A great experience September 27, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/21/2019 to 05/19/2019 with

American University of Paris: Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It’s always interesting to be in another country, particularly because it is when I reaches my identity and how I view/and how I’m viewed outside of the American context.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I appreciated that my beliefs were challenged and I was forced to articulate them in an effective way.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They responded quickly to all questions and concerns I had about the program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Only downside was the fifth floor walk up, but it was a beautiful apartment and I was grateful to be there.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The schools was a bit of a bubble. I mainly spoke English and found great comfort in the surrounding areas. To practice French and learn about the culture, I would go to a more remote place with limited English speaking.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

A different healthcare system was hard to adjust to. I didn’t really understand heath insurance there since I had to pay out of pocket to begin with.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

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)

Paris is very expensive, but I enjoyed my experience and was grateful to have the financial support of family and friends.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don’t study in Paris. It’s impossible if you don’t have people to call home to send money to. I cooked for myself most days and still had to seek help.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • City
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I should have applied for a fellowship to support me because the estimated cost offered by Wellesley College was completely unrealistic. I would have gone hungry some nights toward the end of my stay if I had not had a credit card and family to send money when I needed extra food.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.