So the French university system is a little wack. Professors don’t really feel the need to come to class. For example, my philosophy of humor class has only met twice, and school has been in session for well over a month. Hmm. I have essentially no assignments ever, but I assume there will be some sort of exam at the end (though the professors haven’t found it necessary to tell us about them or even give us any kind of syllabus).
Could this be because higher education is virtually free in France? That is what some people hypothesize. I mean, that sort of behavior would never fly in America. I don’t know. I do know that it definitely has it perks, because it gives me more freedom to do my own research, reading, ad learning. I can go to bookstores and buy books relevant to the class and read them on my own. Or I can go to museums, eat, walk, and explore Paris, which is really the reason why I decided to “study” here.