Grew as a person Past Review

By (French Language, Literature, Williams College) - abroad from 08/25/2014 to 01/15/2015 with

Wellesley College: Aix-en-Provence - Wellesley-in-Aix

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how I wanted to live life. I learned how to relax and I learned a bit of French along the way.

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.

The courses were a breeze, but that was not the main motivation of studying abroad. My course load included a fifth year (masters level) finance course from SciencesPo.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was too authoritative. I felt like I was treated like a child instead of an adult.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Had expectations too high of French cuisine.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Great, but night life was too expensive for my taste.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

Never felt unsafe.

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)

300 euros a month stipend is very generous.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 40 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make your lunches instead of always eating out.


* 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

I wish the no English policy was more strictly enforced.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 200-level (French literature)
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Engage in several French clubs (high pay-offs).

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Stipend
  • Openness
  • French classes with French students
* What could be improved?
  • Administration Attitude
  • Forced to join French club early on
  • More French activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I joined more groups early on and I wish I traveled more even if meant that I would be a bum.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.