Life is always beautiful in Paris! Past Review

By (French and Secondary Education, Providence College) - abroad from 01/14/2012 to 05/30/2012 with

Sweet Briar College: JYF in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The world has so much to offer so studying abroad allowed me to appreciate all that I saw. I definitely became more independent and I gained confidence in traveling by myself. I traveled to other countries in addition to living in France which gave me insight into other cultures and how other people live in the world. I have a greater appreciation for my own life. I look forward to traveling much more in the future!

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris Universite 3
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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with a host family who had 4 children and a dog. This was an amazing experience! The family welcomed me with open arms and made me feel so comfortable from the beginning! This definitely had a positive impact on my experience and allowed me to adjust easily to living in another country.

* 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? Yes

Finances

* 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)

* 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? 200 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just save before you study abroad so you have no regrets once you are there!

Language

* 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? 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? 370
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? Take advantage of always speaking the language! Since you are living in the country where it is the native language use it as much as possible!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • I liked the excursions that they provided which were included in the tuition.
  • I absolutely loved living with a host family!
* What could be improved?
  • The process of choosing classes at the Sorbonne.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think I knew enough information before leaving.