Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
In the US travel is expensive : airlines might offer reasonable rates, but the time you are away from work and studies is a factor in how "expensive" and inconvenient regular travel becomes. In France I found I could take a trip every month or so with the train, student discounts were abound, and hostels or budget traveling were simply more convenient to look in to.
The telephone situation, well, if you buy a cell phone and use it without an "abonnement" then you're pretty much going to spend a lot of money.
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was more expensive than at home.
Food, Overall, Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
was less expensive than at home.