Program didn't live up to my expectations Past Review

By (Anonymous University) - abroad from 08/30/2016 to 12/19/2016 with

Study Abroad Programs in France

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Do more research into the program you're choosing.

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.

The courses provided by APA itself were horrible. I think they tried to model the american university system... but with no sympathy or acknowledgement that french is our second language. in the actual university courses I took I received more support and understanding form the professors, whereas at APA it seemed they wanted us to devote our entire lives to their two makeshift university courses.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Incredibly unprofessional and intrusive. If you missed a class they would call you 15-20 times demanding to know why, but never restated the absence policy which led to 4 students in my program (of 10 students) to almost fail an APA directed course... for which they claimed it wasn't their responsibility to tell us about absences... even though the resources were never available to us online. The staff would make snarky or biting comments and clearly exhibited favoritism. Overall they cast a huge shadow over my study abroad experience. Would highly not recommend.

* 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? No

They were the worst part of studying abroad


* 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? $100-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? work really hard the summer before going abroad. It's worth it to have the extra spending money.


* 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

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? High level university french
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • No
  • th
  • ing
* What could be improved?
  • The staff
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That APA would ruin my study abroad experience

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'