Awakening March 19, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/02/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Amman

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned alot about myself, and felt like this abroad experience should've been left for the summer, personally for me.

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?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I just feel like I wasted my time abroad

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? $150

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? Intermediate
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

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • bonding activities
  • trips out of the city
* What could be improved?
  • asking students for their living situations, whether they want to live with another student or not
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that Amman was expensive.

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:

Introduction to Jordanian Colloquial Arabic

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Nadia Al-Assaf
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: The professor was very knowledgeable, and helped us transition from modern standard arabic to colloquial arabic very smoothly.
Credit Transfer Issues: no problems
Course Name/Rating:

Intermediate Modern Arabic

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Dalal Al-Assaf
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: This course was great in learning new vocabulary and grammar concepts. Provided me a great base for my other arabic courses that semester.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems
Course Name/Rating:

Media Arabic

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Rasha Jalees
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: This professor was very knowledgeable, and great in fostering a great learning environment. This professor also always knew when the class did not understand and helped us out very much. She also was great in guiding discussion among the class.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems
Course Name/Rating:

Arabic Translation

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Areej Allawzi
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: The teacher was very knowledgable. I enjoyed this course, it was a great introduction into what it is like translating.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems