What's scarier? The world or not living your dreams? Past Review

By (University of California - San Diego / UCSD) - abroad from 07/03/2017 to 08/04/2017 with

UC San Diego Global Seminars: Paris - Jazz in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about the world around me and how different life can be on the other side of the world. Yet at the same time, being in a western society, many things felt just like home. I would go back in a heart beat so that I could continue learning french and about the french lifestyle.

Personal Information

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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didnt get sick but a few classmates did they were able to get the help and rest they needed.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I only wish we could have been given the opportunity to integrate more. It was too easy to stick with my english speaking classmates. Perhaps if there were an optional component to the program where students can practice speaking french or at least be taught some basic


* 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)

of course traveling would change this cost. but living expenses alone were quite low.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? grocery shopping is the best!


* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the style of learning
  • the trips
  • the weekly news letters from CEA on what to do that week in Paris
* What could be improved?
  • more options or adivce for cultural immersion
  • more updates on local events
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? next time I go back I wont be as afraid to practice my french

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'