Jiangyu - Sciences Po Summer School: July Session

B International Hotel & Tourism Management
July 2019

My experience

I wanted to experience a different culture and lifestyle different from mine and make new friends from the other side of the earth. I also wanted to take this chance to take a short-stay as for my future postgraduate study choices.

How has the experience changed you?

The experience enhanced my confidence and social networking skills. I learned economics combined with sociology. Professors are passionate and patient in the class. They offered detailed feedback on our presentation and give constructive advice for our study. I also had French elective courses, it is really good for a beginner to start with and the French teacher also had an afternoon tea time with us.

Favourite memory

I met some friends who are my treasure this time. We became a ''gang'' called "Hvala", which means "thanks" in Croatian. However, none of us were from Croatia. Only because I am the only one from Asia, they are from Italy, Austria, Australia and Netherland, and they said I cross Asia to Paris. Thus I could be their Croatian in a ''European vibe''. We had a good time visiting Louvre, Monet Garden and Loire Castle. We also went shopping together and had an authentic Italian Pizza. We share our culture and talk about politics, arts, languages and fashion. The most impressive thing is that I fell in love with that Austrian and I made my confession! I guess that's what usually happens to people travelling in Paris, n'est-ce pas?

Top tips

My advice is for students who need the visa, you have to book the appointment as earlier as you can. French Consulate in Sydney is the only place for the visa application. When you are in France, get engaged with your fellows and shine yourself!