AIFS in Paris at the Sorbonne was awesome. Past Review

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AIFS: Paris - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself, it was definitely worthwhile.

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 still don't understand French grading--its on a scale of 1-20. French professors are much more harsh and frank than American professors.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Strengths: extracirricular activities planned beautifully--diverse experiences and very fun environment. Host family situation couldn't have been better. Weaknesses: connection with french immigration system was not clear, visas were hard to get and residential permit was not explained thoroughly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Host family was welcoming and awesome. Neighborhood beautiful, right by eiffel tower.

* Food:

Vins et Terroirs dinner was my favorite.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved the trip to Giverny to see Monet's house and the trip to Versailles. I didn't know all that awesome stuff would be included!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I got sick with a sinus infection and went to the doctor. I am supposed to be reimbursed for that money but I have not been yet, but the doctor was great, he even spoke english. Paris is not as safe as Austin but I didn't have any bad experiences.

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? i didn't realize how expensive paris is in general, but the program was great.


* 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? credit for 4 semesters of french
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced with my host family. Many people in Paris speak english but they prefer french.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • housing
* What could be improved?
  • immigration process
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Lots of things are included in this program--its a good price. Be very picky about your housing, be clear about what you want.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Cours Pratique

Course Department: don't know
Instructor: don't know
Instruction Language: French
Comments: It was very intensive french language instruction, the course met every single day. I learned a lot and could speak french well at the end.
Credit Transfer Issues: I still haven't done the credit part yet.
Course Name/Rating:

Paris, Its Architecture and History

Course Department: don't know
Instructor: Monsieur Greaves
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very interesting architecture class--like a walking tour of Paris.
Credit Transfer Issues: None.