Wonderful French language learning experience in and out of the classroom! October 09, 2019

By (Brookdale Community College) - abroad from 07/01/2019 to 07/26/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned more French in a day in this program than a year of self-study. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this program for anyone looking to improve their French language skills in a beautiful setting with easy access to outdoor activities.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 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:

* 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

I loved this program and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Finances

* 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? About $200, including extracurricular activities like canyoneering and weekend travel
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Travel with other students and share lodging

Language

* 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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Self-taught
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Dive in and try not to speak your native language at all.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Interesting and engaging classes
  • Tons of outdoor activities nearby
  • Formed great friendships with locals and other students
* What could be improved?
  • Offer programs that are a week long (or less than a month)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I would be living with another American in my host family's house for the first couple weeks. It ended up being a great thing, but I wish I had known. It also would have been nice to know my schedule a few weeks beforehand for planning weekend excursions.

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:

B2

Course Department:
Instructor: Anne-Lise et Emilie
Instruction Language: French
Comments: Great engagement and focus on spoken language skills.
Credit Transfer Issues: