on the September 20, 2016
Testimonies international students
I am from Guayaquil, Ecuador. But in 2014, I moved to Sydney, Australia to start my undergraduate degree. I study International Studies (specializing in International Relations) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
I definitely think that French people follow the common stereotype of being ‘proud people’, but I think it has a positive connotation. They are proud of their life-style, their working conditions, their beautiful landscapes, and their great food. I think France is a great place to live since it offers great social and economic conditions. I also love that French know that resting is an important part of living. They take long holidays and do not work on Sundays! I think the rest of the world should learn from them.
So! This is a tricky one… Haha. I have been studying French for more than 2 years now, however I don’t feel confident enough to undertake subjects in French. I am able to understand when someone talks to me in French (in a not so fast speed), but I doubt a lot and feel embarrassed/scared to come up with relevant knowledge and reply to them! Therefore, I am undertaking the SELF program at the moment. However! Since I will be staying in Lyon for a year, I aim to be able to reach a good level by the end of the semester so that I can potential move to the DEUF program the following term.
Firstly! Get a super amazing French level. I really hope I can be able to comprehend most of what’s being said to me and be able to reply feeling confident while doing it. I also want to travel. Lyon is so close to many great places and I want to take advantage of all (In France and around Europe). I am sure I will also meet great people and make connections from all around the world. But most importantly, this whole experience will make me grow even more and appreciate new experiences but also my roots.