The most amazing time of my life Past Review

By (Neurobiology and Neurosciences., St. Mary's College of Maryland) - abroad from 09/24/2013 to 01/24/2014 with

AIFS: Paris - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was incredible. I learned so much about myself and the world that I thought I had already known.

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.

The French course was difficult which was good, but the other courses were a joke.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Amazing. Loved loved loved them.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Too old.

* Food:

Delicious. Eating out in Paris was annoying but it always meant the food was parfait.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living in a homestay, I was able to get the feel of a smaller street in Paris. However, I wish we were exposed to more French students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

As in any other European country, safety is important but you have to be aware of your surroundings.

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 was Paris it was expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50 dollars


* 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

You were encouraged to completely immerse yourself into the culture.

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? ILCF101
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? Don't be afraid to talk in the native language! They will be willing to help you!!!

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?

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?
  • Jane
  • They were always there to help me
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • The classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The homestays were more with just an old woman. Not a family

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!