Paris became a home away from home Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Berea College) - abroad from 05/07/2012 to 05/30/2012 with

Berea College: Paris - The Wonders of Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to navigate in a foreign place and assimilate to another culture. It was definitely worthwhile and will remain in my memory.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The meals we received during the week were very good and it was appreciated that the Pension staff cooked them for us. I also liked the restaurants that were suggested to us.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

We were shown where the pharmacy was located in case we had a medical issue. This was helpful to know.

* Safety:

We were warned about the potential dangers we could encounter in Paris and how best to handle them if they arose and ways to avoid them if possible.

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)

It was somewhat difficult having to buy lunch every day for 23 days and then adding dinner on weekends. Museums were also a bit pricey. However, all costs were worth it.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100+ euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy lunch from the grocery store and look for sales or buy a panini and a drink or bring a water bottle so that you don't have to buy a drink. Limit your number of fancy dinners and your souvenir shopping. Try to allot a certain amount per week to spend and try not to go over that.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Art and Architecture
  • History
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Possibly a few less sites to visit so that we wouldn't have to rush from place to place
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known just how difficult it would be to get all the sites in during the three weeks we were there.