Originally Posted by blackplatano
Unless I'm mistaken, you are from or lived in France, no? If so, what city could you suggest to get the most out of the culture? Especially in terms of food (hopefully on a budget).
My cousin did his study in Lyon, which he really loved and was a very positive experience for him. It has a good rep as a student city.
Another friend of mine studied in Strasbourg on the German border. It's a city that mixes traditionally French and German influences and cultures. I know she enjoyed the student life there and the city is home to a number of European pan-government institutions, if you have an interest in government.
She commuted to Paris twice a week to work at a marketing firm and often stayed the weekend there with friends. She was a marketing and international relations major.
I did the dreaded US student group excursion in Paris which shared the features that others here have already noted. If I had it to do again, I might pick one of the smaller cities to really get that full cultural immersion. Paris is French but its also very international (and very expensive on a student budget!)
Also it might turn you in to a pinko