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Paris: Globalization & the Media (SMPA 3195) : Testimonials (Paris)

The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Passport
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The trip to Paris was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Being my first time going outside of the United States, I couldn't have asked for a better location or group of people. The class was so enriching and I took a lot out of it academically and culturally. I would highly recommend applying for this program.
— Matthew Kwiecinski, Spring Short Term 2011
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I strongly recommend this program because not only is it educational on the topic of the class but also a foreign culture. While abroad you live like a local and interact with people. In a short period of time you become accustomed to many parts of the city and the customs that people follow there. Whether you've been to Paris before or not, this program shows you a new side to everything. Even if you go to the same tourist sites there is something different because you get to experience it with different people. I recommend that in your free time you also try to do things the way the locals do. This gives you a true feel for the city and helps you understand the culture better.
— Elizabeth LoGalbo, Spring Short Term 2011
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This program is a great learning experience. The best part about the program are of the unique speakers that you will meet. Professor Huebner knows many influential people in Paris and does a great job of bringing them in to talk to the class. You also have the chance to meet many of these people at their homes in a more informal setting to listen and ask them questions about themselves and their lives. One of the other great things about this trip is the site visits that happen. The trip is a perfect mix of class time and fun time.
— Douglas Remley, Spring Short Term 2011
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I would absolutely recommend this program. It's a truly once in lifetime experience. Prof. Huebner has amazing contacts that you will most likely never get the chance to meet and converse with again. Paris is beautiful, and I could not imagine a better city to have this course in. It was a great experience and I will remember my spring break in Paris forever.
— Kelsey Rohwer, Spring Short Term 2011
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Professor Huebner is the best! Do not hesitate to apply to this program. The classes leading up to our trip to Paris were just as wonderful and enriching as the time we spent abroad.
— Taylor Sears, Spring Short Term 2011
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I would say that if the student has any interest in international affairs, political communication, or journalism or knows French/has an interest in France or traveling and they can afford it they absolutely should.
— Samantha Stone, Spring Short Term 2011
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It's a great program for someone with relatively few international experiences since it doesn't greatly challenge you in terms of cultural differences or language requirements. It's a pretty easy adjustment and it's great to spend a relaxing week in Paris.
— Ningxi Xu, Spring Short Term 2011
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I would tell them to definitely apply to this program as you meet some wonderful and extraordinary people you wouldn't otherwise.However, it is necessary to participate and keep your energy up so that you can make the most out of your experience.
— Devika Agarwal, Spring Short Term 2012
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If you're interested in lying on the beach during your Spring Break, steer clear! This trip is for committed learners, wide-eyed travelers, and team-workers. On this trip, you will gain unbelievable connections with role models you never thought you would meet in person. For this reason, you should not expect to celebrate Parisian night-life each evening. Instead, plan to engage with leaders in the daytime, and absorb the new knowledge in the nighttime.
— Emily Baumgaertner, Spring Short Term 2013
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I definitely reccomend this program because it is an unforgettable experience unlike any other. Being able to meet with the world's top journalists both in the classroom and at their Parisian homes are something you cannot do anywhere else. Professor Huebner is an excellent professor with many experiences that add to course both in DC and in Paris. I did not know any of the other students going into the trip, but I came back with many new friends. I would not have wanted my Spring Break any other way.
— Ninio Joseph Fetalvo, Spring Short Term 2013
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The Paris seminar for Globalization and the Media was a really wonderful and unique experience. There was a great mix of academic exposure, but also emphasis on cultural experiences in a beautiful European city. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone interested in spending their spring break in Paris and having the privilege to meet and listen to really legendary and enigmatic figures from the media, foreign relations and business.
— Allyson Garner, Spring Short Term 2013
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It's an incredible experience. Professor Huebner is very well-connected in Paris, and if you choose to do this program, you will meet and talk to some incredible people.
— Chelsea Huang, Spring Short Term 2013
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IF the student is interested in media and they have the ability to do the program they should go for it! It is a great way to get a taste of study abroad while also learning about Parisian culture and global media.
— Ben Klaff, Spring Short Term 2013
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just go for it--what is the worse that could happen. i applied on a whim the day before the application was due and then was going to back out of the program but im so glad i did it.
