Summer in Paris: Memories for a lifetime Past Review

By (Religious studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges) for

NRCSA: Paris - Sorbonne University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Completely worthwhile. I recommend everyone to do at least one study abroad in their lives. You grow exponentially as a human being.

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 in-class time was minimal, but incredibly informative. I found the pronunciation/speaking portions the most informative.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived at the Cite Universite, and loved it. Being immersed with other students from around the world was critical to my language aquisition, and it definitely made me feel less isolated.

* Food:

The dining services at the Cite Universite were more than adequate.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I do not recall any trips or special events planned by my program.

* 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 was able to speak English with most of the other program participants, but it was a French language program so speaking in the language was required.

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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  • N/A

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Spend as little time in your dorm room as possible! Get out and walk everywhere. Paris is an incredible city, and the best way to get to know it is on foot. Don't be afraid to speak in French anywhere, Parisians do love it when tourists/international students make the effort.