Nice: A Gateway to Europe Past Review

By (English Lit, SUNY - College at Oswego) for

SUNY Oswego: Nice - IPAG, École Supérieure de Commerce

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Living in France and traveling throughout Europe will be an experience that I will never forget. Although there were some downsides to the program, the friends that I made and the experiences that I had were well worth it. Furthermore, Nice is the most beautiful place I have ever been, and for that I will always be thankful to have studied abroad there.

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.

It's all very different than America.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I thought they would be much more helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

After I found my apartment, I was very satisfied. It was in the very center of the city, and it came fully furnished.

* Food:

Bread, cheese, and wine are the staples of cheap eating in France, and luckily, they are heavenly.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I love to travel, so I seized the opportunity of three-day weekends and the ability to skip a few classes during the week to go to ten countries in five months. I loved every minute of exploring different countries. Hands down, the accessibility to the great cities of the world - Rome, London, and Paris - was the best part of studying abroad. I learned so much more from my side trips than I ever did in the IPAG classroom.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

As previously mentioned, the worst part of being in Nice was the unwanted attention that I received from men. Genuinely, I thought on several occasions that the possibility of being raped in Nice is a fifty fold higher than it is in America.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? about 20 Euro on groceries, 10 Euro between restaurants and bars, and anywhere between 15-100 on traveling.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I did not experience any unanticipated expenses.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate One
Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced French the most in French class. Yes I did speak French everyday at grocers, restaurants, pleasantries with roommates etc. Most people did speak English, however.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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