Middlebury in Jordan! October 23, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/27/2019 to 05/16/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Amman

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about cultural sensitivity and how to navigate another country in another language.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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

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? 50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure you budget!

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? 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? Intermediate/Advanced Arabic
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? Listen to media from the region you are visiting.

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?
  • Guided Independance
  • Sense of Community
* What could be improved?
  • Preparation for tensions that may occur over the course of the semester.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to budget in a foreign city and how different not having a job affects your experience especially if the dollar is weaker. I loved getting to know people and having new experiences but it was often a bit costly.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

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Media Arabic

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Rasha Jalees
Instruction Language: Arabic
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Current Political Issues

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Nour Afaneh
Instruction Language: Arabic
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Intro to Jordanian Colloquial Arabic

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Khetam al-Wazzan
Instruction Language: Arabic
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MSA Level 2

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Nadia Alassaf
Instruction Language: Arabic
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