Uncovering Paris Past Review

By (History And Anthropology, Brigham Young University) - abroad from 05/05/2013 to 06/14/2013 with

Brigham Young University: Paris - Paris Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was exposed to new ways of living and new places for living, which in my opinion is very worthwhile.

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.

It wasn't very rigorous and the classes were so disorganized. It was hard tell if I was actually meeting the requirements for the class because I didn't know exactly what the requirements were. However, the course material was all very interesting and I think, in the end, I have learned something new from them.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Just be smart and don't stay out too late in iffy areas. It's completely safe otherwise.

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? On average 100 dollars per week.


* 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? 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 3040
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? Try to use it in every situation possible- that's the way to learn vocabulary! Think to yourself in the language as best as you can and when you don't know how to say something, go look it up.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • The historical context given in class
  • Paris Walks audioguides
  • Learning about regional food and then eating the regional food
* What could be improved?
  • Organization so class time is used effectively
  • More structure and less individual emphasis
  • Finding everyone host families within the city
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's okay to make mistakes when speaking French!!!!!!! That's how you learn.

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.