A Challenging, but Rewarding Experience Past Review

By (Birmingham-Southern College) - abroad from 09/05/2017 to 12/22/2017 with

CEPA Foundation: Strasbourg - EU Studies Semester Abroad Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I became more independent than I thought possible and I pushed myself out of my comfort zone every day. It was worthwhile. I am a happier and more confident individual now.

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.

The academics were interesting, but not engaging. I wish there had been more critical thinking involved in assignments.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I really enjoyed the programming through CEPA.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Chateau de Portales is a dream.

* 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:

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

Living in France was difficult for many reasons, but CEPA was a fantastic program. While I was frustrated at times, I am glad that I pushed myself to study outside of an English-speaking country. CEPA allowed me to have this experience despite having low levels of French language skills.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Approximately 30 euros on foods and other expenses per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be mindful of what you spend your money on while abroad. The tour is always worth the money.


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? French beginners
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? Immerse yourself as much as you can in the language. It is easy to seek comfort in English-speakers.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Excursions
  • Program's International Presence
  • Opportunities given to the students (social media ambassador, networking, etc)
* What could be improved?
  • More communication with the University of Strasbourg
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Studying abroad is not a prolonged vacation. Not everyday will be perfect and wonderful, but there will be many perfect and wonderful days.

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!