Highly recommended! Past Review

By (Romance Languages, University of Oregon) - 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?
I learned a lot more of the French language and I gained many new friends from all over the world. DEFINITELY worthwhile!!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The on-site administration MADE the program! It was because of them that I had such an amazing experience.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I started with a home-stay and it was not good housing conditions, but we notified Vivienne (our site director) and she immediately moved my roommate and me into an amazing apartment.

* Food:

AMAZING

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt as connected as I could be, considering french people are a little more closed off.

* 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)

Aix-en-Provence and France in general are very expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook at home or make a big pot luck dinner with friends! You will save so much money.

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? Beginner
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? One 300 level class (third year French)
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? Stay with a host family or ask your director to find you a local who wants to learn english or meet new people and practice with them.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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 students
  • All the fun events planned for us
  • The CEA staff
* What could be improved?
  • More immersion with local french students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The cultural differences between the French and Americans is very apparent in terms of politeness and curtesy. French have a very different attitude in terms of what they think is polite because they will come off incredibly rude and selfish to a typical American. It doesn't affect the program that much, but it is something I wish I would've understood a little better before I arrived.

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.