The provencal life, a life worth living, and remembering. Past Review

By (University of Denver) - abroad from 09/07/2012 to 12/18/2012 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?
It is really hard to say. But it was hard leaving because this place became my new home, and saw things from a different perspective. I truly fell in love with the program and the region.

Review Photos

IAU College: Aix-en-Provence - The School of Humanities & Social Sciences Photo

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.

Classes were not too difficult, challenging but manageable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program administration were unbelievably amazing. I definitely developed great relationship with them as a network. They are also very supportive.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had my reservations, but I definitely enjoyed my host family, as did many of my friends.

* Food:

My host mother was an amazing cook. Eating out was great also, but it added up in cost over time.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

By the end of the program, Aix becomes home to you. You can be as integrated as you want to be. The school encourages it, but you have to push yourself.

* 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)

It varied week to week, but if you budget well, it is not too difficult. Don't try to spend as much as everyone because we all had different budget.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 80 Euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Look for cheap flights like Ryanair, Jetblue, Aerlingus if you want to travel cheep. If you want to shop, go to the markets on weekends.


* 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? 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? I already spoke the language so I didn't take a class
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? Take a risk and be outgoing and talk to the natives. Make friends with them, and don't be afraid to talk with your host family

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

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?
  • The Staff
  • The Food
  • The City and Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • More classes
  • More interaction with native students
  • THat's really it
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To save up more money