Vive la France Past Review

By (English/French, 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?
I gained a new perspective on French culture and lifestyle. By the end of the trip, I was acclimated to the French way of life and had a little culture shock in returning to the United States.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Excellent professors

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Fantastic administration

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

First host family was a bit cold.

* Food:

I mean, it's France.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Almost felt French.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

Very safe trip, no one was even pick-pocketed.

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)

France is an expensive country.

* 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? $175
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Roll your own cigarettes.


* 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.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Senior level courses
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak it all the time, even with the other English speaking students.

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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food
  • Host mother in Paris
  • Professors
* What could be improved?
  • Host family in Dijon
  • More activities
  • Travel
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Lots of French slang.