IAU Aix-en-Provence
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Sarah Ross

Major: International Politics
Minor: French and International Studies
Hometown: Jenkintown, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through the PSU Education Abroad website. I checked out all the programs offered in France, and came across this one and thought it fit most of what I was looking for.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This program has been the best experience of my life. Aix-en-Provence is a cute town, not too big, not too small, and there is easy access to all of the major cities. I highly recommend studying here. I live with a host family one mile away from the center. I get to live and breathe French culture. Studying French for eight years has extremely helped me in adjusting.

This program has been the best experience of my life.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experienced has taught me more than I would ever learn anywhere else. Not only in the classroom, but we went on field trips and my eyes have been opened in such a better way. Learning about different religions and cultures and experiencing different religions in cultures has changed me forever. I could have never learned or experienced anything like this in the United States. I also have expanded my french. I can't even begin to explain how much my French has improved with this program.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

This has immensely impacted my life. I've always loved the French language and culture and I hope I can move back one day to a city in France and truly immerse myself so I can become fluent. This has also opened my mind in a way where I've changed some of my plans. I'm going to take some new classes next semester because of what I have learned here. Being here has also made me yearn for more traveling and cultural enrichment in other countries.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely. IAU is a small school, so you really get to know the people around you. However, it is not so small that you meet everyone in the school over the course of a few months. You just become really immersed in the life and learn the quirks about the culture and the ability to adjust.

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