Rigorous and rewarding September 16, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/28/2019 to 05/15/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Amman

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad is a worthwhile experience, especially if your aim is to learn a language.

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?

* 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

The Middlebury program is easily the most rigorous program in terms of language. You will learn Arabic, period. The language pledge takes adjustment and is not easy. While the administration did its duties in supporting language acquisition, many students, including myself, felt unsupported and detached in other social/cultural spheres.

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 including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 80 - 100 JD per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? The largest expense will probably be taxis - especially if you're taking Ubers. Make sure to allot more than what you think is necessary to transportation costs.

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

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? ARBC 301
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Adhere to the language pledge - it will help you learn faster than anything else.

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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  • 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?
  • Classes
  • Trips
  • Campus
* What could be improved?
  • Student support systems
  • conflict mediation
  • flexibility in terms of classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Language acquisition is hard and even a little isolating. Ubers, though more expensive, will make you feel a bit more secure. Having a "cultural experience" is very much related to what you can spend to do so.

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!