Study Abroad: Life at San Francisco State University – Rebecca

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Rébecca, a3rd year student, has decided to do a Study Abroad This is an exchange semester in one of the partner universities of the school and the INSEEC Group. Currently at San Francisco State University since the beginning of the semester, she tells us about her experience:

Why did you choose to do a Study Abroad?

A.: I chose to do a Study Abroad to discover a new country but also to meet people with a different culture, teachers with a different pedagogy. I have never been to the United States before and it seemed essential to go there! I chose to do it at San Francisco State University to live the experience in an American university, on a real campus where dozens of nationalities cross paths every day.

What were your impressions of San Francisco?

My first impressions are very positive! The first thing that struck me when I got off the plane was the weather! Here the sun shines almost every day.
The people are very welcoming and always willing to help others.
San Francisco is a cosmopolitan city: there are many nationalities and many students.

What is campus life like?

It’s really great! Foreigners are very welcome. A farmers’ market comes to campus once a week and there are food trucks present every day.
The student center gathers all the student associations, a university restaurant but also a bookstore. The campus also has a large library that provides work space and a large number of literary references.

How did you fit in?

An association takes care of us and invites us to all kinds ofevents (cultural outings, restaurants, and parties). There is also an integration week reserved for all foreign students which allows us to integrate easily and discover the city! There are group projects in each course which allows us to integrate quickly with the American students, who are welcoming and happy to talk with foreigners.

How did you find accommodation on site?

I found a place to live before arriving in San Francisco thanks to the contact of one of my roommates. Generally, students arrive a week before classes begin to find housing and find it within that time frame!

Updated 24 February 2022