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University of Oklahoma

Aix-en-Provence, France

Spring 2017

Madeline Fillip, Alumni Ambassador

1. If you learned another language while you were abroad, what tips and tricks can you offer future study abroad students?

My classes were in French, and I stayed with a French host mom. By participating in class discussions and having dinner conversations, I developed my conversation skills. 
Many strangers will notice your accent and begin speaking English to you, but I've found that if you pretend that you're not American and don’t speak English well, they'll have no choice but to speak with you in French.

2. These places/restaurants/sites were a-may-zing! You should not miss them:

Book in Bar: This café sells books in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and several other languages (although, strangely, there were no French books). There are plenty of well-lit places to sit and get work done, provided that you at least buy some of their delicious tea or pastries. 
Coco Bohème: This is a more hipster café in that you need to take your shoes off once entering, and the lounge is in a basement. Nevertheless, this is a cozy space to hang out and/or get work done. A tea lover's paradise! 
Columbus Café: I regret not finding this sooner. The food and atmosphere are fantastic, and they have free Wi-Fi! 
Musée Granet: This museum has both a permanent and non-permanent art collections, and students get in free with student ID 
Parc Vendôme: This is a great place to sit in the sun. 
Parc de la Torse: This is a great place to run or walk.


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