CEA Paris Fall 2017 Past Review

By (Chapman University) - abroad from 08/27/2017 to 12/16/2017 with

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: Paris, France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I gained a whole new perspective on French culture. Definitely worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Photography and oenology courses are great

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful and gave great advice and recommendations

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Fast maintenance, roommate choice good, great neighborhood

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Take global competence - you will have class with other French students!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I went to the doctor and it was really easy and I am getting reimbursed

* Safety:

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

Yes, for my first time being abroad it was really easy to settle down in Paris. It was great for the transitioning.


* 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)

Always apply for scholarships, I saved a lot and applied to scholarships which led to free travel

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150 - $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Apply for scholarships!!!!


* 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? 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?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Get a tutor/read the news in your language!

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
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?
  • Housing
  • Staff
  • Small Claseses
* What could be improved?
  • Integration with French Students
  • More independence
  • Less homework
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing, it's great to experience and learn as you go.

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.