— Katie Lesser, Spring Short Term 2013
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I went to Paris the spring break of my sophomore year and it was amazing. As a Journalism major it is very difficult to study abroad for a whole semester, so I decided to try just a week abroad to see how I liked it and also get credit for a higher level SMPA class. If you are looking to try out life as a student abroad or if you have no time to do a full semester, or even if you just love to travel and have 3 credits open in a semester you should definitely apply to this program. The experience was unique and incredible. We had very influential and interesting people speak to us during the day and made the most of Paris at night. I made some great friends on this trip and learned a lot about journalism around the world!
— Melissa Minton, Spring Short Term 2013
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I would absolutely apply to this program. Not only do you get to spend time in a great city, but you also get to meet amazing journalists and media executives and you'll make some great friends, too!
— Bailey Mohr, Spring Short Term 2013
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I would tell students to definitely apply! At first, I was somewhat back and forth about applying, but I am so happy that I did. It is honestly a once in a life time experience in which you get to meet and interact with respected individuals from the journalism and political field. Also, the trip is a bonding experience between you and members of the group.
— Marianna Sotomayor, Spring Short Term 2013
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I would tell them to sign up definitely! The program is very engaging and you get to interact people who are experienced in the field we focus on.
— Enitan Aigbomian, Spring Short Term 2014
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If you are thinking about applying, stop thinking and just do it! This program will give you memories you will cherish forever. It was as fantastic and amazing as people said it will be.
— Olaide Ajomagberin, Spring Short Term 2014
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This is one of the most valuable study abroad trips available at GWU. Not only do you get to mingle with accomplished, high status professionals ranging from the journalism industry to the business industry, you get to do it in the beautiful city of Paris.
— Amina Akhtar, Spring Short Term 2014
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I would highly recommend this if course you are interested in media and want to learn more about the differences between Paris and the US. It is an eye-opening course where you will hear from amazing speakers during your time in Paris, from authors, foreign correspondents and many other types of professionals. It is great to hear honest opinions and visit sites such as the International New York Times. I would also apply to this program and take the course as an elective if you are not an SMPA student.
— Lauren Rosalanko, Spring Short Term 2014
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Definitely apply – before the class fills up ! GW Paris was a fantastic way to network for internships and learn about the international journalism field. This program goes above and beyond -- the speakers are fantastic -- students will have the opportunity to hear from journalists in international papers, aviation, fashion, sports, politics, broadcasting and so much more. This was a life changing experience.
— Samantha Sorbaro, Spring Short Term 2014
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I was able to meet international journalists, reporters, marketers, ambassadors, and press secretaries. It was an incredible experience to see what people in the field I would eventually like to enter have done, are doing, and how they are adjusting to a constantly changing media environment. It was also an incredible opportunity to do this while getting a glimpse of the "ville luminaire," Paris.
— Michelle Bradbury, Spring Short Term 2010
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This program is unique because for one, the main bulk of it is taught abroad! Being abroad in a different classroom setting is far from the same as a regular GWU lecture style course. In Paris you attend many lectures where amazing speakers share their stories, opinions, and advice. On top of this, this program allows you to explore Paris and truly embrace the city. If you're an SMPA student, the knowledge you gain in Paris will be of much greater use than any knowledge you could gain from just reading a book. Even if you're not an SMPA student, the lectures are interesting and useful. The information I gathered from this program (the lectures, books, city, etc.) will stick with me for years to come.
— Olivia Lipski, Spring Short Term 2010
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It was a great opportunity to meet people who have succeeded in careers that are so interesting. Getting to hear their perspectives really made the program worthwhile.
— Kathleen O'Reilly, Spring Short Term 2010
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SMPA students often have difficulty finding a study abroad program that meets their academic requirements. The Globalization & the Media course, though short, provides students with an opportunity to take what they've learned in the classroom on public affairs and the media and expand on that knowledge through a global framework. By the end of the program students are left with a more nuanced understanding of global communication in general and the cultural differences present in media coverage around the world.
— Lindsay Underwood, Spring Short Term 2010
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The program has a great variety of speakers; the topics are applicable to so many majors.
— Grace Altman, Spring Short Term 2011
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It's only a week and you'll problem learn more in that week than in any other study abroad program.
