With hundreds of international students on campus, UNC Charlotte boasts a uniquely diverse student body. 

Check out this exclusive Niner Times Q&A with Lou Fabra, international student from France.

Lou Fabra is most looking forward to checking out some 49er football this semester. Photo courtesy of Lou Fabra

Q: Why did you choose to be part of an exchange?

A: I want to discover the world. I love traveling, and the agreement between the two universities is that I do not have to pay tuition or accommodations. 

It was a perfect opportunity. I also want to be completely fluent in English so that was a huge motivator. 

I believe that you should travel while you are young and meet as many people as possible, because when you are older you experience things differently. You can do so much more when you are young.

Q: What made you decide to come to UNC Charlotte?

A: I had to put down five universities as my options when I signed up for the exchange. 

I went to the all universities in the States’ websites. UNC Charlotte stood out as it seemed really good. 

I put UNC Charlotte down as an option and then my home university chose UNC Charlotte for me. 

They had to spread out the exchange students as much as possible, and I was lucky. I am enjoying it so much. 

Q: What is the most prominent way in which your culture and American culture differs?

A: Everything is bigger, louder and so chaotic! For example, when I went to my first baseball game, there were fireworks, people talking over speakers the whole time and food everywhere. 

People here are also very patriotic.

Q: What has been your most exciting moment on the exchange?

A: The first day of orientation when all the exchange students met each other. There were 28 different countries represented in the room. It was unbelievable! 

It was amazing to see so many people from totally different countries meet in one room. It seems so far away now, though, that day. But it has truly been only three weeks.

Q: What do you most look forward to here at UNC Charlotte and in America?

A: Right now, I think the upcoming football season. I do not know the rules at all, but it will be so exciting. Football is such a big part of the American culture, and I really want to experience it. I imagine that it will be a big gathering, everyone in green and gold. I really want to see that.

Q: What is something that you would like UNC Charlotte students to know about your home country?

A: We don’t stink! There is more than Paris, and we do take showers. France is really cool. I encourage people to come visit France and experience it for themselves.