I didn't want to go home! Past Review

By (Berea College) - abroad from 02/05/2019 to 05/31/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
After living by myself for four months and having to problem-solve, all while in a foreign country, I gained a great amount of confidence in myself. Additionally, I was able to enrich my cultural knowledge through visiting museums and other various French landmarks, and I improved my faculty in the French language.

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.

I feel like I learned a lot! The classes were tough enough to keep me engaged, but also easy enough that I was able to enjoy them

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The dorms at the Fondation des Etats-Unis were very clean and surprisingly spacious. The management was very helpful.

* Food:

The program provided me with 70 euros for food a month; naturally, that money did not go very far.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I interacted with locals on a daily basis.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I experienced a problem with bedbugs. The Fondation handled it quickly and completely.

* Safety:

I cannot think of a time where I felt particularly unsafe. I was able to walk home by myself, late at night without issue.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I really enjoyed the university where I studied and the fact that my program offered excursions which allowed us to travel outside of Paris within the cost of the program.


* 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)

The cost of groceries was a little more expensive, though still pretty comparable to what I would spend in the US.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 70-80 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You will spend more money on food than you initially think.


* 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

In my classes, it was mandatory that we only spoke French.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
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? French 340
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? It helps to speak the language often with someone else, as opposed to studying by yourself.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Cultural immersion
  • Increased mobility
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • The program could have been a bit better organized.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't wait until the end of the semester to go experience things! Even if the weather is horrible, go out and do things! You'll regret it if you don't.