If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #67:
Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother
Episode 1x16 - "Cupcake":
Marshall: Ted, do you remember in college when Lily did that summer art program in Paris?
Marshall: Well, she kept talking about this cheesy French guy, Gabriel. So, I went out to visit, and there was this party. And who shows up but Gabriel. And he’s got this weak-ass, thin French moustache. I’m not much of a fighter, but I knew I could take this weird little dude. So, I took him aside, and I got all creepy quiet, I got the crazy eyes going, and I said, “You stay away from Lily, or I swear to God I’ll eat that moustache right off of your ugly French face.” Yeah. Yeah, he literally ran away. I think he was crying. I never told Lily about it. To be honest, I’m not very proud of it. To be even more honest, I am.
Lily: You know, Victoria, Marshall and I did long distance once. In college, I did an art course in Paris. I was the only American there. It was really lonely. I only had one friend, Gabrielle. She was kind of homely and strange-looking, and she was really self-conscious about this little moustache she had. Anyway, halfway through the semester, she just stopped talking to me, and I never figured out why. And then I had nobody. The only thing that got me through was knowing that my soul mate was back at home waiting for me. If Ted’s your soul mate, then it may be worth it to hang onto him.
Episode 5x18 - "Say Cheese":
Lily: Are you forgetting Paris? What happened in Paris? It was junior year and I was studying abroad in Paris, and I hadn’t seen Marshall for two months.
Episode 8x21 - "Romeward Bound":
Lily: I’ve always wanted to live abroad! My summer in Paris, back in college, was so enlightening: the art, the history, the free cheese just for wearing a low-cut top.
People Who Studied Abroad #729:
Preston King, political scientist and civil rights activist
He studied German at the University of Vienna (Austria) in 1956 and 1958 and studied French literature at the University of Strasbourg (France) in 1956 and at the Sorbonne in 1957. He received his master’s and PhD degrees from the London School of Economics (United Kingdom).
In 1961, he was charged with draft evasion for refusing to report for his conscription until an all-white draft board addressed him as “Mr.”, the same way that it addressed white draftees (he was not pardoned until 2000). During his exile, he taught political science at universities in Europe, Africa and Australia.
People Who Studied Abroad #743:
Nellie Melba, opera singer
Around 1886 she traveled to Paris, France to study singing with Mathilde Marchesi.
After graduating from Harvard in 1916, he went to Spain to study architecture. He stayed in Europe as an ambulance driver during World War I. At the end of the war he was stationed in Paris, France, where the U.S. Army Overseas Education Commission allowed him to study anthropology at the Sorbonne.
People Who Studied Abroad #707:
Miriam Davenport, humanitarian, painter and sculptor
She received a Carnegie summer art scholarship to study at the Institut d’Art et d’Archéologie at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. When the Germans occupied France, she helped to run an operation to evacuate more than 2,000 European Jews to Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Americas. Among the people she helped were Marc Chagall, Otto Meyerhof and Hannah Arendt. She also worked with the Allied Forces to protect culturally important sites and works of art from bombing or pillaging.
American university exchange students on the deck of an ocean liner taking them to France where they lived for a year. L-R: Elizabeth Curth, Margaret Snyder, Jacqueline Bouvier, Mary Ann Freedman, and Hester Williams
Source: Daily Mail
Rusty Griswold: Who was it that said ‘When in Rome do as the Romans do’?
Clark Griswold: That was Rome, not Paris. This is Paris and you’re drunk.
People Who Studied Abroad #676:
Mahmoud Hessaby, physicist
Born in Iran, raised in Lebanon
He received his bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut, then went on to study at the École Superieure d’Electricité in Paris, France, where he graduated in 1925. He continued his education and earned a PhD in Physics from the Sorbonne.