A challenging but worthwhile experience in a Host Family. January 29, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2019 to 01/10/2020 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I am able to integrate myself into French culture, and was able to make lifelong friends with my host family. I learned that Sciences Po has difficult courses.

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.

* 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?

* Safety:

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

I loved living in Aix, discovering the city, and traveling across Europe. I would choose the same program for the contrasting opportunities at Sciences Po and Aix Marseille Université, but also because I had lots of fun with my host family.


* 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 enough food for lunches, but stipend helped a bit.


* 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? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Make local friends

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host Family
  • Taking courses with French students
* What could be improved?
  • Assistance with groups to be a part of.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had found communities to be a part of to make local friends, and not been as afraid to reach out to French students in my classes for help.