* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program?
I wrote off going to Paris immediately because it is really touristy and I wanted to come to France and speak French. While I was right about that (in Paris if you try to speak French, often locals will respond to you in English), there are a lot of benefits to being in Paris as well. For one, throughout most of Europe, everything shuts down on Sundays leaving you with nothing to do, so Paris is great because there are a lot of museums and cultural things that are still open on Sundays for you to do. Additionally, it is a lot easier (and cheaper) to travel from Paris than from Montpellier because Paris is a huge travel destination and coming from Montpellier I often had to take a train to Marseille in order to get anywhere. That being said, I still would pick Montpellier over Paris, but I didn't realize those things before