Guardians are often amazed that their students returning home after seven weeks of study abroad have changed in ways big and small. At first, students may struggle with reverse culture shock or address their family in the foreign language. Once the initial readjustment is made, guardians find that their sons and daughters have matured. Guardians are invited to read firsthand accounts about some of the impressions and experiences below.
"We were apprehensive about the IUHPFL study abroad experience. However, as we went through the process of addressing our concerns, it became apparent those involved with the program truly understand the importance of making sure students are safe and getting as much as they can from the program. The value of the program is absolute when seeing the results compared to the cost. We recommend the experience!" Douglas Gee
"It may sound cliché but I did not recognize my daughter when she came home. This confident clone, who could barely speak English, was more mature, and more self-directed than the shy introvert we left crying in the security line at O'Hare." Heather Reilly
"The instructors left a wonderful impression on my son, awesome people at IU and host family!!" Sharon Rich
More Student Stories by Country
- Brest , France - Ariel de la Fuente
- St. Brieuc, France - Lauren Testerman
- Saumur, France - Gary Shelton