I grew a lot! Past Review

By (French Language Teacher Education., Bethel University & Seminary) for

ISA Study Abroad in Paris, France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Really learning the language was the best part for me...and now I can say that I lived in Paris!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were not too hard, but since it was a study abroad experience I didn't mind the lighter load.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I did feel that my on site directors really cared about the students and when issues arose I felt comfortable talking to them.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mom was not very kind, she was kind of rude and moody, but my host dad was really sweet.

* Food:

My host mom did not understand what a vegetarien was....she tried to give me veal! And when I told he I didn't eat cow she said, "But it's a baby cow?"

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I didn't make too many friends with the other american students...I was there to learn not get drunk every night, so we didn't really have much in common. But I did meet a few nice people.

* 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


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

I spoke with my host family and at school it helped a lot! By the end of 4 months I was fluent and now I teach French in the States!

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You need to be open and flexable...enjoy the experience...there's nothing quite like it.