Paris: City of Beauty, Music, & Culture Past Review

By (University of California - San Diego / UCSD) - abroad from 06/30/2015 to 07/31/2015 with

UC San Diego Global Seminars: Paris - Jazz in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained confidence in following my dreams and turning them into reality. The experience was the best world exposure I ever had.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was attentive of the students needs.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment was comfortable and spacious.The home helped me adapt to the Paris lifestyle.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Paris is a wonderful city that takes pride in admiring the arts and history of music.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The pharmacies are greatly skilled and provide excellent service to determine which over-the-counter medicine is necessary for the customer.

* Safety:

Be careful with oncoming strangers who may wish to start a conversation with you. Act natural if the situation cannot be avoided but if you cannot, just say sorry and walk away.

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? $230+
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save plenty of money ahead of time to study abroad. Apply for scholarships and earn money from a job.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Scenery
  • Jazz
  • Culture
* What could be improved?
  • Introduction
  • Activities
  • Instruction
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I know now that I will gain more out of my studying abroad experience if I take classes during the academic year.