Stressful, Strikes, and Super cool host family August 01, 2023

By (Communications and Media, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor) - abroad from 01/09/2023 to 05/25/2023 with

Middlebury Language Schools: French Language School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
improved my french, connected with an amazing family. better than being in the usa so i cant compain

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Academics were rigorous. Although Middlebury provided resources, it would have been nice to have more time to enjoy the city

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program


* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

had an amazing host family

* Food:

food was amazing, gained like 12 pounds

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since French people didn't really want to be friends with me, it was hard to make connections

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

GeoBlue made it easy to find a doctor, and I was reimbursed promptly

* Safety:

paris felt so safe

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

the program made me kind of miserable, but i loved my host family


* 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)

if you're smart with your money, it will be easy. if you blow it all, you will be broke

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I don't know
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? make a budget, don't overbuy groceries, stay in cheap hostels if you travel, take public transportation to the airport instead of ubers (except keep in mind strikes will cause this to take longer)


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? high level french
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? no

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

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
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • host family
* What could be improved?
  • connecting with local french people
  • academic stress
  • middlebury classes were literally ridiculous
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? academic rigor was not communicated

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.