a terrific program Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/02/2018 to 05/30/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
again, massive language gains, and definitely cultural knowledge too. a very fun time

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.

it was not academically rigorous, which of course is not at all a negative for a study abroad program. there were resources available such as a tutor to help with assignments

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

the director of the program was somewhat hands off and at certain times dismissive of students complaints or requests for help

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

i adored my housing situation (staying in the student housing), i'm starring down because some 5 students who stayed with host families whose experiences were so miserable they moved to student housing or moved host families

* 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:

one student did have her wallet stolen on a day trip to lyon i think. as for aix itself, it's very safe, though we were warned about pickpockets.

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

overall it was a really great experience. aix was beautiful, the classes were easy, my french improved a lot. it was like a chill french vacation where i got to massively improve my language skills


* 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)

student housing is in my opinion a more expensive option

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? not sure
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? if in student housing, buy in bulk, shop at the smaller supermarkets rather than the monoprix, check out the markets for fresh food


* 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

very good with language immersion

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300
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? homestays definitely help you improve your french a lot more than staying in student housing does

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • language immersion
  • beautiful city
  • easy academics
* What could be improved?
  • housing
  • program direction
  • student activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how much free time i would have on my hands, and to figure out some extra curricular activities myself because the directors weren't very much help

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!