API Grenoble could not have been a better program! Past Review

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was everything I could have hoped for and more. Because of my incredible experience I hope to live abroad again someday.

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.

The teaching methods were by far the most effective in any foreign language class I have had. Because French was the only common language we had in the classroom everything was in French. If a student did not understand something the teacher explained in french. The only issue I had was with the grading system. I still have no idea what my grades were from abroad and have been back for 2 months.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The API program directors could not have been better. They made me feel so comfortable and helped with absolutely everything. If I am ever close to Grenoble again I plan on calling my program directors and seeing them.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with a single woman in a small apartment in the center of town. I was very close to all nightlife and shopping. I had to take the tram to class but it was an easy trade off so that I always had someone I could trust to walk me home at night.

* Food:

The group I was with tried to save as much money as possible so we ate the bland cafeteria food but if you are willing to spend a little more money there are plenty of good places in the center of town.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since it was summer there were different free concerts on most nights, movies in the park, and plenty of nightlife. API also took us on incredible excursions on the weekends; my favorite was Chamonix.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Grenoble had riots in one of the suburbs while we were there. The riots were 20km away from where I was but after that police were stationed in the park by my house and roamed the streets making sure everything was safe. I was always cautious but never felt like I was in danger.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? The spending was what I expected and I would not want the program to change at all to lower the price.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 3 semesters
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I lived with a woman that did not speak any English so I had no other option but to learn the language as best I could if I wanted to communicate. Many of the students around Grenoble knew some English but we had to use our French at most restaurants and stores.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A student that is prepared to be fully immersed in the culture and loves the outdoors.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Language Intensive

Course Department: A2.8
Instructor: Catherine David
Instruction Language: French
Comments: The class was not too challenging. We started the class with a scavenger hunt around the city that was very helpful and educational. The teacher was very well prepared and knowledgeable. From what I have heard I was very lucky to have such a caring teacher. because I liked the teacher so much I participated in class much more often than I do in the States.
Credit Transfer Issues: I do not know yet.