Studying Abroad in France

What is your name and what do you so

My name is Katie, and I am now a qualified Teacher.

Where did you go?

Châteauroux (a small town in central France)

How old were you when you studied abroad?

20 years old

What made you take the leap and study abroad?

I specialized in French as part of my teaching degree and this allowed us to go and study abroad for a month.

What did you do during your trip?

During my trip, I spent one day in University each week, learning about the French education system, and spent the other three days in a school. In school, I observed a range of lessons and taught English to 5/6 year old children.

How long were you away?

One month.

Did you find the language barrier a big issue?

Being completely immersed in the language did provide some challenges, however I felt that I had enough basic vocabulary to get me through most daily situations.

View on Paris at sunset

Did the trip help you to learn French?

Yes, talking French daily definitely helped to improve my language skills.

How did you plan your trip?

My university planned the trip for us.

What percentage of time were you working/learning in the school and how much free time were you given? What was this balance like?

Like I said, I studied at University one day a week and was in School teaching for 3 days. In France, the children do not attend School on Wednesday, so this day was spent catching up on Uni work and completing set tasks for our placement. I felt that the balance was really successful.

What did you do during your free time?

Two out of the four weekends I was in France, I stayed in the town itself. There, I visited local markets, the cinema, restaurants…etc. The other two weekends I spent in Paris.

What was the highlight of your trip?

Visiting Paris.

Were there any low points during your time away from home? If so what were they?

The area where we stayed was quite isolated and therefore the evenings were quite dull. The amenities in the local area were also very limited which did make you miss home sometimes!

Would you recommend studying/working abroad?

Definitely! It was a fantastic cultural experience which I gained lots from.

What one piece of advice would you give anyone planning to study/work abroad?

Be prepared! Try and learn as much conversational language as possible before you go.

Would you recommend travelling solo or in a group?

Personally, I preferred travelling in a group, as I had the support of other people on my course.

Would you work abroad again now you are a qualified teacher?

Yes, this is something that I hope to do in the near future.

Did the trip make you want to travel more?

The trip has definitely sparked interest in visiting other countries.

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