Paris je t'aime Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/18/2012 to 05/31/2012 with

Academic Programs Abroad (APA): Paris - Immersion for Intermediate & Advanced French Speakers

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to take advantage of every opportunity presented to me. You never know where something will lead, so go to that cafe, meet up with that friend, or see that museum exhibit. This experience was definitely worthwhile, and I would recommend it to everyone.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I am satisfied with my academic experience. Students should be prepared to be more independent about deadlines. The workload increases towards the end of the semester.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I absolutely loved the city of Paris and living there. In terms of meeting French people, you have to be outgoing and unafraid to just start talking to people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

I never felt unsafe in Paris. As with any city, watch your wallet and be aware of your surroundings, but I generally had no problems.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? French 141B
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Don't be afraid to make mistakes. The best way to learn is to just speak as much as you can. The mistakes will go away with time.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Taking courses in the French university system with French students
  • The courses run by APA
* What could be improved?
  • The cultural program had too many modern/contemporary productions.
  • Closer contact between APA and the university professors
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Students are expected to be pretty independent from the get-go.