Adventure on the French Rivera Past Review

By (Art/English, Austin College) - abroad from 01/28/2013 to 05/30/2013 with

AIFS: Cannes - Campus International de Cannes

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Going abroad was a life changing experience that was without a doubt worthwhile. I learned so much about myself and am so much more confident with my abilities to be integrate into new cultures.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* 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?

* Safety:

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? The only time I needed to spend outside money was for travel in other cities or countries! I didn't find myself feeling like I needed to spend my money on these things on a regular basis!
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You can travel cheaply, comfortably and safely if you plan ahead!


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? French classes in the 200 level
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? Try very hard to meet local friends! They will be happy to practice with you!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • freedom to travel
  • very kind administrators
  • location
* What could be improved?
  • more rigorous french integration
  • more availiable home stays
  • volunteer opportunities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I would have known that although they advertise courses offered in the community to take, they are difficult to find and even more difficult to integrate them into your class schedule. I would have liked to take an art class while abroad and also gotten to volunteer with locals.

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.