Study Abroad at Paris Sorbonne Past Review

By (Government, The University of Texas at Austin) for

AIFS: Paris - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Had the best time of my life, wish I could go back tomorrow

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: La Sorbonne
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.

Classes were very easy compared to UT courses. The workload was very light and the tests were not challenging or surprising. It was nice to not deal with the pressure of school while there. The classes were interesting despite their ease and many of them helped you learn about Paris through tours of the city.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were all very sweet and very helpful, the programs they offered were very nice and there were many chances to participate free of charge

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in an apartment with my best friend. AIFS had nothing to do with it. It was very expensive. Lived in Saint Germaine, very nice safe area <br /><br />

* Food:

Lots of options

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Going to the Champagne Chateau was amazing!

* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save money before you go! You will want to spend a lot!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Speak French all the time even with friends. IT will help you and the French people appreciate the effort to learn their language and will gladly help you most of the time

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't hang out with Americans abroad for the most part, meet new people!!!!!!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Multiculturalism and Modern France

Course Department: I don't know
Instructor: Martin Megevand
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was not challenging, the workload was very light, but the teacher was extremely confusing in class. His teaching style was not clear and concise.
Credit Transfer Issues: n/a
Course Name/Rating:

Franco-American Relations from Lafayette to Today

Course Department: GOV 360N
Instructor: Madame Galichon
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was great. Very manageable but very interesting. We took multiple tours of the city and learned a lot about Paris
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: French 301
Instructor: Christina Matysova
Instruction Language: French
Comments: This was French for beginners, it was very easily paced and the workload was light. Tests every Friday were not great.
Credit Transfer Issues: n/a