The Parisian journey of a lifetime Past Review

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 01/13/2016 to 05/01/2016 with

IES Abroad: Paris - Business & International Affairs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about what exists outside the Americas and how we are perceived and how much different the world is than what we know it as. Broaden my perception.

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.

Absolutely amazing.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

First housing arrangement was awful, but second housing arrangement was the best I could have asked for.

* Food:

Who can complain about food in Paris?

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You can't help but be immersed in the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Very easy and simple if there was a problem.

* Safety:

During one of the most hostile times in the country's history, I felt very safe for the most part.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Everything about the programs details, locations, and staff made this an absolute amazing experience.


* 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? $600
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up about a semester or year before going. Or take out loans because there's nothing worst than not having enough money on the journey of a lifetime to do whatever you want to do.


* 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

Je suis Parisien

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
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? Spanish 3
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? There's so many phone applications that make it easy to learn the basics or foundation of a language before you even arrive.

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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Coursework
  • Culture
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I'd lose out on a scholarship back home just for going abroad.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.