Paris In Four Months! Why I Moved To Paris For My Study Abroad Semester
Paris in four months! Crêpes, macarons, French wine, and the sparkling Eiffel Tower. It is hard to describe the love a girl has for Paris. A fairytale destination we all wish to visit someday because everything about Paris is a blessing.
Two years ago, on the 4th of January, a good friend of mine dropped me at the airport, and my flight was taking me to my abroad semester – Paris, the city of love. In this article, I am telling you about my experiences of studying in another country. The reason why I decided to move to Paris even though I do not even speak French.
Back then it really was the situation of a new year, new city, new university and kind of a new life. Was I nervous? A little bit, to be honest. I have been living in London before, so I already knew the challenges of moving to another country. Nevertheless, I never expected I would need such a long time to get used to living in Paris.
I went to Paris for my first study abroad semester because we were just allowed to move to countries within Europe from my home university. In the beginning, I actually wanted to move back to London. But then I thought it would be better to move to a new place. Mainly because I have always loved French fashion and could also find the right study abroad program. Therefore, I quickly decided that it would be Paris in four months.
T H E B E G I N N I N G, A C C O M M O D A T I O N, S I G H T S E E I N G
While I was in the city of love, I lived in the second arrondissement. Unfortunately, the building was looking like a run-down place. Thanks to visiting Vietnam a lot, I was used to seeing not so pretty places. However, I would have never expected to face a situation like this in France. Luckily, my apartment was super cosy and lovely from the inside and at the end that’s the fact that matters, isn’t it?
As I already mentioned, somehow, I struggled a little bit at the beginning of my time in Paris. Even though I wish I could speak the most beautiful language in the world, I can only say a few sentences and maybe count the numbers, but that’s it. Furthermore, I moved to the capital of France alone. My best friend went to another uni in Paris and came a few weeks later. So, in the beginning, I handled many things on my own: included sightseeing and a lot of shopping.
I already visited Paris a lot of times with my family. Hence, all the sightseeing and shopping streets were pretty familiar to me. On the other hand, I have never been to the museums before. They say Paris stands for food, fashion, art and culture. Because of that I gave myself a hint and visited the museums too this time. In the end, I really enjoyed the visit, and they weren’t boring at all!
Here are the top 15 places you have to visit in Paris!
U N I V E R S I T Y, F R I E N D S, L I F E S T Y L E
My first day in the university was an orientation day. It was an event where we learned more about our timetable. Also, it was the best chance to meet the other exchange students. We had the opportunity the meet local students who are organising the events for us as well.
Did you know that they say the friendships with “I didn’t like you in the beginning” are in the end the best? Once again, it was proven that this quote was right. On the orientation day, I met Nhi, a Vietnamese girl from Berlin. It’s always easier to connect with people from Germany, but somehow I didn’t like that girl. However, we had many classes together. Therefore, we started to get to know each other better, and Nhi even became like a big sister to me. How ironic, but I would say: lesson learned.
In my opinion, you should find someone who you can connect with if you go abroad. Luckily, I found beside Nhi, another girl from the Netherlands. We did many things together. Such as sightseeing, shopping, Disneyland, partying and going out for brunch, lunch and dinner. Sadly, but the truth was that we all spent most of our money on food, but I really miss these brunch dates with the girls.
These are the Brunch and Dinner places you can’t miss in Paris!
When I lived in London, I just had friends who went abroad like me. Don’t get me wrong; I genuinely love them. It was the time of my life with them in London. Nevertheless, I think it was such a pity that I didn’t connect with British people. My Paris experience was completely different. I wasn’t searching for French friends, but it turned out now that I found incredible and charming French friends. Thanks to my university in Paris, because they mixed us exchange students with the native ones. Due to that, it was easier to connect with them. If you now think that they will come to you and want to be friends with you, then you’re wrong. Of course, they are friendly and helpful, but I think in an age like us, you actually don’t make friends so fast and so easy as when you were younger.
In the beginning, the French students just stayed with themselves. Luckily, a guy in my main core class was looking for a member for his group work. Thanks to that, we got in touch with each other. I am pleased about this because that moment was the beginning of a beautiful and crazy friendship. My other French friends were studying finance with me.
Why do I tell you all of this? My stay in Paris would have been entirely different without my French friends. Native students will show you their way of living in the city. It’s a kind of style you would never know if you don’t have people guiding you.
At my university in Paris, they organised a lot of parties. What fascinated me the most was that all the local students have a community feeling. They identify themselves as a student from that university, and they almost all attend the events.
We had events such as private parties, a gala night with beautiful gowns and suits. However, the highlight was the university presidential election. I’ve never seen something impressive like that before, and I am glad that I could have been part of all that.
Unfortunately, I studied there just for one semester, but it was a blast!
I W A N N A S T A Y H E R E F O R E V E R…
… here in London. Here in Munich.
I left my heart in so many places, so I never considered Paris to be another place to live. And then, when I was standing on the terrace of Printemps. While watching the sunset over Paris, I discovered the Eiffel Tower. Standing there with such elegance and coated by the warm shafts of the sunlight… Exactly, at that moment, I knew I want to stay in Paris forever. Additionally, I also knew that a piece of my heart will always remain there. So, precisely at that moment, I fell in love with Paris even a little bit more.
Yes, I love London, and I also love Munich, but you know what? Just because everything is perfect in the place you are at the moment, why shouldn’t it be better somewhere else as well?
I gained so many new experiences throughout the four months in Paris. I made such beautiful memories with incredible people. Experiences which made me more open-minded. A time when I could improve myself a little bit more and another beautiful city where I fell in love with. So yes, this was my experience from Paris in four months.
Fall in love with as many things as possible and spread the love!
Now two years later, my friends and I are still keeping in touch, and that’s what I love so much about moving abroad. Because in the end, you will win international friends and the experience is priceless! So go study abroad! Go and have your own Paris in four months experience! Here all the reasons why you definitely should go study abroad! If you want to have a visual impression how my study abroad semester was, then check out this TikTok! (@lyy.hng)
Thanks to everyone who went along with me on this journey. Thanks for four months in Paris.