Daniel Budke
Architecture Studio in Paris
Daniel Budke
Architecture Studio in Paris
Texas Tech University

"The six weeks I spent in Paris were amazing, in large part to the efforts of the ISA Paris staff; Lauren, Collette, Gabriel, Annamaria and everyone else at the office were great. Working with an architecture class, they took the opportunity to show us the history of Paris and discuss in-depth parts of the design story with us that would have otherwise been glossed over. Whether chatting with Gabriel on the history of the châteaux and wineries in the Loire Valley or discussing the stained-glass windows in Chartes, I felt my questions and comments were welcomed by the staff.

ISA also really helped us to learn the city and get around. During the few times a couple students got lost only to run into one of the staff on the street, and from figuring out cell phones to shipping textbooks to the office, they helped us figure it out.

ISA staff were always interested in our projects and lectures, and politely listened when we went off on an archi-babble explanation of what we had seen that morning or earlier that week. The friendships that we developed witht he staff helped us as American students to feel welcomed and wanted in a time that Americans don’t have the best reputation abroad. Thanks to their efforts we were able to see so much of Paris and France in only six weeks while also being able to finish our studio work.

Vive la France, Vive l’ISA, Vive la Paris."
 

kat drerup
UGA à Paris
kat drerup
UGA à Paris
University of Georgia

"My study abroad experience this past summer with UGA à Paris was unlike anything I ever imagined, and it is hard to put into words just how much it changed my life!

I expanded my cultural diversity, I gained knowledge of topics in international affairs, and found the most diverse group of friends imaginable! The academics of the trip were well planned – because the workload was rigorous but wasn’t overly-strenuous, I could enjoy my time in Paris and still finish my reading and homework. It was a learning experience outside the classroom as well.

The ISA staff was absolutely awesome! I have a severe food allergy, and they were so incredible with talking to restaurants and making sure there was no cross-contamination of food and ingredients. I became close with them, and they told us all the secrets to navigate the metro, where to shop, and places to go. It was especially insightful since I do not speak French and I would never have learned about museum specials, shows, or cultural events without them.

One of my favorite excursions that ISA planned was to the Loire Valley. We toured beautiful châteaux. We spent the day at Château du Chambord and I learned how to ride a tandem bicycle, which is one of my most fond memories.

My experience in Paris has shaped who I have become, and this was the best decision I could ever have made in college. My travels this summer have inspired me to study abroad again this spring for an entire semester, and I will be going with another UGA program to Italy. By taking a leap of faith, I had the opportunity to dive into the unknown and experience one of the best adventures of my life!”