Immense October 27, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/25/2019 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 so much about living in a different culture, and learning to adjust my lifestyle and expectations while remaining happy and comfortable.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I felt that the program was very rigorous in a positive manner.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I thought the staff was wonderful truthfully, and that they made a large effort to make sure that the students were content.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I wish that the family had included us more in their family events.

* Food:

Dinner was usually very good, but Breakfast was just some pita every morning which became a little bit hard to eat, and lunch was usually also pita with cheese.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I think this is very difficult to achieve in Amman, but I thought the most valuable part of the program was the mentors, who were our link to the local culture. Truly they were phenomenal people to have on our team.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I think being a male plays a large role in why I felt so safe.

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)

I found Amman incredibly expensive, mostly because of transport.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to use the buses if you can.

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? 200 arabic
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Mentors
  • Traveling
  • Speaking with locals
* What could be improved?
  • Transportation options provided by the college
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more local arabic coming in! :)

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Arabic 3

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Khatem
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: This course was excellent and I learned an immense amount.
Credit Transfer Issues: