I LEARNED SO MUCH!!! Past Review

By (Theatre, Truman State University) - abroad from 07/16/2012 to 07/27/2012 with

College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS): Annecy - Institut Français des Alpes

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A broader understanding of multiple other cultures as well as a greater appreciation for my own country and a desire to get to know the US better!! DEFINITELY worthwhile.

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?

* Food:

The food at the actual university was only available in vending machines, but there was a really yummy bakery that made sandwiches pretty close by!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I didn't meet any French people other than my host family and the administration at IFALPES, but I did meet students from all over the world, and so had a lot of interesting cultural experiences that way.

* 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


* 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 brought a lot of money so it wasn't a problem... and I spent a lot on clothing and souvenirs, but if I hadn't I could've easily lived on $100/week

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
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? Buy food at the supermarket and make your own lunch every morning!


* 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

I lived with a host family and only French was spoken in the classes

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? Advanced
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? Don't be afraid to make mistakes!! The goal is not to speak with perfect grammar, but to communicate your ideas.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • It gave me an opportunity to use the language with students from other countries around the world who were also learning the language
* What could be improved?
  • More prior knowledge as to how everything will work once I get there.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How the level placement was going to work at the university