Paris Je T'aime Past Review

By (International/Global Studies., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) - abroad from 01/02/2014 to 05/30/2014 with

CEA: Paris, France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was so worthwhile and I wish I could go back. I miss it everyday.

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.

The classes were good, but the teachers also wanted you to gain as much experience in the city and around Europe so everything they taught was applicable to your time abroad.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Amazing, they were so nice. I did not speak any french coming into it and they were super helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved them. I lived in an apartment right in the middle of the city with three other americans. Perfect location. Right near a metro.

* Food:

Food in Paris is amazing.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated. It was very easy to meet french friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Did not have to deal with this.

* Safety:

I always felt very safe.

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)

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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner

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
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?
  • Everything
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I felt well prepared.