As much as I love living in Wisconsin, I wanted a location abroad that would offer me the opportunity to explore different terrain than what I was used to. I had never seen real mountains before, so when I heard about the city of Grenoble, located within the French Alpes, I was immediately drawn in.
Once I decided on the location, I knew I had to eventually choose a specific study abroad provider/program. I had spoken to previous study abroad alumni from my university who had also gone to Grenoble through API. Everyone I had talked to, continually raved about the incredible on-site staff of API in Grenoble. Knowing there would be a lot of "scary unknowns" with a semester abroad, a supportive on-site staff was exactly what I was looking for.
The API program in Grenoble also offered appropriate courses that I could transfer back to my home university to cover the requirement of a social science general education class. This is one of the requirements I needed to satisfy to graduate within four years!