The best month of my life Past Review

By (International Business, Indiana University of Pennsylvania / IUP) - abroad from 05/19/2015 to 06/19/2015 with

CEA: Aix-en-Provence, France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be more independent while learning the French culture. It was worth my while.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes were intense, but very helpful & the professors were great

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful with good direction

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Nice apartment with good space

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Great city with lots of history & entertainment

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No experiences with health issues

* Safety:

Very safe city, had no problems

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


* 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)

The restaurants and markets are very affordable

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About €100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not buy too many souvenirs to avoid excess weight in your suitcase


* 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

We spoke French to the workers in restaurants, shops & markets

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 281
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? Talk to natives as much as possible; don't get discouraged

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • The classes
  • The advisors (Vivienne & Nancy)
  • The city
* What could be improved?
  • I don't know
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I was more informed on French fashion in order to blend in more with the locals

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.