Study abroad in Paris Past Review

By (Management, SUNY - Binghamton) for

SUNY Oswego: Paris - La Sorbonne

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I would definitely chose the same program again. My French language skills improved drastically and my knowledge of the French culture increased as well.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I think that the workload was fair, and the overall class atmosphere was much more relaxed than in the US. I especially liked how our program director was also our professor for one class. The one thing that I really did not like or ever get used to was the grading system.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I really liked our program director, Madame Garelli. I found her very helpful and understanding. However, the actual administration of the Sorbonne was very slow to process requests, such as classroom changes.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Before going abroad, I just assumed that renting out an apartment in Paris would be much more expensive than living in a dorm. However, it turns out that many of my friends who did rent apartments ended up paying a third of what the dorms cost. I think that it would be helpful to future students if the program recommended the apartment option to more students. The name of my campus was Cite Universitaire. Other than price, I think that it was adequate. It was a safe neighborhood, very close to a widely used metro.

* Food:

I cooked a lot for myself; however, I enjoyed going out for meals as well. Food is much more expensive than in the US. If I were to recommend one restaurant to a future study abroad student, I would tell them to go to Crepes A Go-Go in front of the Pantheon.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The trip that was organized by our program director to the Champagne region was fun and enjoyed by a lot of the students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Before going abroad, I expected to feel a little unsafe living in a city. However, the campus that I lived on and the district was the exact opposite. I had to see a doctor once while I was away; my program directer referred me to her doctor.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? On personal expenses and food, I spend about 2,000 in four months.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would have allocated more money for food.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

Although I only studied abroad for four months, my language skills improved more in those four months than they did in the six years that I have studied French. A lot of people knew English; however, I found it easy to practice my French with locals.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This program would be beneficial to any student who wants to enhance their French by taking general education classes.