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Summer in Paris (ICP)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Dreams come true

I titled this 'Dreams Come True' because for me, studying abroad, living in Paris, France; they did. My dream was to go to Paris and live there; I made that happen. I loved learning and experiencing their culture. I think their language is one of the most beautiful languages that there is to learn. There was always something to do in Paris and I loved that. I also gained a whole new love for art. Prior to Paris, I had never cried or had gotten emotional looking at artwork. All of this changed when visiting the museums in France. Their artwork is one of a kind and it is astonishing learning the history behind these artifacts. I got to live another dream of mine which was going to Disneyland Paris. This was my first time at Disney. A lot of tears were shed to say the least. I love Disney and it was honestly the best day of my life. Each day was a blessing. It is hard to put into words how amazing it is to have the opportunity to live and learn other cultures besides your own. I highly encourage individuals to venture out and grasp new civilizations!

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    3

  • Health & Safety

    2

  • Community

    4

CISabroad summer in Paris

I really enjoyed going abroad and getting to spend a month living like a real Parisian in Paris! It was very convenient to make weekend trips around Europe!

As far as learning French, it would have been much better to stay with a host family, rather than in an apartment with other study abroad students (one of my roommates didn't know any French yet, so we all spoke English within the apartment). I'd definitely recommend living with a host family when you're abroad. Also, it was difficult to make friends who lived in Paris because the school was filled with study abroad students (made friends from the UK, India, China, etc. but not from France). I wish that CIS Abroad would have organized some social meeting between us and some French students who were interested in learning America.

I loved the group activities that our program director organized and worked with us to customize (going to museums, group dinners, tours of neighborhoods, etc.)!

Even though there are some ways that the program could improve, I am so glad that I went! It was an incredible experience! I can't wait to go back!