Switzerland is Special. Past Review

By (French, Truman State University) for

ISEP Exchange: Lausanne - Exchange Program at Université de Lausanne

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

The grading system is a lot different from the American educational system. For one thing, it's a whole lot easier to fail here and a heck of a lot harder to have a perfect score. Overall, I felt like I learned more in my year abroad than I did in the three years that I will have spent at my American university. I feel like there is more value in the work that I've done here than at home.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Everything is expensive in Switzerland.

* Food:

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? Switzerland is expensive. Housing: 470 CHF/month, Insurance: 80 CHF/month, Groceries: 35-50 CHF/week, Transportation: 60 CHF/month, Dining Hall: 50 CHF/week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? The high price of transportation.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I had nearly completed my undergraduate degree in French, so 400-level.
Language acquisition improvement?

This is Switzerland we're speaking about, not France; I'd say that 90 percent of the population speaks English. However, I used the host language as my principal mode of communication. All of my flat-mates spoke with me in French.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A student who is self-motivated, goal-oriented, and willing to work.