Fun City not so fun program July 14, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/21/2019 to 05/06/2019 with

Sciences Po: Paris - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Met people from all over the world and improved my French. Explored Europe. Is definitely worth it.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The academics are not as hard. Professors usually have another real job so they are only accessible through email but not office/in person except for classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The exam schedule comes out really late, which makes it hard to plan for the end.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in homestay through third-party website. Pretty good.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

A bit segregated and hard to get to know local students if you're in the English track. Clubs are hard to join if you're there only for the second semester. But was able to meet a lot of other international students and Paris is a great city to live in.

* 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

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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What could be improved?
  • More opportunity to be with local students
  • Better administrative efficiency
  • Better courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will have to really really try to meet local students. Have a good French foundation.