Seems strange to say that my Erasmus experience in France has come to an end, it hasn’t fully sunk in yet. I’m currently still on my Christmas holidays and start my next adventure in Spain this February. In this blog I’d like to bring to an end my blogs on France and share with you all my final thoughts.
When I first arrived, I felt that the University wasn’t very organised and It made me miss Leicester greatly. However, after having spoken to my classmates who went to different Unis in France, It seemed that in France the way we were dealt with was normal. After the first three weeks I began to settle.
Quality of courses: 7/10
Access to resources: 8/10
Interactions with teachers: 6/10
Interaction with international students: 9/10
Interaction with local students: 3/10
The courses for me were good, I studied a variety of subjects but the way of teaching was mainly in a lecture style and most classes didn’t seem to have a structure (there was no PowerPoint or any way to follow the teacher easily). I wish there had been more interactions with the local students since I am studying French, however the majority live in villages surrounding Avignon and not in the halls of residence therefore it is understandable.
I found that the South of France was more expensive than Leicester. The transport (buses, trains) are not very expensive, similar to in the UK but the food shopping cost me more.
I am a French and Spanish student and therefore the main reason for me to study in France was to improve my French and gain more confidence in speaking it. Strictly speaking, I feel like I’ve improved a lot because all of the classes were in French and I spoke to the other Erasmus and French students in French. I also improved my Spanish by taking Spanish speaking classes and talking to the Spanish Erasmus students.
Overall, I must say that I enjoyed myself in France, I got to explore a lot of the South of France which without living and studying in Avignon I would not have been able to do. Living and being immersed in such a cultural city allowed me to visit many museums, art galleries etc. which improved my language skills but also my knowledge of France. The weather up to November was very warm and that was one of the highlights.
Thank you to everyone who has read my blogs and followed me on this journey! My next stop is Salamanca, Spain where I will be trying to improve my Spanish by immersing myself into the Spanish way of life 🙂