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Alumni Spotlight

Alexandre Schmitt
France Year 2006-07
Double Major: Criminology, Law & Society and Global Cultures

"Since participating in the program, I have been to or lived in a total of 26 countries."

"I am currently finishing a M.A. in international relations at the American University of Paris and am returning to California to pursue employment that will allow me to continue working (at some level) internationally or with international/culturally diverse groups."

"Don't be afraid to leave the security of the EAP group you are with, it is incredibly rewarding to get out, meet new people and have unique experiences that you would never have otherwise had!"

Why did you choose your particular study abroad program/location?
To learn more about my family's history and culture. As a first-generation American, I was raised in an English-speaking household and never really learned about the French part of my family history. I was concerned that a part of my family culture would be lost with my generation if I didn't take the initiative to learn more about it. 
 
What types of activities were you involved in while abroad that were meaningful for your learning?
Classes in French at the IEP in Bordeaux were really what meant the most, and where I learned the most. I spent the fall semester in Paris, where it's easier to get by as an American (but still good to get your feet wet if you haven't traveled before). Bordeaux was really a full immersion program and I got a lot out of it. 
 
How have you changed or what have you learned due to studying abroad?
I became very motivated about traveling and experiencing different languages, cultures and traditions, and actively sought out opportunities that would allow me to explore new places I had not been. Since participating in the program, I have been to or lived in a total of 26 countries. 
 
What are you doing now as a result of studying abroad?
I am currently finishing a M.A. in international relations at the American University of Paris and am returning to California to pursue employment that will allow me to continue working (at some level) internationally or with international/culturally diverse groups. 
 
What advice would you give to a student considering studying abroad?
Don't be afraid to leave the security of the EAP group you are with, it is incredibly rewarding to get out, meet new people and have unique experiences that you would never have otherwise had! 

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