Take me back to Nice! France Summer Program Past Review

By (English Literature (British and Commonwealth)., Millsaps College) - abroad from 05/20/2013 to 06/14/2013 with

Millsaps College: Summer 2012, 2013, 2014 Faculty-led Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A greater appreciation for other cultures/history and how it impacts the entire world. It was the most incredible experience I could ask for.

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.

Amazing experience that enabled me to fully embrace the culture while improving my language communication skills.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Extremely accommodating to all students' needs.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Couldn't have asked for anything better.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Only time I felt unsafe was a night by myself.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Roughly $70 on food, just for lunch. Other expenses were a bit higher mainly because it was travel expenses.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget your expenses. Have a fair amount of the country's currency when you arrive, so you don't constantly have to withdraw cash.


* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Basic French I
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 your families!! And try to go to smaller restaurants that want to help you learn.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Class
  • Host family
* What could be improved?
  • Millsaps led excursions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't ever wish/think for one second you are ready to come back to the States.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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.'