"From the outset of my college career, my interest in studying abroad in France was a driving force behind my chosen path of study. I began college as a pre-med student interested in working with Doctors Without Borders, but quickly realized that my true passion was in language and culture. During the fall of my junior year, I began the search for an exchange program that would allow me to spend time in France, preferably as close to Paris as I could get.
I reviewed programs based in Amiens, Strasbourg, Caen, and Grenoble,
but after realizing that my interests did not match any of these programs, one
of my Professors at UNCW introduced me to the NC Consortium in Paris. I was
immediately drawn to the idea of living in Paris, learning the culture, and
studying at one of the oldest Universities in the world.
During my semester in Paris, I gained a perspective that I would not have otherwise acquired. In my home stay, I became very close with my host family and still spend time with them when I travel back to France. The courses, relationships, and experiences I had on this exchange were so important to my life both professionally and personally it is hard to accurately describe them. This exchange has also opened so many new opportunities for me, including the chance to work as a Tour Guide in Western Europe.
experiences also propelled me into a Law program and I will hopefully be working
in France or another Francophone country in the near future.
Currently, I work with a Tour company out of Philadelphia and translate for Political Asylum petitioners from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. All of this was made possible by the education that I received during my semester in France with the North Carolina Consortium."
- Graham Renfro, spring 2007