Great experience in a cultural city August 22, 2019

By (Computer Science, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/14/2019 to 05/17/2019 with

American University of Paris: Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned about Parisian culture, French culinary world. 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.

Significantly less rigorous than Wellesley. Humanities courses are better than STEM courses.

* 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?

Did not use healthcare while abroad but available resources were well publicized.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Direct Enrollment at AUP gave me a lot of independence and free time to spend time how I wanted to in a new city, take advantage of museums as a student, and travel.


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
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? FREN 209
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Art History class
* What could be improved?
  • Housing through AUP (Comforts of Home) is expensive
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Find my own activities like cooking classes. Beware of pickpockets.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

AH 1003 Introduction to Art Through Paris Museums

Course Department: Art History
Instructor: Lindsey Hansen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great professor, well-planned class meetings (museum visits), interesting content, reasonable workload. Highly recommend!
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues