Paris

Robert, Paris, Fall 2015

Today marks two weeks since I touched down in Paris and the experience has been life changing, eye opening and remarkable. While I have been to Paris in the past, this was the first time I lived abroad and I have already learned so much. Here’s just a sample of the many things I’ve learned already. 1.  Paris is as Beautiful as I Remembered it.

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The View From the Top

Shayna, Paris, Fall 2015

Each day, I leave my apartment and hop in the elevator, ready to embark on a day full of adventures. As soon as I step out of the elevator and onto the street, I am reminded of the beauty that Paris has to offer by the cobblestone streets, people walking their dogs, and the smells of the bakery around the corner, even the beauty of hearing native French is like music to my ears.

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Meet Our Blogger: Shayna

Paris, Fall 2015

Shayna was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Fall 2015 term. She is a current student at Rochester Institute of Technology studying at American University of Paris (AUP) in Paris, France during the Fall 2015 term. Tell us why you chose to study abroad. Call it cliche, but I am so ready to get lost and be found. I can’t wait to see things I’ve only dreamt of seeing and do things that I never thought possible.

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Meet Our Blogger: Robert

Paris, Fall 2015

Robert (Bobby) was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Fall 2015 term. He is a current student at Western New England University studying at American University of Paris (AUP) in Paris, France during the Fall 2015 term. GET TO KNOW BOBBY Tell us why you chose to study abroad. My decision to study abroad has roots back to high school.

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See You Later Paris!

Sina, Paris, Fall 2014

I honestly cannot believe that the semester is already coming to an end. Time flies by so quickly when you’re constantly emerged in a culture where you’re learning something new everyday. It still leaves me in shock thinking back to the fact that I’ve been living in Paris since the end of August. Now that December nears, I’m mentally preparing myself for the end. I have to admit, it’s bittersweet.

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Paris in a Different Light

Sina, Paris, Fall 2014

As it is evident to most, Paris is a complete tourist magnet. It’s vital to experience all of the tourist spots, such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, and the Louvre, however, after spending over two months in this city I’ve absorbed a bunch of tips that allow me to see Paris in a different light and make me feel like a Parisian local even when in touristy areas.

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Evolving into a Parisian

Sina, Paris, Fall 2014

I have now officially lived in Paris for one whole month! Throughout the time I’ve lived here thus far, I have gradually adapted to the Parisian lifestyle. For starters, the apartments and living spaces are much smaller and more compact compared to American homes. One thing that I found myself struggling with at the beginning was doing laundry. A typical Parisian home only has a washer, no dryer.

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On Cloud 9

Sina, Paris, Fall 2014

After a long journey all the way from the United States, I finally made it to the “City of Love.” From the second I stepped foot onto French soil, I was in complete awe. From the intricate architecture, to the fresh food markets on every street corner and the thousands of Parisians filtering through the streets, my eyes were wondering aimlessly. I knew from day one that I was going to love this place.

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Meet our Blogger: Sina

Sina, Paris, Fall 2014

Sina is a current student at University of Tampa studying at American University of Paris in Paris during the Fall 2014 term. I’m so excited to take off for Paris at the end of August and make memories in the following four months that will last a lifetime. I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the SAI blog for my time studying in Paris. Tell us why you chose to study abroad.

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See You Later

Michael, Paris, Spring 2014

I can’t believe my experience abroad is coming to an end. It seems like just yesterday I was hauling my 70lb bag up 4 flights of stairs. When I arrived to my apartment, I laid on my bed exhausted and jetlagged thinking; “it is going to be a rough 5 months on this hard mattress.” Now, when I travel I look forward to coming back to my little Parisian apartment, because it is my home.

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Top 10 in Paris

Michael, Paris, Spring 2014

I feel already that this guide should be taken as a grain of salt. Often when traveling I hear stories and expectations from others of what they have heard is amazing. Remember, that was their experience and this is yours. My favorite moments abroad so far have been spontaneous, adventurous, and unplanned. My first tip is to explore the streets with an open mind.

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This is Real. I am in Paris.

Michael, Paris, Spring 2014

When I get up in the morning and walk to class, I pass by people walking to work and school. I see the friendly, neighborhood panhandler outside the bakery. I see the sun rising in the distance (sunrise is very late here). As I sometimes get lost in the daily actions, I have to remind myself that this is real. I am in Paris!

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So Much to do and See

Michael, Paris, Spring 2014

As I nervously stepped onto the plane, I had no idea what to expect. I was anxious and nervous. I worried about silly things like how I was going to manage to get my 70lb bag to my apartment, and not so silly things like what would happen if for some reason they didn’t allow my 17 bottles of insulin medication through customs. But once I arrived, everything just seemed to fall into place.

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