What a fun and educational experience! Past Review

By (Industrial Relations, West Virginia University) - abroad from 01/03/2016 to 03/30/2016 with

CEPA Foundation: Strasbourg - EU Studies Semester Abroad Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
i learned to work along side people with different values and perspectives. It was absolutely a worthwhile experience!

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The Chateau de Pourtales is an incredible place. I would not have rather lived anywhere else in Strasbourg.

* Food:

The breakfast was wonderful and readily available every morning.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I would have like to learn more French while I was here. I felt that there was a language barrier. However, this was as much my fault as the organization's. Offering a few more French classes upon arrival would have been beneficial though.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no health issues.

* Safety:

I felt very safe during my stay.

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)

I was able to live very easily on the 70 Euro per week stipend.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50 Euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take advantage of the complimentary breakfast. Also, shop at the grocery store and eat at your residence as opposed to dining out. Save the money for traveling!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Freedom to travel
  • Friendly Staff
  • Organized excursions
* What could be improved?
  • EM class prevalence
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have been more prepared with French language skills!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

International Career Seminar

Course Department: CEPA
Instructor: Wolfgang Glebe
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course remained interesting throughout. Wolfgang kept the class involved, and actively participating in discussions.
Credit Transfer Issues: