SAI in Paris is the best experience of your life!! October 27, 2015

By (Psychology, James Madison University) - abroad from 01/06/2015 to 05/26/2015 with

SAI Programs: Paris – Study Abroad at The American University of Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be independent and take care of myself without the comforts of home. Learning how to travel independently and get around a city was very important

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.

The classes were not terribly difficult and the course content was very interesting. Some very good professors

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Incredibly helpful and supportive in the process of living in a new country

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My apartment was little but great. I couldn't have pictured a better place to spend 4 months in Paris. Everything worked well and it was extremely comfortable

* Food:

Food in Paris is incredible and there's lots of great international options as well

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I could have done more but I did get to meet some great French people during my time abroad

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe, even during the Charlie Hebdo events going on I never felt like my safety was threatened

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* 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? 50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook from home with groceries from the store If you are going to use the metro a lot, buy a monthly unlimited pass

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • The Housing
  • The School
  • The Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • More diversity in students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How quickly it would be over!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.