APA: An Authentic Parisian Learning Experience November 04, 2019

By (Sewanee: The University of the South) - abroad from 01/03/2019 to 05/05/2019 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 how to speak French in many registers. I learned a lot about myself in tandem with learning valuable information about the history and lifestyle of the city.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Resources were readily available. The program had great on-site tutors. I felt challenged but the course material was also made interesting .

* 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?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was able to get medicine for a cold/ respiratory infection from a family doctor easily with the help of my program.

* Safety:

I always felt safe and was always on guard if alone. I lived in a very safe area (13th arrondissement of Paris).

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

This program was so immersive. I left feeling like I knew the city and the people and places I came into contact with very well. The instruction was top-notch, and I feel APA offers something that is hard to find when it comes to studying abroad in Paris-a small home base within the chaos of the Paris university system.

Finances

* 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)

Language

* 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

It was strongly encouraged

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? FREN 407; upper-level French
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? movies and music in the language you're learning

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?
  • option to take classes at French universities and from instructors within host program
  • weekly cultural events
  • host family living arrangements
* What could be improved?
  • streamlining of practical information, dates, etc.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Commutes around Paris, to and from class and home, are long

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.