Best experience of my Middlebury Career! February 27, 2024

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/28/2023 to 06/03/2023 with

CIEE: Amsterdam - Social Sciences + Humanities

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about how to start from scratch in a new city. How important making friends and putting down roots are.

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

The program was a good balance of comfort and foreigness. The location allowed me to travel cheaply and easily. The language is used but not required and the city is fantastic.


* 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)

It was very expensive, seeing as I had to cook and shop for myself.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 500+
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? BUDGET BUDGET BUDGET!! It is so easy to lose track of your finances abroad, especially if you go out and on trips. Plan ahead!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none!
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • The people
  • The location
  • the city of Amsterdam!!
* What could be improved?
  • better programming through the CIEE
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about how to cook and budget for myself

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Cultural Pscyhology

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Iro
Instruction Language: English
Comments: There were field trips, but they were irrelevant to the course material. The class wasn't that challenging, and the instructor didn't seem very interested in the course or the students. Papers and homework were fairly graded and I participated more than in my home institution.
Credit Transfer Issues: No, I used the class for Psych credit
Course Name/Rating:

intro to Dutch

Course Department: Dutch
Instruction Language: Dutch/English
Comments: This was a challenging course, as all language courses are. The field trips were relevant and allowed me to practice my Dutch. I participated more than a normal class at Midd and paper and exams were very fair
Credit Transfer Issues: I didn't have any trouble using this class as a language credit.