Unique experience. Past Review

By (Fine Arts, Studio Arts, George Washington University) - abroad from 05/21/2016 to 07/23/2016 with

Atelier Neo Medici: Villeneuve sur Lot - Annual Painting Course & 2-month Intensive Painting Workshop

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely worthwhile; individual growth.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Philosophical learning experience in classical painting techniques comparable to those used by Flemish Masters.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Incredible experience affecting painting philosophy and technique.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Phenomenal experience in an unique surrounding.

* Food:

French food markets are fantastic; fresh, healthy, and affordable.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The culture is enveloping and pleasurable.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

Any country has its issues, particularly today. Nevertheless, there was not a moment were there was a personal fear of safety.

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

For my purposes, this program was fantastic and went beyond your average painting/fine art program; it was an encompassing experience in philosophy, history, and culture.


* 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)



* 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

Opportunity was plenty.

Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Watching a program in the given language.

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
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?
  • Philosophy
  • Technique
  • Weekend tours
* What could be improved?
  • Space
  • Studio Location
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How beneficial it was for artistic growth.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!