Own your experience; Make the city your own! September 12, 2017

By (University of Puget Sound) - abroad from 01/15/2017 to 04/28/2017 with

IES Abroad: Paris - Business & International Affairs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I mostly gained confidence in myself. Prior to going abroad I had never really taken public transportation or spoken French outside of French class! Going out of your comfort zone is completely worthwhile and it's incredible to see in myself how much I've grown in just half a year!

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.

Challenging but very informative an well structured.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Making friends and playing soccer with a group of Parisian locals really helped in my cultural integration

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was sick my first week and the doctor came right to the apartment!

* Safety:

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

I could have easily done another semester in Paris if I had the opportunity to. I did not want to leave and am already looking into how to get back!

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)

Depends on whether you eat a lot or generally make your own food

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You can shop for sandwich ingredients at the grocery stores which can really help save money on food

Language

* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 202
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? Talk to local people! The friends that I had made in Paris were the most helpful in my French progression. I could then take what I'd learned from them (and the confidence I'd gained from talking to them) and build upon it in my French class.

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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 classes/professors
  • The location in the city
  • The encouragement to get out into the city
* What could be improved?
  • Receiving pre-departure info earlier
  • Homestay: whether it's English speaking or only French speaking
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack light! I brought way too much with me in my suitcases.

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.'