Wonderful Semester in France Past Review

By (Biology and French Cultural Studies, Wellesley College) for

CUPA: Paris - Study Abroad in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes! It most certainly was.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Institut Catholique, Paris 3: Sorbonne Nouvelle
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.

I was not a fan of the overall french education system, but I did find the CUPA program to be wonderful and the courses there well taught.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Wonderful program, no major complaints.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Weekend and day trip, cultural excursions

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Very safe city, but general cautions necessary in a big city.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Nothing in particular


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 200 level college course
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Everything was in French!

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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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Overall, wonderful! Please contact me if you would like more information.
* What could be improved?
  • Male/Female ratio
  • In program courses