Life changing experience Past Review

By (Bilingual Elementary Education, University of Texas - San Antonio) - abroad from 01/21/2012 to 04/28/2012 with

API (Academic Programs International): Grenoble - Université des Alpes

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Most definitely!

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?

The housing was a little far from town and it was difficult learning the bus schedule and tram schedule, but I got great advise to rent a bike and that worked out well.

* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I was given 80 euro a month for food because I did not live with a host family, but I spent about 80 euro a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy a 12-25 pass for trains, you get 50% off tickets, renting a bike saved money, was only 30 € a month and a lot faster than taking a taxi or bus


* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? College French level II, three semesters
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? Living in a residency hall really made me talk to a bunch of people who did not know English, but only French

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • How organized everything was and how I didn't have to worry about a place to stay or passes or trips
* What could be improved?
  • More French culture classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How cold it would be