Going into my last semester at Fordham, I have looked back at all of the great experiences I have had during my time here. One of the biggest decisions I made while being at Fordham was going abroad the spring semester of my junior year. It took a lot of planning, but with the help of Fordham’s International Study Abroad Programs I was able to have an amazing time abroad.
The first decision I had to make was deciding where to go. I ended up in Paris after researching various programs and discussing all of my options during meetings in ISAP. The office was really helpful and provided a lot of information on picking classes, obtaining a visa, and choosing a program. I chose Academic Programs Abroad (APA) and would be taking all of my classes in French and living with a host family.
I arrived in Paris in January and was abroad until June. I can’t believe it has already been a year since I left! It was an amazing experience. Living with a host family and talking classes in French was a lot of hard work at times, but I feel like I was able to learn so much. Paris was a great city to explore for the semester. I felt prepared to take on another city after having explored New York City for a few years.
|Fordham friends and I at Abbey Road in London|
In addition to Paris, I was able to travel around France and Europe visiting other friends who were also abroad at the time. I visited Fordham friends in London, a friend from home in Florence, and met friends for a weekend in Barcelona. It was an incredible experience to see so many different cities, museums, and eat tons of delicious foods. It was sad to miss out on a semester of Fordham activities, but I am so glad that I was able to make study abroad a part of my Fordham experience!