Grenoble -- Living in the south of France! Past Review

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 06/18/2013 to 07/25/2013 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to make sure that you do everything you can to make the most of your experience. Don't be scared and stay home, go out and explore, do things that you would normally be too shy to do.

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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.

I learned so much french within my time in France that it was surprising I had only been there for a month and a half. My teacher Thierry was great.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone was lovely

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I love my host mom, she was always so kind and she threw a birthday party for me!

* Food:

I loved all of the food of France! So much bread and everyone picnics!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

All you had to do was explore the city and eventually you begin to know some of the locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any issues

* Safety:

The city was pretty safe, just don't be stupid and walk alone at night.

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)

I did pretty well at budgeting.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 20 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't go crazy during les Soldes. Most of the things are really cheaply made.


* 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

My host mom didn't know English at all and my teacher never spoke anything but French.

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? Beginning 2
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? Meet foreign exchange students (someone who doesn't know english) and make friends with them, then you will have to speak in french. Also make friends with the local bartenders. Bauhaus is the best bar.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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?
  • The excursions
  • The people
  • The Food
* What could be improved?
  • I honestly don't know
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To not worry, that you will have the best time.

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.