I would definitely do it again!!! Past Review

By (Anthropology., Truman State University) - abroad from 06/01/2012 to 07/16/2012 with

Institute for American Universities (IAU): The School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Aix-en-Provence, France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I feel like I have grown more confident in myself from this experience. I also feel like I am more connected to the world.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

I really enjoyed my host family, they were very nice and very helpful.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

People could still tell I was American at times, mostly shopkeepers though.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

It was easy to tell which places you weren't supposed to go to. I always traveled with other people, so I always felt safe.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

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)

It was easy with a host family, since food was provided and you could buy snacks and souvenirs

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around 30-50 euros, when more than just food was being bought
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy train tickets early, plan trips ahead of time, know how much you are spending. Don't always buy something on impulse, you might find it much cheaper at a farmers market

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

There were plenty of vendors who knew some English, but they liked to hear students speaking French

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? French 325
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? My host mom had me fill out grammer exercise books for kids. I could show her what I knew and she could correct me if I got anything wrong. They were fun too!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • 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?
  • The very nice and encouraging professors
  • The food!
  • How the school took us on excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Have all host families live closer to each other and the school
  • Wifi in the town would make for easier communication among the students, not everyone can use their phone all the time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How the structure of France is different from America, as well as how strong the euro is compared to the dollar