Wonderful study abroad experience in Guanajuato Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/15/2018 to 06/09/2018 with

CIEE: Guanajuato - Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot of history from a Mexican perspective. It was absolutely worthwhile. I also just learned lots of things from my peers.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I felt appropriately challenged by my direct enroll classes and my program classes.

* 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

It was wonderful. The courses were great and the support system was good as well.


* 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? Maybe $20 a week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No.


* 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

All the time.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300 level course
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just talk to people!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
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?
  • Host famil
  • Direct enroll
  • The community
* What could be improved?
  • Mental health support
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I can't think of anything in particular.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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:

Musical Instrument I

Course Department: Music
Instructor: Rolando Pérez
Instruction Language: Spanish
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Advanced Spanish

Course Department: Spanish
Instructor: Imelda Zavala
Instruction Language: Spanish
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Siglo XX en la Historia de Arte

Course Department: Artes Plásticas
Instructor: Profesor Jaime A. Baillères
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: The class was challenging but supportive. I liked that it was very discussion based and the professor seemed well prepared. I participated a lot and wrote several papers for the class.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.
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Ceramics Using Potter's Wheel and Glaze Finish

Course Department: Visual Arts
Instruction Language:
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Reading and Writing Revolution: Themes of Revolution and Resistance in 20th Century Mexican Literature

Course Department: Literature
Instructor: Flor Aguilera
Instruction Language: Spanish
Credit Transfer Issues: