Centre International d’Études Françaises (CIDEF) Testimonials
Age (while abroad): 27
Where did you go?:. Angers, France
In what school did you study?: CIDEF / UCO
When did you go?: Feb 2020 - June 2020 (Spring 2020 semester)What was your prior language knowledge (if applicable)?: Two semesters at MSUB Have you studied abroad before?: No
Why did you do study abroad?:
The math major program had a foreign language requirement of 2 semesters. I thought this was asinine so I decided to take more than 2 semesters and learn enough of a foreign language for it to be useful.
Would you do this again?: Yes
What was your favorite part?:
Hands down it was communicating with other students from around the world. Being part of a conversation where the only shared language is a secondary language at best was humbling. It required patience from all the parties involved and when the message was comprehended there was a shared joy of knowing that what you said was actually understandable or that you understood something in a foreign language. There was a visible desire to say more, but at my classmates and my current level, we had to use other non verbal cues to fully understand the magnitude or meaning of a statement.
What was your least favorite part?:
The confinement because of COVID-19
How has study abroad affected your life now?:
It has raised my confidence in my abilities to travel around the world and provided me with a wealth of memories of a foreign country.
What did you learn, outside of academics, from your study abroad experience?:
I learned that we are mostly the same; we just come from different parts of the world and have different accents.
What advice you would offer students interested in studying abroad?:
Do it. It’s not as expensive as you think, and it’s an incredible experience.