The Highlight of my College Career Past Review

By (Psychology And French, University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/12/2012 to 06/01/2012 with

AIFS: Paris - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I realized I have more to learn more to see. I learned how to live not just go about my daily routine. I learned that you can't be afraid to make mistakes and don't dwell on the past. Life goes on and everyday is a new day!

Personal Information

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 felt like I was placed in the right level of French and learned something extraordinary everyday. I also had lovely and patient teachers.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were so attentive to our needs but at the same time gave us the liberty we need to figure things out our own. They also had many excursions that I enjoyed taking part it.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I absolutely loved the location, my house mother and all of my room mates I was placed with. I even had a dog !

* Food:

French food is by far my favorite. Meal vouchers came in handing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Although I love the french culture and language, there was a bit I had to get used to and not everyone is going to be as patient with you as your teachers.

* 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)

It all depends on your spending habits. I felt like I had sufficient funds.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 10-15
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan trips 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? Intermediate but is much different than what the French mean by intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
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- it is how you learn.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • 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?
  • The Culture
  • The People
  • The Language
* What could be improved?
  • weather but that's uncontrollable so therefore, nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Have no expectations.