15Stroop Past Review

By (Computer Science, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/08/2014 to 06/05/2015 with

Middlebury - Dartmouth Engineering Dual Degree: Domestic Exchange in New Hampshire

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I took engineering courses and gained valuable engineering skill. However, I didn't enjoy some of the broader courses as much as specific courses that were closer to what I study in my major.

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Middlebury - Dartmouth Engineering Dual Degree: Domestic Exchange in New Hampshire Photo

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.

This is an extremely rigorous engineering program. You will have access to the full breadth of Dartmouth and Thayer School of Engineering resources. As or more intense than normal study.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Not a host country, but Dartmouth could have been a lot better at giving us the resources to start. We were given varying information about what orientation events we needed to attend and were never given a firm arrival date. We also had to go through a manual process of having individual courses from our home schools waived before registering for each course.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Coming from the far away land of Vermont, all the way to New Hampshire, it was hard to assimilate with the locals. After months of hard work learning the culture and the language, they accepted me as one of their own, but only after I made a sacrifice to Daniel Webster.

* 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? No


* 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? USD $25


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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 location
  • The people
  • The classes
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation for Dual Degrees
  • Course scheduling for Dual Degrees
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had more insight into specific classes I would be taking before I had to sign up for them.

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:


Course Department: Engineering
Instructor: Stuart Trembly
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Extremely challenging, but rewarding. You will learn the material well. Problem sets take a long time (some up to 12 hours, weekly) and labs are graded rigorously. You sometimes have to redo labs if you arrive at inaccurate results.
Credit Transfer Issues: I didn't transfer credit.