I will definitely want to go back! Past Review

By (French Language and Literature., Potifical Catholic University of Puerto RIco) - abroad from 06/03/2014 to 06/20/2014 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?
What I gained is not measure in grades. I gained memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. I also learned about a culture that is rich, diverse and very old.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It's a combine learning. You have the classroom but also cultural exposure and excursions.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone of the administrative staff was supportive and caring. They are always available and open to talk to.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was sick one day and the took care of me until i felt better. After that day, the wellness director made a few follow ups on me to make sure I was good.

* Safety:

Aix is a safe city, but is a city none the less. So, if you go out at night, don't go out alone and if you live a bit far away from the old part (where most of the clubs are) take a taxi!

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150 €
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to establish a daily spending limit. That way you have better control on your money and dont spend it all the first week.


* 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? Intermediate
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? The best way to practice is by trying. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, but never give up. Keep trying. In Aix, locals appreciate when you at least try to talk their language and if you have to much trouble they will talk English. And ALWAYS say BONJOUR!

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?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Friendliness
  • Seriousness
  • Cultural Immersion
* What could be improved?
  • Week-end hours
  • Pre-departure orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Information about scholarships and transportation.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!