Where I would like to Study Abroad

If I got to study abroad, I would probably visit France. I can think about fifty things I would like to do in France, but France has an interesting history and politics. I would get to practice my French skills also.

France has a very lengthy history, with many well-preserved sites. In fact, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list a total of forty-four World Heritage Sites in France. http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/fr Among the original sites to be designated with this prestigious status include five French sites: Vezelay, Church and Hill (a medieval abbey that served as an important staging ground for the Crusades)( http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/84); Chartes Cathedral (famous for its flying buttresses and stain glass windows)( http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/81); Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay (a gothic abbey standing on a small island in the middle of a bay)( http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/80); Palace and Park of Versailles (the famous French royal palace)( http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/83); and the Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley (cave paintings)( http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/85). If I were to visit France, I would to visit these sites. I would honestly like to visit all the World Heritage Sites in France, but that seems rather unlikely.  

I am also very interested in French politics and would enjoy getting a closer look at it. I am interested with the rise of the Macron and his party La République En Marche! and how these recent developments play out within long term battles between the French left and right. Emmanuel Macron’s political coalition has long been somewhat mysterious to me in the sense of which party his voters had previously been supporters.

I would get to practice my French skills in context and outside of class. There is a limit to the usefulness of an enclosed setting like a French class, while in France, French is used in almost all settings thus can have a fullness and authenticity lacking in the classroom. I would be able to learn to use French in the manner that common French people use it. I would get to learn the accents of different regions of France and discover which word choices are the most common.

In conclusion, I would probably study aboard in France, though I might get overwhelmed by the number of things I want to do within a limited period.

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