A different kind of college experience Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 10/04/2017 to 07/23/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Berlin

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Academics wise most classes I took were of genuine interest to me, especially the two related to gender. I also gained exposure to knowledge about Europe from a European perspective. My favorite part of the program has to be my internship, where I got to practice my German in a more "real-life" setting and put my different language skills, coincidentally, to use. The internship, as well as how I was sad when it ended, convinced me that I could see myself coming back to live and work in Berlin.

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


* 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)


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? German Language School 400 Level
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • my internship
  • BabelGuide support
* What could be improved?
  • preparing students for finding housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that starting the papers earlier would make a huge difference.

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Media and Journalism in National Socialist and in the Occupation Period

Course Department: Communication Studies
Instructor: Prof. Dr. Jan Tonnemacher
Instruction Language: German
Comments: I enjoyed the topic of the course; the professor is very knowledgeable and easy to approach. Classes were mainly presentations held by students but the professor contributed a lot as well.
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Course Name/Rating:

German Foreign Policy in Comparison

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Ingo Peters
Instruction Language: German
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Traces of Time in Film

Course Department: Film Studies
Instructor: Eileen Rositzka
Instruction Language: German
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Right Wing Extremism and Gender

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Carmen Altmeyer & Till Herold
Instruction Language: German
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