I studied abroad in Paris during my junior year of college and fell in love. Although I went with my university’s own study-abroad program that transferred grades and planned excursions, I was well aware of how much more it was costing me, especially compared to the measly tuition of most French universities.
So by the end of the year, when all I could think about was how to come back after graduating, I decided that I wanted to enroll directly in the university where I had studied instead of paying thousands of additional dollars to return with an American graduate program. I was already familiar with the city, I had contacts at the university, and I knew what program I wanted to study. I also spoke fluent French, so I knew that I could enroll directly with the same status as a French student in the discipline I wanted to study.