Madeleine - AIM Overseas Intensive French in Vichy

Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management/ Arts
July 2018

Why did you decide to complete a short term experience?

I decided to partake in this short term experience to improve my French language and speaking skills and to be immersed in French culture. I have always wanted to travel to a Francophone country and having heard others speak of their amazing experiences on exchange I decided to go!

How has the experience changed you?

I believe I have personally gained so much from this experience, I have learnt a lot about myself and other cultures. My French language skills have improved immensely as well as my problem solving skills from travelling solo. I am confident that this experience has greatly aided in my personal and professional development through providing me with opportunities to challenge myself and learn new skills.

Favourite memory

My favourite memory from this experience was when France won the World Cup and I was able to celebrate with the locals, my host family and friends from the university. It was amazing to see their excitement in supporting their country's team. I really felt immersed in French culture. I also really enjoyed being able to visit nearby towns and attractions on the weekend and spending time with my host family.

Top tips

My advice would be to ask others about exchange experiences they have had to see if it is right for you. You can go to the exchange expo/ exchange office to ask questions and look a the UQ Abroad website. Research the weather so you know what to pack. If there is a facebook group for the exchange you should try and make friends with the other students and meet up when you arrive, you may even be travelling on the same route.

Funding

OS HELP LOAN $6,000 and Travel Grant from UQ $1,000