Provence: How to understand the language and the people Past Review

By (French Language Teacher Education., Austin College) - abroad from 01/14/2013 to 05/10/2013 with

American University Center of Provence (AUCP): Aix-en-Provence - Advanced French Study

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The number one way that you can make your experience better is to go outside of your comfort zone.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $45
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Always try to buy food at the market and cook it instead of going out to eat all the time. It will save a lot of money.


* 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

French was required at all times.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
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? Intermediate French Literature Course
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? Be determined and don't give up. It's so easy to speak English with the other American students, but the only way that your skill will improve is to speak only French.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The home stay
  • The professors
* What could be improved?
  • The extracurriculars
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There are amazing and inexpensive ways to travel around the area. I wish that I had known how to find them earlier so I could have seen more of the countryside.

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!