Friandises with Friends January 15, 2024

By (Biological Sciences, French, Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/27/2023 to 01/10/2024 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experiences was one of the best things I have ever done and it was definitely worthwhile. My French skills improved dramatically, I gained a profound understanding of French culture and the French perspective. I also became a whole lot braver and more confident, definitely more outgoing and ready to say "yes" to trying new things and having fun.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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 had so much fun and learned so much! I made really great friends (even if I didn't make as many French friends as I had hoped to). Aix is a beautiful city and was the perfect place for my study abroad experience.


* 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? $110


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 223/advanced
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? Radio/Podcasts!

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
  • 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?
  • The close friends that I made in the program
  • How supportive the program was, making sure you have the best experience possible
  • The care with which host families were selected
* What could be improved?
  • Flexibility in academic matters
  • Acommodation of students with disabilities
  • Explanation of cultural allowance
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I'm actually kind of glad I went into this experience with basically no knowledge and no expectations!

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.