Semester Abroad in Jouy en Josas, not Paris Past Review

By (Finance, The University of Texas at Austin) for

Hautes Etudes Commerciales / HEC: Paris - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The finale exams are weighted heavily and determine your final grade. Preparing for final exams is not addressed during class; It is all up to each individual student to prepare for this. Teachers are not very involved and are not easily accessible.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The international student association was a great way to meet new people and learn more about the french culture.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Cheap food, but bad quality.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Traveling around France and Europe was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? your budget is determined by how much you want to travel.


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

Language acquisition improvement?

Practicing French was very limited to mostly other foreign students. Most people spoke english.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? HEC is not in Paris, it is in the woods. Use and to travel cheaply