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My Summer School Experience in Paris

I’ve never been the type of person who liked school, so when I decided to go on a summer school my expectations were low. But I can honestly say going on a summer school was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – it was an experience I’ll never forget!

In July 2022, I attended Kedge Business School to participate in a 2-week programme which focused on Disruptive Technologies and Modern Management. Classes were for 6 hours per day which sounds like a lot (I thought the same), but the time flew over! Throughout the programme there were also cultural visits, such as boat trips along the Seine and guided tours around Montmartre, which were great ways to explore Paris.

Katie by the Eiffel Tower

Paris is such a beautiful city, but it is quite spread out. If you’re planning on travelling to Paris, I’d recommend buying a weekly card which gives you unlimited access to public transport, including the metro and buses. Kedge’s campus in Paris is located about 20 minutes outside of the city centre but the metro connects you to everything. Just make sure if you’re anything like me and get lost easily you have someone with you who knows where they’re going.

Before going on my summer school, I worried that I wouldn’t meet anyone that I got on with and would end up exploring Paris alone. Something I realised early on was that everyone attending the summer school wants to make friends and go out. I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful group of people who I spent the majority of my time with, and who are friends I know I’ll keep in touch with; we already have plans to meet in Oslo next year!

Katie and her friends in the French capital

Let’s take a look at some of my highlights from my time in Paris…

  1. Bastille Day

I couldn’t write this blog post without mentioning Bastille Day – it was a day I’ll never forget. The atmosphere in Paris was amazing. My favourite part of Bastille Day was when a group of us sat along the Seine eating, drinking and watching the fireworks. Afterwards, we walked from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame just so we could get signal to order an Uber back to our accommodation!

2. Rooftop Bar

Want to see everything in Paris from one spot? Then a rooftop bar is a must! We went to Montparnasse Tower, a rooftop terrace which offers 360 panoramic views of the whole city – the views were incredible.

3. Sunset at the Eiffel Tower

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to enjoy the beauty Paris has to offer. One of my favourite memories of Paris is when my friends and I had a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. We spent hours chatting, watching the sunset and seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle – one of the most beautiful sights.

The Eiffel Tower

4. Pink Mamma

Now this isn’t your traditional Paris recommendation but if you love interiors and food then you need to add Pink Mamma to your places to visit in Paris. Pink Mamma is a four-storey building made of pink bricks and covered in ivy located in the Pigalle district (the Moulin Rouge is within walking distance and is another must-see sight at night). The food is amazing, I think it’s the best pizza I’ve ever eaten- I would highly recommend.

My summer school experience was amazing, and I’m so glad that I decided to take the leap to go because I had the best time. So, if you’re considering going on a summer school, go for it you won’t regret it!

Katie and her summer school cohort

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