Best experience. March 26, 2024

By (Physics, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/10/2022 to 06/10/2023 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Engineering skills.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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


* 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? 100/week


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Engineering Department
  • School Culture
  • Friends
* What could be improved?
  • Knowing more before entering.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had proper discussions on the classes I needed to take before. I was misled before going to the program realizing I was behind in my degree and would need to take 6 physics classes my senior year to graduate on time.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: Engineering
Instructor: Thayer School of Engineering
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: Yes, none of my mechanical engineering classes counted toward physics and it was just a difficult/frustrating situation to make sure I graduate on time. For other students, I would make sure going into the program to know that Middlebury will not accept any engineering classes toward the major. If someone has issues with getting enough physics credits in time, make sure you have a plan to triple up senior year or take an extra class at Dartmouth.