I realize most here are not college students but I value the advice of TAers. My daughter is currently a college sophomore in CA. She had been accepted to a study abroad program in Paris through her University. Now she has been found ineligible for rhat program since she has taken too much French (long story). So she is faced with finding another program in Paris (there are many so that's not the problem) or switching her destination to Rome. Her current roommate will be going to Rome and Rome has started sounding appealing to her (they would not be attending the same program but would each be there for the semester).
She has about 5 years of French (4 years in HS and one at college). She was thinking of minoring in French but isn't sure. No Italian but would take italian classes during her semester. In either city she would be part of an organized study abroad program from the US.
She has been to Rome (one day on cruise), never to Paris. I know both are fabulous cities and spending 4 months in either will be amazing. My question is: can you compare the two in terms of the college study abroad experience...getting around the city, friendliness of locals, safety, eating inexpensively, etc? I know everyone on this forum loves Paris (I do too and plan to visit if she ends up there!) but I am looking for some advise and comparisons for her as she is very conflicted right now but needs to make a decision soon. Any advice and suggestions are appreciated!