Great way to learn about language and cuture August 09, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/01/2018 to 05/17/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Amman

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained language skills and it was worthwhile

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.

* 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?

I had a health issue that involved a hospital visit and while the Geo Blue resources were available they were very difficult to manage and I had to do it all on my own while trying to complete my finals.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I wanted a program that was challenging linguistically and Middlebury is the best one in Jordan

Finances

* 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 super easily... food was fine but transportation was SO expensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I would say around $20
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Use buses!

Language

* 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

always

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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? 202
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? talk with everyone

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
  • Americans
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 focus on language
  • the cultural exchange
  • being in Jordan
* What could be improved?
  • better support, especially for internships and direct enrolling
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How awesome the Jordan is and to take advantage of it

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

MSA Arabic 301

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Khetam
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: there was a huge focus on politics (as with most of the courses there) and as someone who ha little interest in politics that was frustrating
Credit Transfer Issues: nope