Funnest learning experience of a lifetime. Past Review

By (French Language and Literature., Stephen F. Austin State University) - abroad from 06/02/2012 to 06/30/2012 with

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Dijon and Paris - French Language and Culture Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile. I learned so much about the culture and language such as the slang used, that I would have never gotten in any class room.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Suisse Ecole Dijon, Suisse Ecole Paris
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The last two days in Paris I would have either loved more lessons, or more free time instead of constant word games.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Both of my families were perfect.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

No complaints

* Food:

absolutely amazing

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Dijon was more culturally stimulating because more French was forced in the community than in Paris where more citizens spoke English to us.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

I never felt like there was any danger to me or my friends.

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)

If I would have just bought food, I think I could have only spent 75 per week for full meals at lunch and food all day Saturday.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 125 Euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Exchange and budget BEFORE you go, don't wait. You may think that you have time, but you don't.


* 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

All the time, which was perfect.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 232
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? Speak as much/as often as you can before and during the trip. The only way to get better is to practice and be corrected by fellow friends and teachers.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Professors
  • Fellow Students
  • Food/culture
* What could be improved?
  • More time at the Louvre
  • Better maps
  • Better explaination of Paris transport system.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much time was actually free for us to use.