API Paris Past Review

By (Criminal Justice and Corrections., Saint Anselm College) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The classes were amazing and great, but the life outside of the classroom was miserable. I wish I would have just taken French summer school in the states.

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.

Because the professor was used to having students from so many different countries, she had to be able to teach at a basic level for more complicated subjects. Because of her skill of that, learning there was so much easier because the professor had to be used to explaining to different types of students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Mentioned above.

* Food:

Mentioned above.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The South of France was amazing along with Versailles.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The place where we lived was not that safe, but by the university it was.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? 100-200 Euro a week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? None


* 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? Intermediate French
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I could communicate with anyone and everyone, and yes we needed to use french every day. Most could understand English if you stumbled in French.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A student who is very open and easy going.