Souza next to Effle Tower in Paris

Study Abroad trip to Paris made possible by GHC Scholarship

Arianna De Souza earned college credits from Georgia Highlands College (GHC) during a study abroad trip to Paris all thanks to the Cook Study Abroad Scholarship from the GHC Foundation.

During her time in Paris, De Souza was able to take in the sights and sounds of a new city all while earning college credit. 

“It was always my dream to attend a study abroad course and Paris gave me the opportunity too, whilst receiving the necessary credit for my degree,” De Souza said. She is currently pursuing an Associate in Business Administration.

The trip was part of the University System of Georgia (USG) Goes Global study abroad program.

“I profoundly enjoyed taking these courses because it was taught with a French aspect,” De Souza said. “We also had several field trips that tied into the lesson, which made the courses easier to understand and apply to my studies.” 

She said the trip was exciting and gave her the opportunity to explore the city in her free time, including seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night and the Sacre-Couer Church that overlooks Paris. 

“It may seem quite intimidating at first, however, this experience allows you to explore the world, meet many new people and it gives you real-life context to your course all while earning your degree,” De Souza said. “A study-aboard course is truly a memorable experience.” 

De Souza plans to graduate from GHC this December and will transfer to Kennesaw State University where she plans to graduate in May of 2024.