Results are in

Survey results are in! Thanks to everyone who participated, you guys are fantastic! The results aren’t very wide-ranging in terms of the different académies, my fault as I didn’t do much to disseminate the survey. That being said, please feel to comment thoughts you have on your académie or fill out and share the survey. I will periodically update this page if new results come in.

Académie de Montpellier 

1.) Which city were you placed in?

Nîmes

Carcassonne

2.) What size city did you request?

Large

Medium

3.) What were your favorite things about your académie?

The great transportation! 1.50 euro buses and cheap regional trains. I like exploring the outdoors, and le Parc naturel regional de la Camargue was amazing. It is a beautiful region. I found I generally liked the people in Nimes.

Close to the sea, close to mountains, close to Spain, generally nice weather, rugby culture

4.) What were your least favorite things about your Académie?

Street harassment seems pretty prevalent in the south, but generally, nothing.

Can’t think of any bad things specific to the Académie.

5.) Please rank these things about your city (averages).

1 2 3 4 5
Transportation (1= poor, 5= great)  ✓
Cost of living (1= expensive, 5=cheap)  ✓
Orientation effectiveness (1= not very, 5= very)
Things to do (1= not many, 5= many)
Amount of English spoken (1= not much, 5= a lot)  ✓

6.) Top 3 choices for académie:

Montpellier, Strasbourg, Poitiers

Montpellier, Limoges, Nantes

7.) Theoretical choices for the future:

Lyon/ Grenoble, Dijon, Toulouse

8.) Comments

I LOVED my school I was placed at.

Académie de Paris/Versailles/Créteil PVC

1.) Which city were you placed in?

Cergy

2.) What size city did you request?

Large

3.) What were your favorite things about your académie?

I get to live in Paris.

4.) What were your least favorite things about your Académie?

I have to commute really far.

5.) Please rank these things about your city (averages).

1 2 3 4 5
Transportation (1= poor, 5= great)
Cost of living (1= expensive, 5=cheap)
Orientation effectiveness (1= not very, 5= very)
Things to do (1= not many, 5= many)
Amount of English spoken (1= not much, 5= a lot)

 6.) Top 3 choices for académie:

Bordeaux, Nantes, Nancy

Academie of Versailles seems to be very disorganized.

 Académie de Lille 

2.) What size city population did you request?

Medium

3.) What were your favorite things about your académie?

The insane friendliness of the locals, the ease of learning French here (because no one speaks English!), the proximity to Belgium/Netherlands/England.

History and Food

4.) What were your least favorite things about your Académie?

It is not as beautiful as the South perhaps, and it is quite cold and rainy.

Terrain

5.) Please rank these things about your city (averages).

1 2 3 4 5
Transportation (1= poor, 5= great)
Cost of living (1= expensive, 5=cheap)
Orientation effectiveness (1= not very, 5= very)
Things to do (1= not many, 5= many)
Amount of English spoken (1= not much, 5= a lot)  ✓

6.) Top 3 choices for académie:

Lille, Strasbourg, can’t remember

Aix-Marseille, Lille, Anywhere

7.) Theoretical choices for the future:

Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Aix/Marseille

Guyane, Martinique, Aix-Marseille

8.) Comments

There is a reason they call this region the friendliest in France!!

Académie de Strasbourg 

2.) What size city population did you request?

Large

3.) What were your favorite things about your académie?

Proximity to Germany, Switzerland, and other towns in Alsace; great Christmas markets and beautiful area

4.) What were your least favorite things about your Académie?

I was placed in a small town despite my request for a large city, and it was very difficult to meet people and make friends. Also, I had over 300 students whom I only saw a couple times a month, making it very difficult to get to know them.

5.) Please rank these things about your city (averages).

1 2 3 4 5
Transportation (1= poor, 5= great)  ✓
Cost of living (1= expensive, 5=cheap)  ✓
Orientation effectiveness (1= not very, 5= very)
Things to do (1= not many, 5= many)  ✓
Amount of English spoken (1= not much, 5= a lot)  ✓

6.) Top 3 choices for académie:

Strasbourg, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz

7.) Theoretical choices for the future:

Bordeaux, Nice, Grenoble

Académie de Nice

2.) What size city population did you request?

Large

3.) What were your favorite things about your académie?

Weather, Things to do, Proximity to touristic cities and attractions.

4.) What were your least favorite things about your Académie?

It is expensive!

5.) Please rank these things about your city (averages).

1 2 3 4 5
Transportation (1= poor, 5= great)
Cost of living (1= expensive, 5=cheap)  ✓
Orientation effectiveness (1= not very, 5= very)  ✓
Things to do (1= not many, 5= many)  ✓
Amount of English spoken (1= not much, 5= a lot)  ✓

6.) Top 3 choices for académie:

Nice, Rouen, Lille

7.) Theoretical choices for the future:

Nice, Rouen, Lille

Académie de Nancy-Metz

1.) Which city were you placed in?

Sarrebourg

2.) What size city population did you request?

Medium

3.) What were your favorite things about your académie?

Rural, friendly, location between Nancy, Metz, and Strasbourg, excellent teaching staff.

4.) What were your least favorite things about your Académie?

Lack of peers/young people in my city.

5.) Please rank these things about your city (averages).

1 2 3 4 5
Transportation (1= poor, 5= great)  ✓
Cost of living (1= expensive, 5=cheap)  ✓
Orientation effectiveness (1= not very, 5= very)  ✓
Things to do (1= not many, 5= many)
Amount of English spoken (1= not much, 5= a lot)  ✓

6.) Top 3 choices for académie:

Aix-Marseille, Nancy-Metz, Orleans-Tours

7.) Theoretical choices for the future:

Nancy-Metz/Strasbourg

8.) Comments

Take advantage of the northeastern France, especially if you love the outdoors… it is the most undervalued and beautiful place!

Académie d’Amiens

1.) Which city were you placed in?

Chauny

2.) What size city population did you request?

N/A (did not have a choice)

3.) What were your favorite things about your académie?

Cheap/free housing, location to Paris, friendly people

4.) What were your least favorite things about your Académie?

Not much going on, mostly small cities

5.) Please rank these things about your city (averages).

1 2 3 4 5
Transportation (1= poor, 5= great)  ✓
Cost of living (1= expensive, 5=cheap)
Orientation effectiveness (1= not very, 5= very)  ✓
Things to do (1= not many, 5= many)
Amount of English spoken (1= not much, 5= a lot)  ✓

6.) Top 3 choices for académie:

Aix-Marseille, Lyon, Grenoble

7.) Theoretical choices for the future:

Amiens, Lille

8.) Comments

Being placed in a small town can be rough, but it was actually a very rewarding experience in the end, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s why I’m still in France.

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About Quiche Lauren

A blog by an English teaching assistant in Nîmes (Académie de Montpellier) through the TAPIF program.
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3 Responses to Results are in

  1. Shannon says:

    Hi there! Just went back and took the survey as I noticed there was nothing for the Academie d’Amiens. I was an assistant there from 2007-2010 🙂

  2. Morgan says:

    This is SO SO helpful. I’ve just been accepted to Nancy-Metz for the upcoming school year and haven’t been able to find much information in terms of people’s specific experience there. Reading TAPIF blogs is a little scary because the whole experience seems hit-or-miss depending on your académie placement.

    Thanks!!

    • Hi Morgan! I’m so glad you found this helpful. To a certain extent, the TAPIF experience is really what you make of it. No one’s experience is like anyone else’s, nor will yours be. Above all, congratulations! It’s so exciting to learn of one’s placement : ) Enjoy TAPIF!!!

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