Rouen Past Review

By (Fairfield University) - abroad from 01/05/2012 to 06/05/2012 with

NEOMA Business School: Rouen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

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

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Compared to home university, host university's resources seem lacking. Textbooks are never needed, and library does not aid in research.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I am just a very picky eater. But, for the price, the university cafeteria is not so bad.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

After a while, I learned to blend in.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Students with health issues were advised to stop by the pharmacy. If medicines did not help, schedule a visit with the doctor, which may take up to several weeks.

* Safety:

As with any other place, especially if you are a female, be careful and never travel alone at night. Even on campus, there can be a lot of shady people around at night. There have been several incidents where females have been harassed.

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)

It was very expensive, given the exchange rate. I had to pay for everything over there: monthly housing rent, food, laundry, internet, bus tickets.

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 90
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? When you get there, it may seem overwhelming and you want to try everything. Traveling around Europe seems really cheap and easy, but if you are really on a student's budget, don't travel like you're on vacation. It may seem boring and like you're losing a bunch of opportunities, but it really eats up your money.


* 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

The course was a repeat of what I already took at home.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
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? Finding French students to help might work, but most of the times, they want to improve their English as well. Walk around the city and notice how the French use their language. Eventually, you'll pick up the little secrets that textbooks never mentioned.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Culture
  • Delicious bread and coffee
  • Cheap bread and coffee
* What could be improved?
  • Preparation
  • Communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive it would be.