Had fun but wasn't culturally or linguistically enriching Past Review

By (French/Geography; Tourism, Brigham Young University) - abroad from 06/04/2013 to 07/27/2013 with

Brigham Young University: France International Internships

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I don't feel like I gained anything that I couldn't have gained getting a minimum-wage paying summer job.

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.

I was set up with an American company, so my french was not worked at all and I didn't learn new vocabulary.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The on-site person for our internship wasn't always honest, and sought her personal gain more than our interests in wanting the program to succeed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apt was very nice and relatively close to my work, but the family was very stand-offish and fought late into the night frequently.

* Food:

really expensive to provide for myself with an unpaid internship.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Only friends I made were Americans and Australians from my English speaking work. My schedule was weird so I didn't have time to meet french people and my host family didn't talk to me.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no experiences with it.

* Safety:

My host family lived in a very nice, safe, clean area.

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)

Since I wasn't making money over there I had to be very careful with my money. I missed out on a lot of opportunities to experience the sites and things because I was worried about feeding myself.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Look for the discounted foods, eat a lot of couscous and pasta.


* 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? Advanced
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? 361
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Get in with a french company

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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  • Other
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?
  • Being back in Paris
  • Getting school credit for it
* What could be improved?
  • If we could have options where we could choose our internship
  • Food money stipend?
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Being an intern is basically being free labor. No special training/learning/wisdom sharing.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.