Summer French Adventure March 04, 2017

By (Washington State University) - abroad from 06/03/2016 to 07/17/2016 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 some French, which I didn't know before, I learned more about French culture, and I learned how to travel.

Review Photos

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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.

Classroom sizes are only 9 students so you get a lot of one-on-one time with the teachers.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My housemom was very welcoming, she taught me some french since my french wasn't very good. She was just like a mom to me :)

* Food:

I ate too much cheese

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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

I met so many amazing people through the program! My host family was amazing, I fell in love with the culture, and I got to study abroad even though I couldn't during the school year.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I went traveling on the weekends and spent about $200 each weekend but I got to go to Paris and Rome so it's worth it!
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan out your weekend trips and buy your tickets in advanced (as much as you can) to save money

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?
  • Host Family
  • Location
  • Size of the classes
* What could be improved?
  • Quick French class before you leave
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Never fly through Vueling, they charged me up the nose with hidden fees to go to Rome for a weekend.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.