If you're considering it just do it! You will not regret it! January 31, 2018

By (Chapman University) - abroad from 08/28/2017 to 12/20/2017 with

CEA: Paris, France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really improved in my language skill. I learned a lot about myself. I had to do summer school to be able to study abroad and it was 100% worth it!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I am so glad I chose to study abroad with CEA! I had the opportunity to take my French class at Sorbonne University where I was in class with students from all around the world. At CEA, half of my class were on location somewhere in Paris! Many of them showing me areas I may have not adventured to otherwise! The have organized trips that are included with the program, I got to visit Honfleur, Loire Valley, Strasbourg, the Black Forest, and Fontainebleu (they change per semester but I am sure they are always awesome!). I also was able to attend a ballet at Palais Granier and the qualifying game of the French National Team for the World Cup. They often have tastings at the center where you can try out local food between classes. (I learned I love fig jam & wouldn't have known this otherwise). They offer many walking tours through out the city (I went on them all and really enjoyed them!) I was only able to do a semester, but I really wish I was able to stay the whole year! I highly recommend CEA!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone at the site office was amazing! I cannot say enough of how much I enjoyed them all.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was provided by the program. I read a lot of not so great reviews about housing in Paris, but our apartment was great!

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* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

I would hands down go back in a heartbeat to do the program again. I really wish I had more time on the program.

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 expensive. I budgeted and was fine.

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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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
  • 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?
  • Staff
  • Location
  • Overall Experience
* What could be improved?
  • More Opportunities to Meet French Students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Explore and See as much as you can from the beginning!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

History of Paris: An Architectural Perspective

Course Department:
Instructor: Linnea Tilly
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I absolutely loved this class! It was everything I was looking for in a study abroad class. Once a week we went to the location to see first hand what we were studying. I learned so much about the history of Paris and the important sites throughout the city. Professor Tilly is such a joy, she is so knowledgable and can answer any question (really!) I couldn't recommend this class enough
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