It's all about the internship July 30, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/07/2019 to 05/06/2019 with

American University: Washington D.C - Washington Semester Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live and work in a city.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I believe that living and working in a city is a great experience, and one that, as a Middlebury student, I would have not experience unless I took advantage of this program.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Consider making meals ahead and bringing them to your internship.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Internship
  • Location
  • Criminology and Justice
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
  • Administration
  • Integration with general campus
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Apply 100% of your efforts into finding the right internship. Some people enjoyed this program while some hated it. The internship defined their experiences.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Washington Semester Research Project

Course Department: Washington Semester Program
Instructor: Marie Fritz
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class just revolves around a student's independent research, so it is great as long as the student is interested and willing to put in the work.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Economic Policy

Course Department: Washington Semester Program
Instructor: John Ifediora
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Ill prepared professor who gave students little idea about how they were doing in his course.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Criminology and Justice

Course Department: Washington Semester Program
Instructor: Jason Fabrikant
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class had tons of great experience-based aspects that contributed in meaningful ways to my learning.
Credit Transfer Issues: