Insight into studying in Paris – a day in the life of an overseas student

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Studying UNCC300 in Paris was one of the best experiences I have ever been a part of. Here is an insight into what a typical day studying in Paris would consist of…

7am: Wake up in our on-res accommodation at St. John’s University

Our cosy little rooms consisted of a bunk bed, with two wardrobes and desks and a sink. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, we would wake up early for our tutorials. We had breakfast downstairs, which consisted of a baguette, jam, fruit juice and yoghurt, then head to our first lesson of the day.

shared accommodation bedroom

shared accommodation bedroom

shared accommodation bedroom

shared accommodation bedroom

 9-11:30am: Class at the Institut Catholique de Paris

After breakfast we would make the short walk from our accommodation to the Institut Catholique de Paris where we would have class for the first 2.5hrs with our wonderful lecturers Chris Hackett (pictured) and Kath Boyle. The class consisted of discussion and conversations around the topics of human dignity. We would take 10 minute breaks to run down to the nearby bakery for a chocolate croissant (or two!) and then get back to it. These tutorials prepared us for the exam and helped us to revise the key definitions of human dignity.

Chris Hackett teaching in the classroom

Chris Hackett teaching in the classroom

11:30-4pm: Sightseeing!

During our breaks between classes I usually went sightseeing! Paris is such a beautiful city and there is so much to see and do. One day I went to Notre Dame Cathedral with some of my classmates, another day we went to the Pantheon, and some days I just went for a walk along the River Seine near the love-lock bridge enjoying the beautiful weather and shopping at the markets. We were there during summer and the weather was 30 degrees most days so it was perfect to spend the afternoons exploring the city (I preferred to study during the evenings and take advantage of the beautiful summer days!) Here are some photos of my adventures during our breaks between classes including the view from the top of the Montparnasse Tower and my visit to the Mona Lisa at the Lourve!

 

Me with The Mona Lisa

the view from the Montparnasse Tower

the view from the Montparnasse Tower

inside Notre Dame Cathedral

inside Notre Dame Cathedral

Pantheon

Pantheon

4-5pm: French class

Each day we would have an hour French class where we would learn basic phrases and conversation starters in order to help us during our time in France. Our French teacher Rachel Christine Lassalle (pictured) was so entertaining and passionate! The French people have a great love for their language so it was great to be able to respect this and try to learn some phrases in order to speak in French when buying lunch or ordering “escargot” (snails – which were surprisingly delicious) at a café!

entrance to our French language school

entrance to our French language school

in French class with our teacher Rachel

in French class with our teacher Rachel

7pm: Dinner at our on-res accommodation at St. John’s University

courtyard of St. John's University

courtyard of St. John’s University

8:30pm: Crepes!

During our time in Paris, the sun didn’t set until 10pm! So it was an unofficial tradition for some of us to go exploring and get French crepes after dinner! We would often walk along the river and get a view of the Eiffel Tower as we travelled to St. Michel (the home of the best crepes ever) to get a Nutella crepe with fresh strawberries and raspberries! Delicious! Then afterwards we would head back to our accommodation, do a little bit of study and hop into our bunk beds to get an early night before another big day of sightseeing!

 best crepes in Paris!

best crepes in Paris!