A challenging, rewarding semester in the middle east August 19, 2022

By (Geography, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/14/2022 to 05/20/2022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Amman

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
language, culture, a lot about a new part of the world

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? No

the language pledge and difficulty/quantity of work was really overwhelming


* 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)

Easy, food was cheap

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50 on transportation and extra costs
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? the transportation issue is really difficult, expensive, a lot of time. share rides.


* 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? Two and a half years of 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?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • travel opportunities
  • meeting locals
  • new culture
* What could be improved?
  • reduce workload
  • better staff to deal with on-site issues
  • more local integration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? what the experience would really be like for women in the country

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Arabic III

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Khetam
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: Challenging! Difficult! The teacher was amazing, too big of a class size, too much variance in the levels of the students
Credit Transfer Issues: