Paris is Spectacular Past Review

By (Communication and Media Studies., University of Southern Maine) for

AIFS: Paris - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I would do it all over again if I could

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

amazing experiance, a lot of coursework. I had a French class for two hours every day. And two hour long seminars on Mondays and Tuesdays. But I chose to take a lot of courses.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

France is amazing, very glamorous and exceeded my expectations. Anything I wanted was accessible, although I was in Paris.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Get on the meal voucher plan, because the meal vouchers are accepted pretty much everywhere, that way you do not have to worry about saving money for food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Versailes, and Normandy were my favorite

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Overall I never felt unsafe in Paris, I would walk a lot places by myself and was fine. However there are safer parts in the city, I was living in a really safe neighborhood so I always felt comfortable walking alone at night. However, the metro sometimes scared me I never really liked taking it alone.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Host family, and my french Class

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • I always felt very organized and comfortable
* What could be improved?
  • less school work