Best semester of my life Past Review

By (French Language, Literature, University of Kentucky) - 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 gained so much from the experience. Aside from the obvious language and culture training, I met lifelong friends. My roommate from Aix will even be in my wedding next summer! But most importantly, I learned how to function completely on my own.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administrators are AMAZING

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I absolutely LOVED my host family - we still write letters back and forth!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have a health issue, but my roommate did and she was able to take care of it easily. The program assisted her in finding a doctor and filling her prescription

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe at all in Aix

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

I wish every day I could go back. The semester in Aix was the time of my life.

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 expensive

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out all the time - buy food at the market for lunches and weekend meals

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

We were required to use the language in school and at home

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? French 201
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Administrators/Other students
  • Location
  • Accommodations (host family)
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It goes by too quickly!

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.