Every day was great until I had to go back to my dorm January 28, 2024

By (Psychology, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/11/2023 to 02/09/2024 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Berlin

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile, but I do wish everything was on the same level as the quality of the program itself. The number one thing I learned is that I will never live in a dorm ever again

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.

The program itself was great. The university and the coursework were not challenging at all. I was bored most of the time

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Amazing, responsive, and understanding

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The room was ok, but everything else about the dorm was terrible: state of the kitchen, hallways, laundry, overall noise, and safety

* Food:

I cooked for myself, so it's 5/5. The meals we had with the school in restaurants were also great

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I'm European, so I'd say pretty well. I get the culture a lot better

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had a few problems, but all were solved quickly and effectively

* Safety:

Not the program's fault, but the dorm was not that safe

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Yes, because of the friends and memories I have made -- and because everyone involved in the program was great. The university and dorm were pretty terrible, so overall I would not go back for a second semester


* 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 had to budget a lot, since the money dedicated for food was very very scarce. For instance, at Midd I receive around 5.5k$ per semester for food, which is about 15$ per meal. Here, I received about 1.5k$ for food for a semester(which is also a month and a half longer). Most of the time, I only ate twice per day and/or had very little for breakfast. Considering the kitchen situation and how dirty it was, this was an extremely unpleasant 5 months. I would never recommend this to anyone else

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I often had to use personal funds to keep up a good nutritious diet
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Go to Turkish bazaars, they are really cheap. But my overall tip is to not be as poor as me, I guess


* 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

We had the language pledge

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? I had completed an Academic Writing Course
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Use it even if the other person talks back in English

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Administration
  • Berlin
  • The food and coffee
* What could be improved?
  • Dorm
  • University courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would need to save up a lot more money to eat properly

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:

Personality Psychology

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: P. Müssel
Instruction Language: German
Comments: Overall, it was a great course in a lecture format. The professor is very lenient and was very helpful. Hard to complain
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Work, Org, Economic Psychology

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Jona Wölk
Instruction Language: German
Comments: A class about diversity in the workplace -- not really anything interesting or something that we don't learn at Middlebury. The professor is great though -- it's just not targeted for a Middlebury audience(we already learn about all of this)
Credit Transfer Issues: