The best experience ever! Past Review

By (International Studies, French, University of Hartford) - abroad from 02/02/2014 to 05/15/2014 with

API (Academic Programs International): Paris - Institut Catholique de Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I can push myself outside of my comfort zone and learn so much. Paris is beautiful and I learned a lot about the French culture and how to appreciate it. I learned to be open to people who are not like me.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was a good amount.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The API Paris administration were very helpful and made Paris comfortable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family made my time in Paris that much better.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

By the end of the semester I felt that I was at home.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Once I went to the hospital and it was easier than I thought it would be.

* Safety:

One has to be careful in Paris. I always kept my eyes open.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Since I was in a host family I had a carrefour grocery card that helped a lot but during the week I would spend 30 euros on food.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan how much money you want to spend for the week and try not to go over it. Do not spend a lot of money when you first arrive. Wait until a month or so in to by something you like; you will have a clearer head.


* 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? I took a french 300 class.
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? Try not to feel afraid to speak in the language. Keep trying.

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
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?
  • People
  • Sights
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • More space in between the orientation activities.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it would all be okay and worth it.