Time of my Life Past Review

By (Babson College) - 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?
As a student with only a basic knowledge of the French language, I spent four months learning about the French culture, language, and marketing (my major). I came back to the US wanting to go back Paris immediately. I had incredibly intelligent professors, a caring staff to ensure everything went smoothly, and a host family that made Paris home. I also made friends from all over the world! I hope to study abroad again next spring because of the amazing time I had studying with IES in Paris.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I took multiple courses in marketing, which was perfect for my major. I loved how the classes revolved around businesses in Paris. It was a marketing and cultural lesson combined.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our staff was the friendliest and super welcoming. They made us feel safe in Paris coming to the country right after the tragic November attacks.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family made Paris feel like home.

* Food:

Paris is known for fine dining and it didn't disappoint.

* 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 had such a fantastic time abroad in Paris. It's an experience I recommend to everyone, especially with the IES program who made sure that I was safe and at home in a country so far away. I learned so much in such a short amount of time. I hope to go back real soon. I highly recommend Paris, especially with IES to any college student.


* 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)

Paris is expensive. I saved up for a long time to go abroad.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 350
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to go for the formules at restaurants. They are preset menus (usually three courses) for a much lower price.


* 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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The People
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Learning Everyday
* What could be improved?
  • Longer semester
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack lighter

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!