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07/20/2015

Access the World Scholarship Recipient Reflects on her Study Abroad Experience!

First and foremost, I want to say thank you to CIEE for allowing me to to experience study abroad during the summer of 2015, Session 1 in France through the “Access the World Scholarship”.  I realized that I can survive traveling alone internationally, since this was my first time ever traveling fully across the Atlantic Ocean and going to Europe. I went to Paris twice on my own and Amsterdam for a day.  I really learned a lot in the class on European Integration on the politics, policy, law and on the culture of France and the E.U. The teachers were very in tune with the material. I loved the way they were able to put the information together in ways that I was able to retain, via readings out loud, smart board, videos, conversations, and more. I felt that knowing the politics and culture really helped me understand France more while I was there. I learned from my host family more ways to eat healthy and realized that self-care and taking time instead of rushing while eating is crucial. I also, liked the excursions to the other places in France (Carcassonne and Collioure).   Within Toulouse I enjoyed eating macaroons and making dinner with my host family.   During the "ICE" Weekend in Madrid I was able to taste different cuisines, speak more fluently and meet students from other programs. I liked the Survival French class that I took.   The teacher was able to teach me words that I needed to use for going to restaurants and asking for directions. Also, I was able to write things down phonetically in order to communicate in French. I liked the experience of seeing how the culture and food is different from the United States in a good way. I miss the price of organic food and the transportation in France. I also liked the fact that I got to meet other people either previous students from the semester course and to speak with people from the city in Toulouse. Last but not least, I would like to thank all the people involved in CIEE Toulouse for being aware of my food restrictions and for giving me advice on where to go to eat for lunch and where to buy food. I found places like Vietnamese restaurants and other organic natural restaurants that serve gluten free and dairy free thanks to their advice.    20150616_185205

A carousal in Toulose

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Study trip to Airbus in Toulouse to learn about the aviation industry

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Jardin de Plantes

 

CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to offer motivated and high-achieving U.S. college students with disabilities the opportunity to study abroad!

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush's signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990, CIEE is awarding 25 scholarships to students to enroll in CIEE study abroad programs.