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"Studying and living abroad with the Paris Consortium Program not only improved my life and knowledge as a student, but it contributed to my life as a professional as well. Learning a language, living in a foreign city, and living outside of my comfort zone each and every day built my confidence tremendously, which then contributed to my growth as a freelance wardrobe stylist and actress in the entertainment industry.

I am constantly referring back to my time in Paris and its impact. The whole year challenged me to discover life in Paris and throughout Europe, develop new relationships (both American and foreign), and gain independence as a young adult. The program is not just an educational experience but a life experience that increases your confidence in yourself and your ability to perform and accomplish anything you set your mind to!"

-Lisa Ensminger, East Carolina University


"During my semester in Paris, I gained a perspective that I would not have otherwise acquired. In my home stay, I became very close with my host family and still spend time with them when I travel back to France. The courses, relationships, and experiences I had on this exchange were so important to my life both professionally and personally it is hard to accurately describe them. This exchange has also opened so many new opportunities for me, including the chance to work as a Tour Guide in Western Europe.

These experiences also propelled me into a Law program and I will hopefully be working in France or another Francophone country in the near future. "

-Graham Renfro


"To my surprise, I loved living in Paris. I had never considered myself a "city person", so I wasn't sure how I'd adapt to Paris living. Being able to take my classes in the heart of the city, while still living with a host family in the suburbs just outside, allowed me to experience the best of both worlds.

Living with a host family also allowed me to maximize my time spent abroad. I was constantly immersed in the language and therefore able to improve my language skills constantly. My host family also provided me with a constant source of support, guidance and joy. They allowed me to feel at home despite being over 3,000 miles away from New York and my family. They were definitely the best part of my time spent abroad."

-Cynthia Elliot, Marist College


"My time in Paris allowed me to experience the city of my dreams over the course of four months. I lived with a wonderful host family, progressed immensely in my language fluency, and learned from wonderful French professors whose passion for their respective subjects goes unmatched. The city of Paris has endless beauties that are yours to experience if you participate in this awesome semester-long program"

-Powell Mansfield, Elon University


"My semester in Paris was more rewarding than I could've imagined. I became more independent and self-confident. I have new American friends from different North Carolina schools, international friends from my classes at the Sorbonne, and a new family with French parents and Swedish sisters. I can now speak French at ease and have plans to continue studying French after graduation. I have already returned to Paris over the holidays to visit my family and plan to return again soon. Studying abroad opened my eyes to living and working in France in the future."

-Emily Vairo, High Point University