All posts by Olivia Spratt

Carcassonne

On Wednesday of the third week of the program, the entire group went to Carcassonne for the day. Carcassonne is a hilltop town in Southern France. It is known for its medieval citadel. This city has been inhabited since the Neolithic Era (around 3500 B.C.), however, it is now only inhabited by around 40 people ...

Montpellier, France Week 2

The Montpellier program provides many meals during the trip. Breakfast is served every morning, which usually consists of croissants, pastries, breads and fruit. For lunch, we are given access to the University of Montpellier cafeteria on campus. This cafeteria has a plethora of options and is of a higher quality than most of the university ...

Weekend in Paris

At the end of the first week in Montpellier, the entire program departed for a weekend in Paris. Despite the 6 am wake up call, we were extremely excited to experience Paris, some of us for the first time. To get there, we took the TGV. The TGV is France’s high speed rail system. This ...

Montpellier, week 1

After arriving on campus in Montpellier, I soon found that everyone else on the program was experiencing the same thing as I was. We were all exhausted. I woke up in the hotel and had my first French breakfast from the hotel buffet. It consisted of a baguette with jam, two yogurts and a madeleine ...

Preparing a French Independent Study

Preparing to travel to France in order to study abroad for 5 weeks entailed quite a bit of planning. For me, the planning began long before the trip was near. Around a year ago, I was browsing the study abroad programs that Drexel offers when I found the Montpellier program. At the time, I was ...

First Night in France

Traveling to France was my first international travel experience. I flew on Norwegian Airlines to London, where I had a seven hour long, overnight layover. When I finally arrived to France I was extremely sleep deprived and generally confused. However, I had arrived in France a day before the start of the program, and my ...

Preparing for France Study Abroad

After I decided that I wanted to study abroad in Montpellier, I immediately started preparing for the program, months before the application was even open. When I began to take interest in the program, it included a French 101 language requirement. The language requirement is no longer applicable to the Montpellier program. However, I took ...