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Studying Médecine sur la Côte d'Azur

By Lauren Clack ('10)
French and Biology Double Major

During my stay in Nice I participated in an internship in Neurosurgery at l'Hôpital Pasteur during which I assisted with patient visits and several surgical interventions. In addition I was able to develop great relations with the hospital staff. I could not have asked for a greater opportunity to have an inside look at the French medical system and experience a medical internship at a level that would not have been accessible to me before finishing my pre-medical studies in the US.

One of the most beneficial aspects of the program was the level of independence and maturity expected from the participants. During the internship there was no one saying 'do this' or 'follow me' so you had to learn quickly to be selfmotivated and run with the big dogs! This independence wasn't limited to just the internship, as the students were free to travel during the weekends and explore the bus system of the Côte d'Azur. I also traveled to Paris, St. Tropez, and Italy and visited several villages near Nice that are off the beaten tourist track.

This was my first time in France and I could not have been happier with the experience. As a matter of fact, I loved France so much that I decided to prolong my stay another 5 weeks!

Having finished my studies for the program, I'm now making the most of my extended stay in France. I've made some great friends here who help give me the inside view of French life. Thanks to them I've been able to experience French concerts, cafes, and camping, à la française!