Global Cities and Research in Paris
Rising UNC sophomore Kay Langley used the EURO Travel Award to support her summer in Paris. She is pursuing a Contemporary European Studies and History double major at UNC. We asked her a few questions about her experience abroad.
Q: Please tell us about the program you are traveling with and what you are studying.
A: I went on the UNC Summer in Paris program, which allowed me to take GEOG 428 (Global Cities) with UNC faculty and a French course through University of London Institute of Paris. I completed a research paper on the potential impact of the Paris 2024 Olympics and the integration of Grand-Paris.
Q: How has this opportunity shaped your research or relationship with Europe and the EU?
A: The study abroad opportunity immersed me in the language, culture, and local issues. I was exposed to topics including gentrification, integration, and urban expansion through my classwork, research, and interaction with a broad swath of Parisians. I learned to stop projecting my American perspective on French issues and developed an appreciation for the nuances of many complex issues as a result.
Q: What advice would you give to a student considering a study abroad program?
A: My advice for students considering study abroad would be to plan studying abroad into your schedule. Figuring out what you can get credit for and when you need to take other classes for your major can make all the difference! You don’t want to be stuck between studying abroad and graduating on time.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
A: Study abroad is a great way to not only learn through immersion, but to truly know a city. Some of my best memories are from making friends at the local cafe and being able to navigate the city without using my phone.
The EURO Travel Award has been generously donated by Justin and Erin Fry Sosne. For more information, please visit our Contemporary European Studies Major page.