A Perfect Fit Past Review

By (Hamline University) - abroad from 01/13/2016 to 04/30/2016 with

IES Abroad: Paris - Business & International Affairs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about myself and independence. I learned about management across cultures. I learned about other countries and cultures. It was the best semester I could have asked for.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was like a family to me. They helped me through any problem and was always willing to go the extra mile for students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was able to stay with a host which allowed me to try French cuisine and learn more about French culture.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved being able to live with a French host and our trips were always great learning experiences, but I do wish it was easier to meet other French students.

* 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

The staff at IES were always willing to go the extra mile. My host was very kind and loved to help me with my French. I had many opportunities to take trips that taught me even more about the French culture.


* 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)

Living in a city is always expensive, but there were ways to make it cheaper!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure you know how to cook a few basic meals before you go, eating out everyday adds up. Trips while abroad don't always have to be a different country, while in Paris I could use my metro pass to get over 2 hours outside of Paris!


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
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? Find a group of friends who are also committed to using the language and promise to use it when together.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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
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
  • Trips
  • Paris!
* What could be improved?
  • Meeting local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much of an impact 4 months can have on your life. I didn't want to go home!

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.'