Amazing! Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/10/2014 to 05/31/2014 with

Sweet Briar College: JYF in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile I learned so much-- not just for the language and the culture, but about independence and the like.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Sweet Briar was very well structured and well prepared and always willing to help students with any questions that arose.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with a host family which allowed me to learn a lot about French culture as well as always have someone to ask questions (how to use the metro, where the best place was to get a haircut, etc.)

* Food:

Too good! My host family made dinner every night which was always lovely, and the boulangeries around Paris are always delicious.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My own French skills were a little lacking, but because of dinners with the host family and the fact you enroll in actual French universities you have a lot of opportunity to integrate yourself if you wish.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Luckily this wasn't a problem for me, so I can't really speak from experience-- you do get health insurance through Sweet Briar.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? at least five euros a day for lunch; the rest depends on yourself

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? 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? French 210
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Living with a Host Family
  • The help SBC provided
  • The people I met
* What could be improved?
  • I cannot think of anything-- the program is exceptionally well run
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be willing to try new things-- take risks! They'll pay off, or make great stories!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!