Memorable Past Review

By (Comparative Literature., Willamette University) - abroad from 01/14/2013 to 05/18/2013 with

CEA: Aix-en-Provence, France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how open and welcoming the world can be and just how far you can go with a little bit of bravery

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Vivienne, Sandra, and Vainess made my experience memorable, fun, and welcoming. Love them!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my CEA apartment and roommates. SO beautiful and welcoming

* 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:

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

Finances

* 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)

Language

* 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? Advanced
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? Speak up in class!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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 other students in the program
  • Aix and the surrounding region
* What could be improved?
  • allow me to do it forever!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how expensive AIx is

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

L'Histoire de France

Course Department:
Instructor: Claude Thomas
Instruction Language: French
Comments: My experience in this class was very negative. When the whole class did poorly on a midterm, he barely went over it at all and didn't change the schedule to help us learn from our mistakes. He also regularly humiliated students and spoke of Americans with disdain.
Credit Transfer Issues: