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…

UCLA Goes to London (Week 2)

Second week in London!  This week began with a trip to Camden, a town known for its thrift shops and food.  It was like going to a giant outdoor market; vendors everywhere trying to sell you so much stuff.  A group of us spent a few hours there and my friend Evan and I broke…

UCLA Goes to London (Week 1)

Yesterday, I arrived home from the most amazing trip to England.  I did Travel Study with the English Department and went to London and Stratford-Upon-Avon to study Shakespeare.  This post is one of four where I’ll describe my four-week trip. Traveling to England was surreal.  It was my first time traveling internationally so it was…

Bruins Take London

When I talk to prospective students about attending UCLA, one of the primary benefits I speak most to is the opportunities available to students, no matter what their major or distinction.  One of those opportunities is Studying Abroad and Travel Study.  I am lucky enough to be able to take advantage of this great opportunity. …

Finals Week at UCLA

A week before finals week, I unfortunately got sick with Strep throat. That same week I had two papers do, a project, and also a final (back to back days). So I had to deal with deadlines and sickness all at the same time. Thankfully for me though, I had almost finished with all of…