Language Immersion but Not Really Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 03/13/2016 to 06/25/2016 with

Middlebury Language Schools: Japanese Language School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think my experience was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and other ways of thinking.

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?

The international dorm has a kitchenette with a rice cooker and a sink. There is no stove or oven, though each room has a microwave and a fridge. This makes it very hard to cook. In addition, people who don't live in the dorm aren't allowed inside, unlike many of the other dorms, which makes it harder to hang out with people or make friends.

* 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? No

If I had to do it again, I would choose a different program. My program didn't allow me to live off-campus in order to facilitate language immersion, but I lived exclusively with other American students. In addition, because of the trimester system many interesting classes weren't available. I would have rather done another program.


* 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? 120


* 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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Societal Issues through Newspapers
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Advisors
  • Ease of travel
* What could be improved?
  • Funding
  • Housing
  • Relationships with teachers
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not sure.

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!