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Paris Study Abroad Experience Essay

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Alissa has always had a strong interest in leaning about other cultures and experiencing the world through travel. Alissa has a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire where she pursued a major in Communication and a minor in Social Work. During her undergraduate degree, Alissa studied abroad to Florence, Italy which sparked her passion for international education. Alissa’s interest in education and travel led her to pursue a degree in higher education in hopes to work in study abroad. She received her Master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling here at Northeastern where she had the opportunity to return to Italy, spending time in Macerata. Following her graduate degree, Alissa traveled to Israel through Birthright before starting her previous position in Academic Advising. She is thrilled to be back at Northeastern, where her love for international education and student advising comes together at GEO.

Key Roles

  • Advises students on all types of study abroad programs
  • Manages the application process
  • Liaises with partner Universities abroad
  • Holds info sessions, pre-departure orientations, and welcome back events


Africa, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Middle East, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.

Participants in this four week program will live and study in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Students from most majors will enjoy learning about Parisian culture, history, and literature through discussions of literary texts, essays, letters, and select movies.  Led by Pitt-Johnstown French language faculty, the program will explore many influences of French literature from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, following themes from courtly love to Surrealism.  Students will also study the intricate links between literature and the arts through discussions about famous American writers such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Stein—known as the Lost Generation—who lived in Paris in the 1920s.

Coursework will be supplemented by city walks and tours along with guided visits to renown museums that include the Musee d’Orsay, Musee Carnavalet, Centre Pompidou and Notre Dame de Paris.  Students will also explore places of historic and scenic value with a day trip to Château de Versailles, the center of political power in France from 1682 until start of the French Revolution in 1789.

Program requirements:

  • No prior French language knowledge required but previous students recommend basic travel French skills
  • Must have at least a 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of at least 24 on-campus credits
  • Good judicial record on campus

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