November 29, 2022

Nationwide Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Angelina Widener/Korea Instances)

Angelina Widener

Angelina Widener

By Angelina Widener, Korea Instances Los Angeles intern reporter

In France, college students have to decide on what they wish to examine as early as highschool. After the Baccalauréat, France’s equal of america’ SATs, college students can apply to any type of college they need with a view to pursue their research.

So, you would possibly ask, the place did I am going?

Did I examine day and night time to get into one of many “grandes écoles” (elite colleges in France)? Or did I apply for the world-famous Sorbonne College?

I selected to use to the INALCO (Nationwide Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations).

The varsity was first based in 1669, after which in 1795 started specializing in oriental languages. As of 2015, near 100 languages are taught at this college, with the most well-liked being Japanese, Arabic, Russian and Chinese language.

I selected my main based mostly on what I wished to check and in accordance with the place I might see myself sooner or later.

I began studying Chinese language in sixth grade, and after seven years of Chinese language, I wished to proceed the language but in addition begin studying one other one, Korean. After highschool, it grew to become clear that my future was someplace in Asia.

Of probably the most prestigious universities in all of Paris providing the same old languages, none had each Chinese language and Korean. Since my selections have been extra explicit, I regarded into universities providing extra “uncommon” languages. Solely two universities had the choices I wished, and the INALCO grew to become my first selection and likewise my dream college.

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In Sept. 2013 I stepped into a contemporary brick constructing that will grow to be my second house — my alma mater, as Individuals wish to say — for the following three years of my bachelor research. In France, undergraduate is simply three years.

On my second 12 months, I began a minor in worldwide enterprise, as solely languages wouldn’t safe me a job after commencement.

For worldwide college students wanting to check in France, exchanges are doable, particularly via Erasmus Pupil Community, a global trade program. Nonetheless, a primary information of French is necessary, as a majority of the lessons use it because the educating language.

With my expertise of studying Chinese language via junior and highschool, I felt ready for studying Korean. Studying a brand new language, particularly whether it is totally different out of your mom tongue, is troublesome. When you end up in entrance of a textual content that “seems like drawings” for anybody else, you’ll be able to simply really feel discouraged however onerous work and motivation will at all times repay.

Beginning this September, as I enter my third and final 12 months, I can already inform that my college has taught me lots, in and out of doors of the classroom.

Every single day at my college is a cultural trade — whereas strolling to class or consuming on the cafeteria, every kind of languages may be heard. From Russian to Japanese, with out forgetting African dialects and lots of Asian languages, a easy stroll can flip right into a journey all over the world.

Each different week, pupil associations of various language departments manage “cultural days” to introduce the music, meals and literature of their nations to the scholars. This enables INALCO college students to be open to the world and grow to be educated about quite a lot of nations.

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Free conferences are additionally held all 12 months lengthy. The college invitations researchers and professors to speak about totally different nations’ challenges and futures in our world.

For me the INALCO is a cultural and language trade hub and a gathering place between college students and the world.

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