Incredible Experience but glad it was only one semester. Past Review

By (Columbia University) - abroad from 09/03/2013 to 12/22/2013 with

Sarah Lawrence College: Paris - Sarah Lawrence College in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a stronger comprehension for the French language and an appreciation for French culture. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I am glad I had.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

While the actual campus is lovely, it feels disconnected from Paris.

* Food:

Food was generally very good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I did not feel especially integrated. Very often I felt like a foreigner.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No problems

* Safety:

While generally safe, the outer arrondissements of Paris should be avoided late at night.

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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Grocery shop as much as possible! Avoid eating out.


* 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

It was required to speak French.

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate French II
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? Try to speak as much as possible if you really want your language skills to improve.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Dorm room
  • Area where we had classes
* What could be improved?
  • Choice of classes/teachers
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew hoe much it would cost a week and a better understanding of the classes I would have to choose

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!