Name: Raphael Saurel
Major: International Business Administration
School: Alliant International University School of Management

Q:  Why did you choose to study in the US?

A:  “I actually chose the USA because, for me, this country offers a good higher-level education and most of its universities deliver well-known diplomas. Moreover, in France, we hear a lot about the USA on TV through movies and comedy shows, on the radio through music, or in the newspaper as the USA is one of the most powerful countries in the world. I just wanted to get to know what is going on there, on the other side of the world. I must admit that I am not disappointed at all.”

Q:  As an international student, what do you think about American life?

A:  “I did pretty good to settle here. American people are very warm and welcoming. Actually, when arriving here, I found a room by myself in a family house. I have always wanted to integrate and understand better the American culture. I was not disappointed at all. The family who I live with is wonderful and I sincerely feel like home. Moreover, I am totally autonomous which means that I can invite many friends and enjoy my stay here in San Diego. When I have some free time, I enjoy chilling out with my friends, attending Alliant International University events and I always go the various associations’ meetings. I think it is a good way to make new friends. My life here is great. I met a lot of foreign friends coming from China, Germany, Mexico, etc. Thus, we can share a lot about our respective cultures. Studying here at the university is a brilliant opportunity to familiarize with the system of education here which is much different from France but really interesting.”

Q:  What is the difference between your country and U.S.A.?

A:  “Concerning the difference with my country [France], I must admit that I am not disoriented here. Even though the cost of living can be higher (especially concerning the rent), people’s habits are not so different. As I mentioned before, the education system is not really similar to the French one but Alliant makes things easy for foreign students. We are few students in class which allows us to ask questions and feel more comfortable. Moreover, my schedule is well-adapted to my way of life which allows me to have free time to enjoy my life here. Overall, I think this experience is very constructive and I definitely advise people to do the same if they have the opportunity.”