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Study Abroad

Jessica Guay
Lafayette, Indiana
Previous Education:
BS’04, in hospitality and tourism management, Purdue University

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A Parisian Summer Immersion
Jessica Guay, JD’08

“Within my class were people from Italy, the Philippines, Germany, Brazil, Russia, Canada, and the United States. Being able to learn about so many cultures and legal systems in one place was an invaluable experience.”

I studied at…

  • The Paris Institute, University of Paris’ Centre Mahler (summer program; studied comparative law and comparative constitutional law)

Why Indiana Law? “I’m a native of Indiana and was hoping to stay in the state while attending law school. After being accepted to Indiana and visiting, I just knew it was the right place for me. We’re offered a lot of opportunities outside of the classroom at Indiana Law. Being able to apply what we learn inside the classroom out in the real world makes for a truly well-rounded education.”

How I chose Paris: “I’ve always wanted to visit Paris, so when the opportunity arose to study there for five weeks [in the summer], I jumped at it. My professors in Paris were from a variety of law schools including Columbia, the Sorbonne, the University of Chicago, and the University of San Diego.”

Class notes: “It was very interesting to have classes and discussions with people from all over the globe. However, having a professor who teaches at the Sorbonne was an experience. The lectures are hours long and the thought that a student would dare to ask a question is simply unheard of. But the professor was very kind and ‘Americanized’ the class for us a bit: he allowed us to ask questions and share our thoughts on most subjects.”

Daily life:  “In Paris, you can see all the sites; the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sacré Coeur, etc.  However, one of the best aspects of studying abroad is that you get to throw yourself into the culture of whichever city you are in. Being in Paris for an extended time allows you the opportunity to live like a real Parisian. In addition to all the magnificent attractions the city offers, you can simply choose to spend an afternoon sitting at a café, have a picnic in one of the parks with your friends, or go shopping with the locals in one of the open-air markets. There is plenty of time to fit in both a tourist experience as well as a cultural one.”

The best part of my experience was: “The friendships that I formed while I was there. Being able to see Paris and then travel around Greece and Italy afterward was absolutely amazing, but it would not have been the same without all the wonderful people I met.”