The Best Semester of My Life, Brought To Me Through CEA January 28, 2018

By (Ithaca College) - abroad from 08/28/2017 to 12/16/2017 with

CEA: Paris, France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much more than I could ever write here. How to meet new people, how to be open-minded to all of the other people in the world. How to handle the everyday tasks of being adult.

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

They handled absolutely everything from where to obtain a French phone plan to where to buy the best cheese.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a dorm, which made meeting other international students incredibly easy! BUT, it was a dorm that had the typical dorm accommodations.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

CEA staff made sure to know where students were traveling each weekend to ensure everybody's safety.

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

The support was incredible and the classes were interesting. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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)

Paris is an expensive city

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Absolutely make a budget (even a loose one). Know how much you spend on groceries your first week so that you can anticipate if you're spending too much.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? No formal classes
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? Learn practical phrases before you go! Then, focus on understanding the grammar of those phrases. Something useful: Je voudrais un croissant, s'il vous plait.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The staff
  • Their loaning of cooking supplies
  • Their excursion offerings
* What could be improved?
  • The proximity of housing to the center
  • Including city transportation costs
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That they loan cooking supplies, bedding, some textbooks, and their support.

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.