— Alex Baghdjian, Spring Short Term 2011
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This study abroad program is different first because it is only for a week, and has a very specific purpose: learn more about global media. Then it is a unique program to visit some uncommon but outstanding places around Paris and meet some people who have been or are great actors within the international media. Finally it is a great time for the group spirit, visits around Paris are amazing.
— Mathilde Bras, Spring Short Term 2011
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This program is unique because it allows for the integration of learning, networking, and cultural experiences. One hour we would be discussing Parisian culture in a CNN correspondent's penthouse, and the next we were touring a newsroom of France 24. There were so many experiences and discussions that I have truly left with a better understanding of news, Paris and myself.
— Sloan Dickey, Spring Short Term 2011
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Prof. Heubner has great connections in the city, which allow students to experience great speakers and unique events.
— Zachary Evans, Spring Short Term 2011
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This program immerses you into the culture of Paris and european journalism rather than just letting you hear the experience from others.
— Eugenia Finizio, Spring Short Term 2011
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Due to its length, you get a taste of France without any long term commitment. You learn a ton about journalism, meet some incredibly high-profile characters (such as Jim Bitterman of CNN and the French Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission!) and even dine in their homes! With the optional programs included, such as Versailles and the tour of the Seine, you won't miss a beat!
— Zachary Gorelick, Spring Short Term 2011
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It allows a unique perspective on how countries outside the US deal with the press and how the media industry is changing globally.
— Andrew Gross, Spring Short Term 2011
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A lot. I can honestly say that this experience has allowed me to see the world in a different way and has inspired me to seek a different career path. I learned a lot about the variety of different opportunities out there and became inspired to find a career I can love. I also learned a lot about myself, made great friends, had a lot of fun, and learned a lot about Paris, Western Europe, globalization, and the future of our rapidly changing world. The program gave everyone a lot to think about... and we all had an extraordinary experience. I can't thank professor Huebner enough.
— Irina Karmanova, Spring Short Term 2011
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A direct interation with french culture and its stark contrats to American society. A great experience to explore a beautiful city with amazing food and wine.
— Jordan King, Spring Short Term 2011
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From this program, I got the opportunity not only to see a very notable part of the world, but I also got to meet a number of other GW students from all areas of study, as well as distinguished speakers such as a CNN Correspondant, the Deputy Chief of Admissions for the United States Embassy in Paris, and a number of other journalists and media specialists. It was an oppurtunity unlike any other considering we were able to experience all of this from Paris, one of the leading urban centers in the world.
— Matthew Kwiecinski, Spring Short Term 2011
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In this program you are able to analyze the media in class and then see how it is practiced while abroad. Not only do you meet journalists, but also advertising agencies, newspaper editors, and news correspondents. Each speaker gave a different perspective of media which enhanced the experience.
— Elizabeth LoGalbo, Spring Short Term 2011
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This program helped me to better understand international media systems and the effect that globalization is having on the media throughout the world. Every speaker that we had talked about a different subject and gave a different viewpoint on the topics that we were learning about. The scholars and businessmen that spoke to us were each leaders in their field and were able to effectively give us a information pertaining to their area of expertise. These speakers gave the students something that they would never be able to get from a text book or from listening to a professor in class.
— Douglas Remley, Spring Short Term 2011
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This program is a small, but filling taste of Paris. It only lasts a week, but you will feel like you have been there for months. The program is well balanced with seminars and field trip and free time. There is enough free time to make the trip your own. The group is small and you really get to know your fellow students.
— Kelsey Rohwer, Spring Short Term 2011
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Globalization and the Media appeals to a wide variety of interests. This course is pertinent to anyone who holds an interest in journalism, international affairs, political science, or even business. We experienced a diverse array of speakers at AUP as well as site visits around Paris. This trip does not disappoint. There was never a dull moment.
— Taylor Sears, Spring Short Term 2011
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In only one week I was opened to a bunch of career paths that I didn't even know were out there. It got me very excited for the real world.
— Samantha Stone, Spring Short Term 2011
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I really did learn a lot about media in a global world but I also learned a lot about French culture. It really did give me a new perspective to what we study in the School of Media and Public Affairs.
— Devika Agarwal, Spring Short Term 2012
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This program is ideal for students who are eager to gain a real-world perspective on the intersection between journalism and foreign service. Even as a public health student, I gain invaluable connections with global leaders that will undoubtedly change the course of my career. No matter what you are studying, if you have a personal commitment to understanding the intricacies of a changing world, this course is for you.
