La vie est belle en Provence Past Review

By (Georgia State University) - abroad from 01/06/2014 to 04/19/2014 with

CEA: Aix-en-Provence, France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
. Budgeting, travelling in some very roundabout ways, and dealing with difficult situations, I learned to take care of myself and become independent in a way I never was before. I met some wonderful people from all over, and really came to fall in love with the whole region.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

lots of opportunities to feel a part of the Provencal culture

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Aix is an incredibly safe city. but just like anywhere else, you must always be cautious.

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)

Aix is pretty expensive (second to Paris), and because it's small it's harder to find things for cheap. Still, it is doable.

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? DIA is a lifesaver. Also, eating out can be expensive, so I might suggest taking the 20 minute bus to Marseille where things are a lot cheaper.

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 3000 level college class
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 French all you can! There will be people who try to speak English with you because of your accent, but just keep insisting on French. It's the only way you'll learn.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Excursions
  • On-site staff
  • Food (no, it's really the best)
* What could be improved?
  • the 4 hour language classes can be a little exhausting
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just because it's in the south of France doesn't mean that it isn't cold and rainy in the winter.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.