Miss it already Past Review

By (Journalism., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/18/2013 to 12/18/2013 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 learned SO much French. It was absolutely worth everything.

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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.

Absolutely fantastic. Moderate classes that allow you to explore the city and cities around you.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone was/is extremely helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Host family let me do my own thing, but I literally got bare minimum from them. I got a place to stay and dinners everyday except Saturdays.

* Food:

....Amazing... I miss it everyday. Fresh markets that are cheap and everyone is very nice.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I actually had a doctors appointment while there. It was really helpful, fast, and cheap. I'm actually going through the reimbursement process now.

* Safety:

Never felt unsafe while there, even walking around at night.

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)

I was able to live on 80 euro a week. 10 euro a day for lunch, except for Saturdays which was 20 euro for lunch and dinner.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent about 100 euro a week all included.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Set yourself a budget. Find out your daily costs and only pull enough cash for that week. Once you're out of cash, you're out. It was a great way for me to save money. 10 euro a day was easy for me to do, including my daily coffees.

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

Everything was in French aside from 2 classes.

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? Second year French
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? Find someone to talk to. Always try even if you're terrible. Everyone in Aix was helpful when they knew you were trying.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Peers
  • Excurssions
  • Faculty
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack lighter. I only wore about half of what I brought with me.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'