Paris... Unforgettable! Past Review

By (Biology and French, Trinity University) - abroad from 09/05/2013 to 12/20/2013 with

Central College Abroad: Study Abroad in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I truly learned to be independent in a real world and how to handle stressful and difficult situations. I learned so much about another culture but most importantly about my own culture and my likes and dislikes. I grew as a person and learned that you never truly know everything there is to know because you can always keep learning more.

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.

The courses offered from the Catholic Institute of Paris were very helpful indeed to practice french every day, for grammar and civilization purposes. Since the class ratios were small the feedback and resources teachers gave were very adequate and useful. The program also contributed to this by the assesments and tests taken at the beginning and end of the semester, which might not be easy, but they are worth your time. In terms of academic rigor, classes were not as intense and the workload is not crazy, just appropriate so that you can enjoy an academic and personal experience at the same time. You will have the best of both worlds.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration in Central College was great! It really made the transition into Paris so much more relaxed and pleasant. We didn't have to worry about paying rent once we were there or how to start about getting a phone or a bank account. The only thing that I would change, would be taking the extracurricular activities you want to do, in your own hands. You should look into that well before going so that once you get there you already know what you want and how to get it.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was probably one of the hardest things to adjust to. Paris, France is definitively not the United States. Commodities like having your own bathroom in a comfortable room will definitively not be present once you are there. Europeans have a different life style where everything will be smaller and older so just get used to that fact.

* Food:

It is France, so food is really good when you go outside and eat. But for the most part I had to cook my dinners because of where I lived so it got challenging at times.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There are so many different aspects that can define integration into a local culture. And everyone will have their own experiences in their own way. In my case I integrated just fine and I felt identified with some aspects of society because I could relate to them.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I personally did not have any issues with health while abroad but I had a number of friends who did and everything went well for them for the most part. The administration really helped them when they needed it the most.

* Safety:

I feel that Paris was a very safe city in general as long as you take the necessary precautions and be prudent. Always listen to the precautions that the program gives you.

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


* 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 a very expensive city, you have to carefully manage your budget while you are there. Nothing is comparable to the prices in the united states but if you know where to look and you take your time you can find amazing offers for free and with really good student discounts!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • 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?
  • Cultural Interactions
  • Sights
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Cellular program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I didn't have an idea in mind for what it was going to be like. I wish that I went with an empty glass ready for some surprises along the way.

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

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Course Department:
Instruction Language: French
Comments: This class was much more challenging than I originally thought. French phonetics are complicated. However, this was probably the best class I took throughout the semester. I learned so much from it and it helped my pronunciation and accent by a lot. The teacher definitively knows what she is doing and she was very helpful and patient along the way. I would highly recommend taking this class.
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France: How does the state work?

Course Department:
Instructor: Mme Favarel
Instruction Language: French
Comments: I was not sure what to expect from this class. It is officially listed as a political science class. Nevertheless, we talked about everything you can imagine about the French culture. It was a very interesting class with a lot of perspectives. Nevertheless, it took a lot of material into one semester so I felt that we could not fully develop a subject. Other than that the teacher was great and we received a lot of resources.
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