Apprendre la langue et voir la ville Past Review

By (Communication Disorders, Truman State University) - abroad from 07/07/2014 to 08/01/2014 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience was definitely worthwhile. I'd never been out of the country, and this was a great way to experience another culture while having the support of a school. I learned a lot of French between going to school all day and interacting with people at night.

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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 teaching from day to day could be a bit disorganized. That's the only reason I didn't give the program 5 stars.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was very attentive and answered all my questions.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I liked the privacy of being in the residence. It was also great that they didn't give me a roommate!

* Food:

I was in the residence hall, so I had to go out or get something from a grocery store for every meal. The food was really good, especially the ice cream. The only downfall was that I didn't have enough time between classes to go to a real restaurant for lunch.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I had lots of opportunity to go to community events and meet people in stores, but I didn't really get to know any French people outside of school.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any experience with healthcare. I didn't need any extra vaccines coming from the US.

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Annecy. I locked my door every night, but I was never in a situation where I felt unsafe or threatened. I was able to walk home after dark without being too afraid because the streets were well lit.

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 wasn't with a host family, so I had to purchase all of my meals. My expenses were higher than they would have been if I was with a host family.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bread is really cheap, and it's a great breakfast.


* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300 level college class
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? Interact with people as much as you can. People will understand you even if your French isn't perfect.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • International student body
  • Great town- eventful but safe
  • Great variety of topics covered in class
* What could be improved?
  • Having several teachers for every class could make things a bit disorganized
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that American debit cards might not work. If I were to do it again, I would have brought more paper money to exchange in case of emergency.

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!