By (International Relations, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 08/01/2014 to 12/20/2014 with

Sciences Po: Paris - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a great experience, academically and personally fulfilling. It widen my perspectives towards life, people and cultures.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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?

* 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:

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? approximately 150 dollars (minimum), since the euro-dollar conversion (during my study abroad experience) was very expensive
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? There are always places where you can eat cheap and you can eventually learn how to manage your money. However, if you want to travel to different countries (something I really recommend) you should take some savings with you.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Travel
  • Meeting International Students
  • Experiencing Paris
* What could be improved?
  • Study abroad counseling
  • more scholarships for students to travel more while they are in their study abroad program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Probably simple stuff such as what phone carrier to use, where to do the groceries, and finally how to plan your trips (more tips prior to arrival to your host country).

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.