Paris is Best From the Outside December 22, 2017

By (Berea College) - abroad from 08/26/2017 to 12/19/2017 with

American University of Paris: Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Among other cultural differences, I have witnessed a very different medical system while France. This is interesting information to bring back t the US. The treatment of food and drink it also quite different. But the thing I most cherish, was the opportunity to be a foreigner and to learn a new language: it is like being given the oportuity to be a child again.

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.

* 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

Finances

* 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)

2.5 Paris is a very expensive city, and for a student over 26 years old the museums are unfortunately not free, so this should be taken into account.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Navigo Pass in Paris is essential, it is a free way to get around the city AND two hours outside the city!

Language

* 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? FR 1
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? PLaying sports

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* 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?
  • The amount of time spent outside of the classes with my rock climbing buddies
* What could be improved?
  • The money allotted for museums for students older than 26
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The famous Vietnamese sandwich: Ban mie gets its name from “mis” the french word for the soft part of the bread.This is a remnant of the French colonisation of Vietnam