UNC CES
UNC CES
Aug 8 · 3 min read

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.


Kay and her roommates at the Palais-Royale learning about the installed arcades as an early form of shopping being a social activity

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.

L: View from Parc de Belleville | R: The French Sculpture Courtyard in the Musée du Louvre
L: The inside of Parc des Princes as people start entering for the USA vs. Chile match in the Women’s World Cup | C: The inside of the Pantheon (France is represented in the visible painting) | R: Ducks swimming in the Seine by Pont Neuf

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.

L: In the gardens at Versailles | R: Kay and two of her roommates sitting on Quai D’Orsay. In the background is Pont Alexandre III, a bridge gifted to the French by Russia.

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.

UNC Center for European Studies | A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence

The hub for Europe at UNC-Chapel Hill. A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, funded through the European Union’s Erasmus+ Program

UNC CES

Written by

UNC CES

UNC Center for European Studies | A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence

The hub for Europe at UNC-Chapel Hill. A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, funded through the European Union’s Erasmus+ Program

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade