My Summer in Aix Gave Me a New Appreciation for France Past Review

By (Government, The University of Texas at Austin) for

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?
Yes, very much so. I went because I wanted to learn the language better and I did.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes were very well taught and very enriching to the experience. Both classes I took covered the history of the region I was which made me appreciate it that much more.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They answered all my questions, from places to go to dinner to even how to get to another country if I wanted to go elsewhere. They were all extremely helpful and made the effort to get to know all of us.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The food was delicious. My host mother also made a point of feeding us a lot of Provencal food which really helped my experience.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We got to go on a few field trips around Provence which were all wonderful. I feel like I really got a feel for what the Provence culture is like.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The city of Aix is super safe. Although I probably shouldn't have, I did walk home alone a few times at night without a problem. The only thing to look out for is for pickpocketers, but they aren't that big of a problem in Aix as they are in the big cities.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Nope, everything they provided was very helpful.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Second semester of upper division French.
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

The staff tried to use French with us as most as possible but they all spoke English as well. However, my host mom spoke only French so that's how I practiced my french the most.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This program is great and is perfect for someone who likes a smaller city with authenticity.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Ancient Art and Archeology

Course Department: ARC 311
Instructor: Durand
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class did require significant studying but we did have a lot of excursions which made the class much more enjoyable.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Speaking of Provence

Course Department: COM 312
Instructor: Potter
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was excellent. We got to watch a lot of media that involved Provence and it really added to my study abroad experience.
Credit Transfer Issues: Yes, both did. I would recommend them.