— Emily Baumgaertner, Spring Short Term 2013
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This program is more unique than any of the other programs because it allows you to experience Study Abroad without having to take an entire semester off. For this program specifically, Professor Huebner comes from a background with many experiences, and his connections in Paris ultimately add to the authenticity and learning experience of the trip. Being able to discuss journalism, politics and current events with the world's leading journalists, students at the American University of Paris, and Professor Huebner, himself have been an excellent opportunity to learn more about the future of journalism and the relationship between the U.S. and France. Even if you are not majoring in political communication, political science, journalism or intenrational affairs, I highly recommend this program to anyone looking for an alternative spring break.
— Ninio Joseph Fetalvo, Spring Short Term 2013
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I think what sets this particular program apart from other study abroad programs is the intimate nature of it. The Huebner's line up an impressive variety of speakers who all seem to be excited to talk to the class. The class is also graciously welcomed into the homes of some of the speakers, which creates a familiar and unforgettable environment. The Paris seminar is a really unique program.
— Allyson Garner, Spring Short Term 2013
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Because of our Professor's strong connections in Paris we were able to bring in amazing speakers in Paris which great culture. For someone who is interested in media this program provided me everything I ever wanted as I got to hear from a former editor of Time Magazine and the senior editor at the International Herald Tribune. During free time we explored the beauty of Paris, visiting famous sites like the Louve and Norte Dame Cathedral. In addition to the great academic content on Globalization and the Media, being in able to study in Paris was one of the main highlights of the program.
— Ben Klaff, Spring Short Term 2013
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its only 5 days so its not the big of a commitment but you still get the opportunity to take classes abroad. the speakers are really unique and all have very interesting things to say
— Katie Lesser, Spring Short Term 2013
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This program is unique because it's very packed with speakers and places to go, but all were amazing. Most speakers are friends of Professor Huebner so they really give you a deep insight that they might not give other people. Also, because it is during spring break, it doesn't interfere with your other classes, and while in DC the class meets once every other week and there are 2 sections so there is really time in everyone's schedule to do this course!
— Melissa Minton, Spring Short Term 2013
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This program is highly specific, so if you're interested in media, you will definitely get something out of it. You get to learn more about France and Europe through an interesting lens.
— Bailey Mohr, Spring Short Term 2013
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I learned so much during the program. I am a Political Communications major with an interest in political reporting, so I felt as if the trip was tailored to my specific interests. The speakers gave special insight, some of whom refueled and reinforced my passion for investigative journalism. Plus, just being in Paris was a learning experience.
— Marianna Sotomayor, Spring Short Term 2013
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The professor allows the students to make of it what they want. Students also take part in putting together things in Paris such as things to do the city and speaker bios. It gives students a chance to step up and guide their fellow classmates. Also you get to have dinner with experienced and successful media professionals in their Paris homes! How many people can say that the U.S. ambassador to France invited me to his home for hors d'oeuvres and good conversation?
— Enitan Aigbomian, Spring Short Term 2014
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This program is unique because it is relevant to all majors and interests. Even though the topic is Globalization and the Media, the seminars and the people I've met in Paris are all well-rounded individuals. Aside from international media, other topics of the seminars ranged from marketing and business to fashion.
— Olaide Ajomagberin, Spring Short Term 2014
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I learned more about the industry of journalism, business, the state department, and countless others than I would in any regular classroom experience. The combination of speakers, receptions, and site visits makes this trip a once in a life time opportunity. There's no other professor who could take you to a city half way across the world and expose you to so many invaluable experiences.
— Amina Akhtar, Spring Short Term 2014
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This is a unique course because it has a classroom component at GW and during spring break, when you go to Paris. It is by far my favorite class that I have taken at GW. It is unique and Professor Huebner plans amazing events and speakers regarding media. It is both useful and interesting. I highly recommend taking this course, even if you are not an SMPA student. I also think that this program is great for students, like me who did not have time to go abroad for an entire semester.
— Lauren Rosalanko, Spring Short Term 2014
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I had the opportunity to learn about careers/industries I did not know existed. The speakers were fascinating and knowledgeable. This program left me wanting to learn more about topics we touched on during the seminar.
— Aysia Woods, Spring Short Term 2014