As I mentioned in my Oxford post, our whole trip to Europe was to learn more about international higher education. Our institution visit in Paris was to Cite Internationale, a residential campus for foreign students living and studying in Paris. The concept is wholly unique and really cool. Essentially, a bunch of different countries sponsor houses on the campus to support the large population of non-French students at the many institutions across Paris. These students can be in a traditional semester abroad program or can be completing an entire degree. Some countries have an official government relationship (the house is paid for and programming is conducted by the embassies) while others are private. Even though countries have their own houses, Cite Internationale allows French residents to live there and limits the number of students from that country who can live in that house to focus on building a community and to introduce students to other cultures. Each house reflects the heritage and culture of its sponsor country: look for the blue on the Swedish house and the monkeys guarding the Cambodian house. The US, with a very large population, obviously has one of the larger houses on campus, and the Rockefeller family gifted money for the first building. While the day was a bit gloomy, the trees and flowers were blooming. It was nice to see spring because Colorado doesn’t see spring quite this early.