As Expected Past Review

By (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey) - abroad from 03/15/2018 to 07/27/2018 with

Middlebury Language Schools: Japanese Language School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I improved my Japanese language skills considerably

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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?

Not allowing visitors in Dialogue House is counterproductive to making new friends at school.

* Food:

A shared kitchen is needed in Dialogue House.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

see comments about not allowing visitors at Dialogue House.

* 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 exactly what I expected


* 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)

It would have been easier to save money on food if there was a shared kitchen.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? ~$100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? boil eggs in your hot water kettle


* 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? Content-based courses
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? Use the phone app Japanese Handwriting, and also Google Translate app

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Field trips outside of Tokyo
  • Interesting study material
* What could be improved?
  • Better organization of due dates for assignments
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Once you move out of Mitaka, you have to cancel your health insurance even if you are still in Japan

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!