Wine tasting with EAP

The Education Abroad Program is great for a number of reasons. All of the classes you take abroad count for units when you get back to your UC, the cost of tuition is about the same, you get to meet other California kids, and (in my case) your program includes a free day in the…

Sojourn in the south

I am now officially a seasoned traveler of the French landscape. I have taken two trips thus far – a day trip to Grenoble (very beautiful, we took a gondola to the top of the city) and an overnight stay in the south of France (we went to three cities!). Being able to travel around…

Choosing classes

I have now finished my introductory French courses and have moved on to the full-blown real-life university courses here in Lyon. At UCLA, choosing your classes happens long before you ever get into them (in most cases – you can always drop and add), but here the course system works differently. ¬†French students all have…

A Sunday parade

Lyon always has lots going on, especially on weekends, which makes studying here a real pleasure. This past Sunday there was a parade on the city’s “presqu’ile,” which means “almost island.” It’s a peninsula formed by the two rivers that run through Lyon that is full of shops, restaurants, people, and (recently) paraders. The parade…

Done with my first week of classes (kinda)

I am now finished with my first week of classes here in France! It feels a little weird to be starting school so early because back at UCLA the quarter system doesn’t get going for another few weeks. I haven’t started my official classes quite yet, though – the ones I’m in right now (for…

En France

Yahoo! I am finally in France for my year of studying abroad with EAP. I’ve been here for almost a week now and already a lot has happened. I spent my first few days in the city’s international student center with around 60 other UC students. It’s been a ton of fun (despite being kind…

Getting My Visa

Okie doke, this is the first of what will be many posts chronicling my study abroad experience. I am going to be studying in France for the whole year next year, and even though I’m still in the states for now, lots of stuff has happened (and continues to happen) to get me ready for…