University:

Email Address:

Phone Number:

France

Flight Voucher $1,000 Flight Voucher when you apply with code by December 05, 2019

The Art of Balancing Academics and Adventure While Studying Abroad

November 05, 2019
by Kylie Forster
IMG_2656

There’s no denying that the “study” aspect is one of the most important elements of studying abroad - after all, what college student wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to take a fashion class in Paris or a business of food class in Florence? Still, it’s no secret that it can be difficult to manage a full course load or an internship while also traveling the world on the weekends. Below are three tips on how to better balance the stress of getting straight A’s and that perfect travel selfie.

IMG_4389

Take courses that are unique to your city and offer immersion opportunities

You’re more likely to be more invested in a class that focuses on one of your host country’s specialties, whether it be architecture, food and beverage, art, or dance! Not only will you be more motivated to do well in classes that are fun, but you’ll fully appreciate them since they wouldn’t typically be available at your home university. These country-specific classes will also help you gain a greater understanding of the local culture, thus contributing to the experiences you may encounter while traveling. Many CEA courses also offer opportunities for immersion activities as well, including field trips to cafes, walking tours of different districts within the city, and classes with native students to keep you engaged with the community!

IMG_4572

Dedicate one day each week to explore your city after classes

After sitting through a full three-hour class, it can be tempting to call it a day and head home to relax -- so at least once a week, challenge yourself to stay out and explore a new area of your city. There are always new gardens, museums, and restaurants to check out, and they may even be the perfect study spot! It could even be as simple as walking home from school instead of taking the metro (strolling along the Seine with a baguette in hand is one of my favorite ways to end the day). If you hold yourself to finding these hidden gems little by little, you’re sure to feel as though you’ve had a productive week in both the realms of school work and adventure.

IMG_4396

Form study groups with friends

Classes abroad tend to be smaller than at the typical American university due to the small program size, so by the time the middle of the semester rolls around, your fellow classmates will feel like your very own family abroad. Since you’re bound to spend a significant amount of time with each other both inside the walls of the CEA center and across your host city, it can be helpful to form study groups where you work together on projects and review for exams. You can even get creative to keep the scenery uplifting; instead of meeting in a cafe or library, study together over a picnic at the Eiffel Tower!

IMG_2662


Kylie Forster is the Fall 2019 CEA MOJO Blogger in Paris, France, and is currently studying at Marist College.
 
Load more comments
Thank you for the comment! Your comment must be approved first
comment-avatar


VIEW POSTS BY CATEGORY

Receive a $1,000 Flight Voucher when you apply by December 05, 2019

Get your flight voucher code and access to Passbook in two easy steps. With Passbook, you can track your favorite programs and courses, save flight vouchers, and watch videos on the destination you're interested in.

Apply Now

Step 1 of 2

Step 2 of 2


*By providing your mobile number, you agree to receive recurring text messages from CEA Study Abroad notifying you of important program deadlines. Message and data rates may apply.

Privacy Policy   |   Mobile Terms   |   Voucher Rules

Your flight voucher has been added to your Passbook. Apply now or view your Passbook to begin the next step in your journey.

LET'S CHAT