CEA CAPA Directory
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Matthew Sinanis, Alumni Ambassador
why was your CEA CAPA program the right fit for you?
My study abroad program in Paris was the right fit for me because I'm studying the French language and could practice my skills and learn more about the culture. Paris was an amazing city to explore the different regions and serve as a good central location to travel to different countries.
how did you engage with the local community while abroad?
I engaged with the local community by going to different cafés, restaurants, shops, and street sellers and did my best to communicate with them in French. Furthermore, I traveled as much as possible while abroad and interacted with different people from each location to learn about them and the location itself. I also went into these interactions with an open mind and tried many new foods that were regional delicacies even if I was unsure if I'd like them. An example of this was in Marseille, France where my friends and I tried raw sardines which were a local delicacy that were recommended to us.