The Only American in Berlin Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/23/2019 to 02/06/2020 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Berlin

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My writing skills in German were greatly improved.

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.

Was not able to find suitable courses for my major.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Was not near any actual Germans

* Food:

I was entirely responsible for food so this is irrelevant.

* 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

It was very isolating to be the only person in the program, and my living arrangements were not conducive to making friends. I would’ve been less depressed in, for example, London.


* 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? About $100


* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 400- level
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Writing practice
  • Travelled a lot
  • Director was really nice
* What could be improved?
  • Oriention
  • Isolation
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Berlin is a really big city and it takes at least an hour to get anywhere in the city

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

Course Name/Rating:

German Writing Workshop

Course Department: German
Instructor: Giacomo Cruci
Instruction Language: German
Comments: It was pretty good, definitely helped with my German writing abilities.
Credit Transfer Issues: I don’t think so
Course Name/Rating:

Softwareprojekt: Mobilkommunication

Course Department: Informatik
Instructor: Katinka Wolter
Instruction Language: German
Comments: All of the other students were graduate students so it was a little over my level.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not as far as I’m aware
Course Name/Rating:

Rom im Mittelalter

Course Department: Geschichte
Instruction Language: German
Comments: It wasn’t very challenging but it was pretty interesting. I enjoyed it.
Credit Transfer Issues: I don’t think so, but I have to see about it still